STAR PREVIEW: Liverpool v Spurs

The last time that Liverpool and Tottenham met, it was in the Champions League final, but the two sides have gone in different directions ahead of their crucial meeting today in the Premier League.

Liverpool are top of the table, 26 matches unbeaten in the league and 13 points clear of a Spurs side who have hit their worst struggles of the Mauricio Pochettino era.

Results like a 7-2 thumping at home to Bayern Munich, losing to League Two Colchester in the EFL Cup, and also their 3-0 defeat at Brighton – when the performance was arguably even worse than the result – would have been unthinkable just over a year ago, but Spurs have hit a slump hard.

However good teams tend to refind their form at some point and the visit of Red Star Belgrade on Tuesday was the perfect tonic for Spurs, with Harry Kane and Heung-min Son both bagging braces whilst Erik Lamela got in on the act as well as assisting two goals.

The presence of Dele Alli was vital as his runs allowed more space for Lamela to be a creative outlet for Son, and with those four on the pitch Spurs can threaten Liverpool.

However, playing Red Star at home and taking on Liverpool at Anfield is an entirely different matter. Liverpool are on a 14 match winning streak at home and have not lost at home in the Premier League for an astonishing 44 matches, including games against this Tottenham side at their peak.

Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur
Premier League
16:30 Sky Sports Premier League / Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Ultra HD

HEAD TO HEAD RECORD
(Maximum 10 matches, since 2000)
JUN 2019 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Tottenham 0-2 Liverpool
MAR 2019 PREMIER LEAGUE Liverpool 2-1 Tottenham
SEP 2018 PREMIER LEAGUE Tottenham 1-2 Liverpool
FEB 2018 PREMIER LEAGUE Liverpool 2-2 Tottenham
OCT 2017 PREMIER LEAGUE Tottenham 4-1 Liverpool
FEB 2017 PREMIER LEAGUE Liverpool 2-0 Tottenham
OCT 2016 EFL CUP Liverpool 2-1 Tottenham
AUG 2016 PREMIER LEAGUE Tottenham 1-1 Liverpool
APR 2016 PREMIER LEAGUE Liverpool 1-1 Tottenham
OCT 2015 PREMIER LEAGUE Tottenham 0-0 Liverpool
FEB 2015 PREMIER LEAGUE Tottenham 3-2 Tottenham

Jurgen Klopp’s men played poorly against Manchester United but they will be pleased enough with a point from that encounter and they were much better against Genk in midweek when the skill and pace of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino proved to be too much for them.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s star performance, with two excellent goals, was a major boost as he adds another attacking weapon to Klopp’s considerable attacking arsenal when on form. However, there is one minor downside for Liverpool – the defence which was so excellent last season hasn’t quite hit the same standards.

Liverpool haven’t kept a clean sheet at Anfield this season and only kept three in total, with one coming at MK Dons in the EFL Cup, and Spurs will feel confident of at least getting on the mark once regardless of the final score in what could be a tight game.

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