Unlike their most recent meeting last month, when both sides were involved in a mouth-watering top-of-the-table clash at Anfield, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool could both be out of the top-four when the game kicks-off on Thursday night, 28 January 2021.
This will be their first match since 16 December 2020, when Roberto Firmino’s last-minute header broke Spurs’ stubborn resistance at Anfield and helped them to overtake Tottenham’s top spot.
However, we can say that both sides are downtrending since then and a defeat here would be another disappointing experience for either side.
The Reds have lost just one of their last 16 Premier League games against Spurs (winning 11 of them), going down 4-1 at Wembley in October 2017. Moreover, Liverpool have won their last five matches against Tottenham in the English top-flight, all by a margin of just one goal (2-1 four times and 1-0 once).
Tottenham, on the other hand, have now lost six times in a row against Liverpool across all competitions – including their 2-0 defeat in the 2019 Champions League final. 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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Spurs have been doing better in their away games so far – winning the majority of their points (18 out of 33) on the road – and Jose Mourinho will hope to turn things up when his side has some reasons to finally beat Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool.
The North Londoners regret they couldn’t materialize some of their chances to avoid a defeat or to even claim the three points at Anfield last month. Since the dramatic loss against Liverpool, Jose Mourinho’s side not only lost the pole position, but they’re out of the top-four in what seems to be an extremely competitive Premier League campaign.
They’re now fifth in the table – only a point behind the Reds, yet with a game in hand – and could inspire a potential surge in their ranking should they manage to worsen Liverpool’s crisis.
Remaining competitive on four different fronts, Spurs had to wait until late goals from Harry Winks and Tanguy Ndombele ensured they overcame a scare against a spirited Wycombe side (bottom of the Championship table) to reach the FA Cup fifth round.
Jose Mourinho’s men have already reached the final of the League Cup and will face the defending champions Manchester City on 25 April, and are also through to the knockout stage of the UEFA Europa League.
Centre-back Joe Rodon could keep his spot alongside Eric Dier over experienced Belgium defender Toby Alderweireld after a solid display against Sheffield United last time out.
Tanguy Ndombele, who scored a brace against Wycombe on Monday night, became the first substitute to score twice in a match for Spurs since Roman Pavlyuchenko against Birmingham in May 2011.
He has now scored in back-to-back games – Ndombele also scored for Spurs’ 3-1 win at Sheffield United on 17 January – and considering his current form and influence, the France international should start against Liverpool.
Giovani Lo Celso is a long-term absentee for Jose Mourinho’s game plan, while Ben Davies, Matt Doherty and Dele Alli are all doubts for the North London side.
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With just two wins in 9 Premier League away games this season (2-5-2), Liverpool have the 13th worst record when it comes to playing on the road and to make the situation even worse, their long-lasting unbeaten home form was shockingly ended by Sean Dyche’s Burnley side last week.
The 1-0 loss to Burnley was Liverpool’s first Premier League defeat at Anfield in 69 games, the second-longest unbeaten top-flight sequence behind Chelsea’s 86-game unbeaten run at Stafford Bridge that ended in October 2008.
Liverpool are now fourth in the Premier League and the defending champions could even slump to sixth, should their Merseyside rivals Everton and West Ham United both win their midweek games.
Furthermore, Jurgen Klopp’s side suffered another setback when they were knocked out from the FA Cup on Sunday, losing 3-2 in a thrilling encounter with old foes Manchester United at Old Trafford. The second time they failed to beat the Red Devils within a week – after the goalless Premier League draw at Anfield earlier this month.
Thiago Alcântara’s influence has been one of the few positives at the Merseyside Reds over the past weeks and Liverpool’s summer signing should once again start in the middle of the park, while skipper Jordan Henderson remains a doubt and will be assessed ahead of the trip to North London.
Veteran James Milner started at the weekend so either Xherdan Shaqiri or youngster Curtis Jones could start alongside Thiago and Gini WIjnaldum in central midfield.
Mo Salah’s brace against the Red Devils wasn’t enough to inspire something more in the derby game but it should be considered a positive as the Egyptian had scored just once in his six previous appearances and it was a goal against Aston Villa’s youngsters in the FA Cup earlier this month.
Jurgen Klopp remains without an injured quartet of Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Naby Keita and Diogo Jota, while Joel Matip (was out of the group against Man United) and Sadio Mane (came off the bench) should be recalled to the starting XI here.
Possible Starting Lineups of Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool
Tottenham Hotspur: Hugo Lloris – Serge Aurier, Joe Rodon, Eric Dier, Sergio Reguillon – Pierre-Emile Jojbjerg, Harry Winks – Steven Bergwijn, Tanguy Ndombele, Son Heung-Min – Harry Kane. (4-2-3-1)
Liverpool: Alisson – Andy Robertson, Fabinho, Joel Matip, Trent Alexander-Arnold – Georginio Wijnaldum, Thiago Alcantara, Xherdan Shaqiri – Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah. (4-3-3)
Spooky Express Betting Prediction
Two days after his 58th birthday, Jose Mourinho will hope to get the better of Jurgen Klopp – arguably one of his toughest opponents in the business. The Portuguese has never won away against his German counterpart in six attempts in all competitions (2 draws, 4 defeats), with Klopp being the manager he’s faced the most away from home without ever tasting victory.
Spurs have only conceded more Premier League goals against their London rivals Chelsea (102) than they have against the Reds (97) and will be looking to expose Liverpool’s weaknesses in their bid to end their losing streak against Jurgen Klopp’s selection.
Despite his poor league form over the past few weeks, Salah still remains the Premier League top goalscorer (with 13), but Tottenham’s aces Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min are right behind him – with 12 each.
Given their dreadful efficiency and the fact they have won only one of their last seven games in all competitions (1-3-3), it’s hard to imagine that Liverpool are favorites at odds of +120 against a Tottenham side that already showed mentality in other big games and produced some remarkable efforts to beat Manchester United (6-1), Manchester City (2-0), as well as North London rivals Arsenal (2-0) earlier in the season.
Having some old scores to settle, Spurs will hardly have a better opportunity to beat Liverpool and Jose Mourinho is one of the experienced figures who know how to handle the pressure, so we believe that Tottenham have a very good chance to extend Liverpool’s agony.
Spooky Express Free Play: Tottenham Hotspur +205 @ BetOnline for 4/10 Units