Match Preview: Tottenham vs Liverpool

Liverpool have the chance to break another record when they face Spurs at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday.

A win for the reds would see them break Manchester City’s best start to a season after 21 games. City drew their 21st match against Crystal Palace, during the 17/18 season to reach 59 points. Liverpool sit on 58 with Spurs to come.

Team News:

After resting several key players in the FA Cup third round victory against Everton, Jurgen Klopp will look to recall his star players for the trip to Spurs.

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Mo Salah, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and co are all expected to return to the starting XI.

Joel Matip and Xherdan Shaqiri both returned to training this week and look set to take a place on the bench. Matip has been out for a few months with a knee problem, whilst Shaqiri has been out for a few weeks with a muscle injury.

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Jurgen Klopp has though confirmed both James Milner and Naby Keita will not be available for the clash due to injury;

“James and Naby are not available. Both are muscle injuries, different and for different people, so we see how quick they will be,”

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Klopp also said that both Dejan Lovren and Fabinho look set to return to full training next week;

“Dejan and Fabinho we expect to be back next week in full training.”

Spurs will be without top striker Harry Kane until April after he torn his hamstring versus Southampton on New Years Day.

Predicted XI

I expect the team will be our strongest available with Oxlade-Chamberlain getting a start in midfield.

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Allison; Trent – Gomez – Van Dijk – Robertson; Henderson – Wijnaldum – Ox; Salah – Firmino – Mane

What to Expect

Back in October on sky sports, Jose Mourinho cited how Liverpool struggle to score versus teams with a ‘low block defence.’

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This means that Spurs are likely to play very compact, strict and without much real attacking intent.

The three-time Premier League winner has had success in the past playing this way against the reds for Chelsea and Manchester United.

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I expect a tough, frustrating game for the reds with Spurs looking to snatch a goal from a counter-attack which is easier when Harry Kane isn’t in the team, with the pace of Son and Moura.

In the reverse fixture, Harry Kane scored before a minute had been played but the reds went on to beat then Pochettino’s men 2-1, thanks to goals from Henderson and Salah.

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Prediction

I predict a 1-1 draw with Mourinho producing one of his so called ‘masterclasses.’

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