Anfield plays host to Champions League final rerun – Liverpool vs. Tottenham Preview

26 October 2019

Liverpool welcome struggling Tottenham to Anfield on Sunday afternoon, looking for a repeat of last season’s Champions League final success.


Liverpool vs. Tottenham

Sunday, October 27, 2019 – 4.30pm (GMT)
Anfield
Premier League
Referee: Anthony Taylor


After the relative disappointment of only drawing 1-1 at Man United last weekend, the Reds bounced back in style on Wednesday.

Jurgen Klopp‘s men eased to a 4-1 win away to Genk in the Champions League, keeping the defence of their European crown on track.

Sunday sees another crucial Premier League outing come Liverpool’s way.

Spurs head to Anfield with plenty of question marks surrounding them, even though they thumped Red Star 5-0 in midweek.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side have endured some dreadful results this season and there is a feeling that they may have reached the end of their cycle.

MADRID, SPAIN - SATURDAY, JUNE 1, 2019: Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk (L) and Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane during the UEFA Champions League Final match between Tottenham Hotspur FC and Liverpool FC at the Estadio Metropolitano. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The north Londoners are still a side brimming with talent, however, with individuals who can win a game on their own.

Liverpool will understandably be strong favourites going into the game, but their recent performances haven’t been convincing throughout the 90 minutes.

If they aren’t at the races this weekend, Spurs could capitalise, as they look to avenge their defeat in Madrid back in June.

Should the Reds turn up and the visitors’ current woes continue, it will be another afternoon to cherish on Merseyside.

With Man City likely to be just three points behind by the time the match kicks off, the pressure will be on.

 

Team News

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, September 14, 2019: Liverpool's Joel Matip during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Newcastle United FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Joel Matip could still be missing for Liverpool, while Xherdan Shaqiri also remains sidelined.

They are Klopp’s only injury concerns, however, with Trent Alexander-Arnold expected to return after missing the Genk victory with a virus.

Dejan Lovren may continue alongside Virgil van Dijk if Matip is out, although Joe Gomez remains an option.

It will be interesting to see what Klopp does in midfield, with six strong options at his disposal.

GENK, BELGIUM - Wednesday, October 23, 2019: Liverpool's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (L) celebrates scoring the first goal with team-mate Fabio Henrique Tavares 'Fabinho' during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between KRC Genk and Liverpool FC at the KRC Genk Arena. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Fabinho is a certainty to start, as always, but the manager must then decide whether to be cautious or dynamic in his approach.

Gini Wijnaldum and Jordan Henderson could easily be restored, but the midweek performances of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita have provided serious food for thought.

Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino are all fit and available, with a rest likely coming their way against Arsenal in the League Cup on Wednesday.

Hugo Lloris is facing an extended spell on the sidelines for Spurs, after dislocating his elbow at Brighton earlier this month, but summer signing Ryan Sessegnon is closing in on inclusion.

 

Last 5 at Home to Tottenham (All Competitions)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, March 31, 2019: Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates after his header forced a winning goal, an own goal from Tottenham Hotspur's Toby Alderweireld during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Won 2-1 – March 2019 (Firmino, Alderweireld OG; Lucas Moura)
Drew 2-2 – February 2018 (Salah x2; Wanyama, Kane pen)
Won 2-0 – February 2017 (Mane x2)
Won 2-1 – October 2016 (Sturridge x2; Janssen pen)
Drew 1-1 – April 2016 (Coutinho; Kane)

 

Did You Know?

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, March 31, 2019: Liverpool's Roberto Firmino scores the first goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Spurs have only won twice at Anfield in the Premier League in 27 attempts.

The first of those victories came back in August 1993, when Nigel Clough’s opener was swiftly cancelled out by a Teddy Sheringham double.

Then in 2010/11, on the penultimate weekend of the season, the north London outfit won 2-0, thanks to goals from Rafael van der Vaart and Luka Modric.

 

Form

GENK, BELGIUM - Wednesday, October 23, 2019: Liverpool's Sadio Mane scores the third goal during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between KRC Genk and Liverpool FC at the KRC Genk Arena. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool – Last five results (all competitions)

Won 4-1 vs. Genk
Drew 1-1 vs. Man United
Won 2-1 vs. Leicester
Won 4-3 vs. Salzburg
Won 1-0 vs. Sheffield United

Tottenham – Last five results (all competitions)

Won 5-0 vs. Red Star Belgrade
Drew 1-1 vs. Watford
Lost 3-0 vs. Brighton
Lost 7-2 vs. Bayern Munich
Won 2-1 vs. Southampton

 

Klopp’s View

Speaking in his pre-match press conference, Klopp lauded the influence of Fabinho at the heart of Liverpool’s midfield:

“It was clear it will not be perfectly tuned with Oxlade and Naby around [against Genk], because they didn’t play a lot together in this formation. But it’s a possible formation, for sure.

“Fabby had a lot to do, to sort some little gaps which we left open in different situations.

“The job of the No. 6 in modern football is incredibly important. The more offensive all the players around you are, the more important it gets.

“But he’s not only a ‘gap-closer’, a ‘challenger’ or whatever: he’s a very good footballer as well.”

 

TV & Liveblog Info

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, September 14, 2019: A silhouette of television cameras during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Newcastle United FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool vs. Tottenham is live on Sky Sports Main Event from 4pm (GMT), with kickoff at 4.30pm.

Chris Williams is tasked with talking you through the action on This is Anfield’s matchday liveblog, keeping you entertained from 3.45pm.

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