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STAR PREVIEW: Liverpool v Tottenham

Why are Tottenham Hotspur, perhaps the best side yet to visit Liverpool in the title race run in, so big to scupper the Merseysiders’ title plans?

The Lilywhites have been in poor recent form, especially on the road, and 15 points separate the two, but it is hard to imagine the gap between two of the best sides in the country (and Europe if you want to take the Champions League form literally) being as big as 8/15 and 21/4 here.

Spurs are only 14th in the form table, having lost three of their last six, with only two victories, but Mauricio Pochettino’s men are better than they’ve shown during that run and it’s more likely that they will come back to their best form sooner rather than later. Prior to losing their last three matches, they had won nine out of ten on the road away from Wembley.

It’s not so long ago that Spurs actually won at Borussia Dortmund to complete a comprehensive Champions League success and there is enough latent quality in the side to be competitive regardless of what form Liverpool bring.

Dele Alli’s return – and subsequent game time for England – should mean he’s ready to spark life into an attack, with Harry Kane and Son Hueng-Min tasked at trying to get in behind Van Dijk, the Premier League’s outstanding defender this season.

Liverpool come here with all to play for in the title race, although this is a must win for them as City have fixtures against Fulham and Cardiff upcoming this week (the latter being their game in hand) which will almost certainly end up with six points for the Citizens.

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

(Maximum 10 matches)
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
AUG 2014 PREMIER LEAGUE Tottenham 0-3 Liverpool
MAR 2014 PREMIER LEAGUE Liverpool 4-0 Tottenham

The incredible form of Sadio Mane, with 11 goals in his past 11 games, has kept them on the road both domestically and in Europe – and whilst he will be looking forward to taking on Kieran Trippier today, both Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah have become quieter in recent weeks and if Spurs can make life difficult for him they can give themselves a fighting chance of going toe to toe with their hosts. Certainly, this can be tighter than the markets suggest.

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