Looking to bounce back following their weekend setbacks, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur will lock horns on Wednesday, 16 December 2020, in a crunch top-of-the-table encounter at Anfield.
The Reds have lost just one of their last 15 Premier League games against Spurs (winning 10 of them), going down 4-1 at Wembley in October 2017. Moreover, Liverpool have won their last four matches against Tottenham in the English top-flight, all by a margin of just one goal (2-1 three times and 1-0 once).
To make the historical aspects worse, Spurs have won only one of their last 26 Premier League away games at Liverpool (losing 17 of them), winning 2-0 in May 2011 under Harry Redknapp.
On the other hand, Spurs have never lost six times in a row against Liverpool across all competitions – they last endured such a negative streak against an opponent versus sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United between September 2001 and September 2004 (seven consecutive defeats).
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Jurgen Klopp’s men missed out on the opportunity to go top of the Premier League alone and were somewhat fortunate to come out with a point from a game in which they were shockingly second best and sloppy for big periods to an impressive and well-organized Fulham side on Sunday.
The 1-1 draw at Craven Cottage – with a significantly reduced number of home fans allowed to visit their favorite ground for the first time in the season – saw Liverpool failing to benefit from the mistakes of their main rivals – as the likes of Tottenham, Chelsea, as well as both Manchester clubs all dropping points earlier in the weekend.
However, Jurgen Klopp’s men themselves have already dropped 11 points in the English top-flight this season (7-4-1), with the Reds only dropping 15 throughout their title-winning 2019/20 campaign.
Forced off at the break against Fulham, Joel Matip must overcome a back issue and will be assessed ahead of Wednesday’s clash, though the experienced centre-back might not be risked and skipper Jordan Henderson could once again step in and become the second Liverpool midfielder to deputize at centre-back.
Should Matip is not fully fit to play here and Jurgen Klopp opts for Henderson’s experience, Nathaniel Phillips and youngster Rhys Williams may have to settle for a place on the bench as Klopp would really need more experienced ballers to handle Spurs’ in-form aces.
Alisson returned in goal and this would increase Liverpool’s defensive stability, though Caoimhin Kelleher did well to replace his Brazilian teammate in several games.
Trent Alexander-Arnold enjoyed his first Premier League start since the 1-1 draw at Man City on 8 November and the local Liverpool lad was subbed off midway through the second half against Fulham. However, Alexander-Arnold will have to be on level and perform much better against a potent Tottenham Hotspur side, particularly when everyone will expect bigger defensive contribution from the England right-back.
Diogo Jota, who could already boast five League goals for the Merseysiders, joined the likes of Joe Gomez, Virgil van Dijk, James Milner, Konstantinos Tsimikas, Thiago Alcantara and Xherdan Shaqiri who are all injured.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was included in Liverpool’s matchday squad for the visit of Fulham and the England international is yet to feature for the Reds in 2020-21 following a long recovery from a knee injury sustained during the pre-season training camp in Austria.
It also remains to be seen whether Guinean midfielder Naby Keita will be fit to face Spurs as he’s one of the players who can possibly offer more creativity in midfield.
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Spurs will be heading to Merseyside on the back of an unsuccessful attempt to beat London rivals Crystal Palace in the rain at Selhurst Park on Sunday.
Harry Kane’s 9th Premier League goal of the season gave the North Londoners the lead midway through the first half, while Jeffrey Schlupp struck late to earn Palace a hard-fought 1-1 draw, with both goalkeepers being largely unconvincing in their efforts to prevent either goal. However, Crystal Palace’s stopper Vicente Guaita eventually redeemed his error when he made a brilliant one-handed save to deny Eric Dier’s stoppage-time free-kick and saved the point for the Eagles.
All in all, despite dropping their slim lead in the second half against Crystal Palace, Jose Mourinho’s men remain unbeaten in their last nine away games in the Premier League (winning five) – their longest such run since April 2018 (also nine).
Spurs ace Harry Kane has been directly involved in 19 goals in 12 Premier League games this season (9 goals, 10 assists) and another goal will see him reach double figures for both goals and assists, which would be a remarkable achievement. The fewest appearances needed to achieve this in a season during the Premier League era is 17 matches, achieved by Arsenal’s Cesc Fàbregas over the course of the 2009-10 campaign.
Besides, England forward Harry Kane has also been involved in five goals in six away Premier League games against the Merseyside Reds (four goals and one assist). However, even though he has scored in four games at Anfield, Kane never ended on the winning side (2 draws and 2 defeats).
Rotations could be on the table for Mourinho as Tottenhams’ boss could be willing to reshuffle his pack in order to field a more fresh starting XI compared to Jurgen Klopp’s limited options on many key fields.
Ben Davies, Giovani Lo Celso, Matt Doherty, Dele Alli, Gareth Bale and Lucas Moura are among the options should Mourinho really dare to rotate his well-working system here.
Wales superstar Gareth Bale has been involved in five goals in his last four games against Liverpool in all competitions (3 goals, 2 assists), with the coming one potentially being his first game against the Reds since the 2018 UEFA Champions League final in Kyiv, when he scored twice for Real Madrid’s 3-1 win.
However, Bale was not in Spurs’ 18-man group at Selhurst Park, but Dele Alli did make the matchday squad, though as a substitute, for the first time since October.
Right-back Serge Aurier was fit after a recent knock, while midfielder Tanguy Ndombele also recovered from a minor injury that ruled him out of action from the victorious North London derby.
Possible Starting Lineups of Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur
Liverpool: Alisson – Trent Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Joel Matip, Andy Robertson – Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum, Curtis Jones – Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane. (4-3-3)
Tottenham Hotspur: Hugo Lloris – Matt Doherty, Toby Alderweireld, Eric Dier, Sergio Reguilón – Moussa Sissoko, Pierre-Emile Højbjerg – Lucas Moura, Giovani Lo Celso, Son Heung-min – Harry Kane. (4-2-3-1)
Spooky Express Betting Prediction
Spurs will face a very difficult task, perhaps their most challenging one since the start of the new season, and should they want to emerge victorious at Anfield, they must find the right rhythm to end Liverpool’s remarkable home record of 65 top-flight matches without defeat.
The Reds will be keen to extend their fabulous form at their fortress Anfield, yet with so many considerable absences for Jurgen Klopp’s selection, particularly in defense, the North Londoners will be confident of securing a positive outcome at Anfield in midweek.
With so many absentees and the list growing as a result of Diogo Jota’s recently announced injury layoff, it’s not like Jurgen Klopp has many options to surprise fellow tactician Jose Mourinho, who would be encouraged to get the better of his German counterpart.
Surprisingly or not, an experienced personality as Jose Mourinho has never won away against Jürgen Klopp in five attempts in all competitions (2 draws and 3 losses), making the Liverpool boss the one he’s faced the most away from home without ever tasting victory.
Already without a host of key men for their impressive home wins over Leicester City and Wolves, 3-0 and 4-0 respectively, Liverpool have shown how capable they are of producing a dominant performance regardless of the circumstances.
The Reds have paid tribute to former manager Gerard Houllier, who sadly passed away, and we expect another match where Liverpool will eventually show their winning mentality under Jurgen Klopp and will edge past Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur side. It could be a tough one, indeed, yet unlike their unconvincing away form, Liverpool are red-hot favorites at Anfield and we’re backing them.
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