Match preview: Liverpool v Tottenham


Possibly Tottenham’s toughest test in their run-in, Mauricio Pochettino’s men nonetheless have a great chance to put some pressure on leaders Leicester.

This is the only occasion in their final seven matches that Spurs play before the Foxes and a victory at Anfield would take them to within two points of Leicester, with Claudio Ranieri’s side to host Southampton on Sunday.

There was a time when Tottenham travelling to one of the big north-west clubs meant a certain three points to the home side but this Spurs outfit are made of sterner stuff.

As well as immense talent, they have strength and steel, and possibly most important, they have now self-belief.

With Harry Kane and teenage star Dele Alli leading the way, Tottenham always have goals in them and the Premier League’s highest scorers will fancy their chances of adding to their tally of 56 goals at Anfield.

Liverpool are still growing under Jurgen Klopp and inconsistency has been a problem for them – not just between games but within them too as was shown when they threw away a 2-0 advantage to lose 3-2 at Southampton before the international break.

Much will depend on how their key man, Philippe Coutinho recovers after travelling to South America as part of Brazil’s World Cup qualifying campaign.

While a victory would be ideal for Tottenham, the feeling is that Leicester will drop points somewhere in the run-in and a point at Liverpool wouldn’t be such a bad result for Spurs.

Avoiding defeat will be Pochettino’s priority and with Liverpool perhaps having one eye on their Europa League quarter-final first leg clash with Borussia Dortmund next Thursday, a draw may also satisfy Klopp.



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