Match Preview: Tottenham vs. Liverpool

As the International break finally comes to an end, Liverpool heads down to the capital to take on Tottenham to begin their run of seven very tough matches. The Anfield Talk’s Logan (@kidddlogan) previews the matchup.
Who: Tottenham vs. Liverpool
When: Saturday, 15 September
Where: Wembley Stadium, London
Time: 12:30 GMT, 7:30 EST
TV: Sky Sports Premier League (UK), NBCSN (US)

Liverpool

Looking to continue the unbeaten season, Klopp and his men need to start this seven game stretch with a win over a somewhat unhealthy Tottenham side. The last match against Leicester City showed resilience that previous teams in the years past had not shown. The mistake from Alisson was soon picked up by the rest of the squad and they fought for the three points.

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Expect to see the same defence that has been fielded the last four games as everyone has returned back with no injuries. Dejan Lovren is a question mark heading into this game. He did not feature in Croatia’s latest friendly against Portugal. Klopp hinted at his return after the International break, but with the way that Gomez and van Dijk are performing, there is no need to rush him back.

The midfield that could be fielded at Wembley is a complete toss-up. Everyone is currently available which is key as Paris Saint Germain come to town on Tuesday. I’d expect to see a trio of Henderson, Milner, and Keita to preserve Gini Wijnaldum for Tuesday.

The front three have to get going. The lack of creativity thus far, has been putting the team into close matches that should be won by multiple goals. With Hugo Lloris most likely out for Tottenham, a shooting gallery must take place to put Michel Vorm under pressure to generate opportunities.

Team News

The only question heading into Saturday is the status of Dejan Lovren. He never featured for Croatia during the break and was hinted at a possible return after the break by Klopp. Whatever is holding him back from returning, there is no need to rush it due to Gomez’s incredible run of form.

 

Tottenham

Mauricio Pochettino’s men are coming off of a disappointing defeat to a surprising Watford side. Pochettino has not been happy since that match due to the lack of pressure and urgency during that match. If they want a solid chance against Liverpool they will not be able to let their guard down at the back or during set pieces which costed them against Watford.
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Lucas Moura has been the only bright spot for this Spurs team as he netted twice against Manchester United and contributed to Watford’s own goal. He has brought the spark to this team that Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen, and Harry Kane have failed to do so thus far.

The midfield and wing backs of this Spurs team will have to be on high alert with the overlapping runs and diagonal movement from the Liverpool front three and the two wing backs. Liverpool are trying to get the attack up and running and Spurs will definitely feel the brunt of this, so withstanding the pressure will be key if they want a result.

Team News

Hugo Lloris is questionable once again heading into Saturday. He missed the last Premier League match against Watford and did not feature in France’s squad during the break. As it stands, it looks like Michel Vorm will retain his place in the squad.

Dele Alli is another big question mark heading into Saturday. He missed England’s last match against Switzerland and is thought to be unfit for Saturday.

Harry Kane is the biggest question mark of them all for Saturday. He also missed England’s last match against Switzerland and is thought to be unfit for Saturday.

Previous Meetings

The last time these two teams met it was full of controversy. Liverpool came out on the front foot and Mo Salah was able to slide one past Lloris for the opener. Victor Wanyama hit an absolute beauty into the upper corner which seemed to seal the draw in the 80th minute. A penalty was given to Spurs in the 87th minute which saw Loris Karius deny Kane. That was only the start of the controversy to come. Mo Salah was able to work his magic once again and netted an absolute beauty in the dying seconds which seemed to seal the victory. Spurs made another push towards the Kop and somehow was given a penalty after a dive from Erik Lamela after van Dijk pulled out of the challenge. Harry Kane then buried the penalty which saw full time to be completed.

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The first meeting last season is one that Liverpool want to forget. It was an absolute thrashing after defensive mistakes from Lovren which started the Lovren out movement. That game at Wembley last season remarkably seemed to instill character and heart into the squad to jumpstart the season.

Prediction

There is absolutely no love lost for these two teams and it will be a very tough matchup. I think that Liverpool will be able to come out on top 3-1.

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