Liverpool vs. Tottenham
Sunday, October 27, 2019 – 4.30pm (GMT)
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.
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.
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.
They are Klopp’s only injury concerns, however, with Trent Alexander-Arnold expected to return after missing the Genk victory with a virus.
It will be interesting to see what Klopp does in midfield, with six strong options at his disposal.
Fabinho is a certainty to start, as always, but the manager must then decide whether to be cautious or dynamic in his approach.
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)
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?
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.
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)
“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 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.