Liverpool vs. Tottenham
Premier League (35) | Anfield
Saturday, May 7, 2022 | 7.45pm
Liverpool made us sweat in midweek but they delivered yet another high for us to enjoy by securing their place in the Champions League final against Real Madrid.
Here are 10 things to know ahead of the penultimate league game at Anfield.
1. Spurs on top four chase
There is nothing on Tottenham‘s agenda other than clinching top four to close out this season, a position they find themselves two points adrift from with four games remaining.
Their rivals, Arsenal, currently occupy the fourth spot in the table and with the two still to meet, any misstep will prove damning.
While inconsistency has been their kryptonite, they have taken six points from Man City this season and two from Liverpool. They can’t be taken lightly.
2. Missing in action
Conte was always to be without Matt Doherty, Oliver Skipp and Japhet Tanganga due to season-ending injuries, and they will certainly be without Sergio Reguilon.
The defender’s groin issue has forced his kept him away from team training and Conte even conceded he is “not sure if he’ll be back” before the end of the season.
After a convincing 3-1 win last time out and a six-day break, Conte could very well make just one change to the XI that overcome Leicester, with Dejan Kulusevski taking Lucas Moura’s place.
Possible Spurs XI: Lloris; Romero, Dier, Davies; Emerson, Hojbjerg, Bentancur, Sessegnon; Kulusevski, Kane, Son
3. Stark contrast
It’s astounding to think that three years ago these two teams were getting set to face each other in the Champions League final in Madrid.
What has happened in the years since has seen Liverpool and Tottenham set off on a vastly different trajectory, one racking up the silverware as the struggles to end a 14-year wait for a trophy.
Klopp has guided the Reds to four further trophies since that day in Madrid (which could yet be added to this season), while Spurs have had four different managers in the hot seat.
Talk about sliding door moments…
4. A FULL squad
What a treat it has to be able to say Jurgen Klopp has all members of his senior side available to him!
But with the Brazilian back in full training and up for selection, Liverpool’s embarrassment of riches continues to astound.
5. Predicted Reds XI
With a four-day break between games, changes could be kept to a minimum as Klopp looks to keep rhythm and consistency all the while balancing his squad.
How nice is it to have all these options!
6. Speaking of Salah
The man loves a goal against Tottenham at Anfield!
There are few opponents Salah does not enjoy facing but in total, he has six in 10 appearances – will he make it at least seven in 11 on Saturday?
7. Press conference
Talking in his pre-match press conference, Klopp stressed how difficult this match will be, noting Spurs’ counter-attacking threat:
“Massive, massive test. I think if I would watch from outside I would say, ‘OK, that will be difficult, hey, for Liverpool?’
“Especially away from home, they are not too bothered about having the ball all the time, stuff like this. They defend compact, and these kinds of things, and then obviously [they have] some of the best counter-attacking players in the world. So we need to find solutions for that.”
8. Did you know?
Klopp and Conte have met five different times in English football, and the two like to call it evens more times than not.
Klopp has the same record, as Conte’s Chelsea side from 2017/18 inflicted his only defeat at the hands of the Italian thanks to a narrow 1-0 win.
The other three games, all in the league, ended in a draw – the most recent of which was the frustrating one in north London back in December.
Here’s hoping it’s Klopp that adds a win to his ledger on Saturday!
9. Oliver, Oliver!
Michael Oliver, a referee many regard as the best in the Premier League will oversee this particular fixture.
Oliver has not been shy in brandishing a red card this season with nine in 38 games across all competitions, but let’s hope that’s not necessary where Liverpool are concerned!
And in the VAR booth for the night is Darren England.
10. How can you watch?
Liverpool vs. Tottenham is live on BT Sport 1 for those of you in the UK, with coverage starting from 7pm ahead of the 7.45pm kickoff.
It’s another big occasion for the Reds and if watching on the television doesn’t tickle your fancy, Henry Jackson is at the helm of This Is Anfield’s matchday live blog from 7pm – you don’t want to miss it!
Up the Reds.