Saturday 15th September 2018
By Aiden Graw
The acid test for Liverpool’s title credentials comes at Wembley on Saturday lunchtime as a hurting Tottenham side will be raring to go after a sloppy defeat last time out at Watford cost them their perfect start to the season.
Mauricio Pochettino will be without Hugo Lloris and Dele Alli but is likely to send his team out with a flea in their ear after that Watford defeat, coming on the back of a superb victory at Old Trafford, could be a momentum killer for his squad.
A saturday lunchtime after an international break is never an ideal kick-off time, but there should be two fired-up sides at Wembley as Jurgen Klopp will remember Liverpool’s calamitous 4-1 thrashing at this ground last season and will not want a repeat of that outing.
Liverpool seem a different animal these days though with Virgil van Dijk really shoring up that backline and Alisson, despite his howler at Leicester, looking a far more stable presence in goal, so they should offer more resistance this time around.
Everyone’s well aware that Liverpool have not been at their best yet this season but they’ll need to find something more to get a result from a Spurs side that only lost twice at home in the league last season.
A draw would probably do both sides, but on what we’ve seen so far this term then Liverpool have enough against a weakened Spurs to go and get what could be a real statement victory for their title chances.
Head to Head Statistics
Tottenham have won just one of their last 11 Premier League games against Liverpool (D4 L6), though it was a 4-1 victory in this exact fixture last season.
Liverpool have only failed to score in one of their last 12 Premier League meetings with Spurs – a 0-0 draw in Jurgen Klopp’s first game in charge of the Reds in October 2015.
There have been 149 goals scored in Premier League meetings between Tottenham and Liverpool – Arsenal vs Everton is the only fixture to have seen more in the competition (151).
Tottenham, who lost against Watford on matchday four, haven’t suffered consecutive Premier League losses since the final two games of the 2015-16 season.
Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah scored all three of Liverpool’s goals against Tottenham in the Premier League last season.
Tottenham forward Harry Kane has been directly involved in seven goals in seven Premier League appearances against Liverpool (five goals, two assists), including four in the last two.
Under Jurgen Klopp, Roberto Firmino has had a hand in 60 Premier League goals (37 goals, 23 assists), 15 more than any other Liverpool player.
Aiden Tips Liverpool to win and both teams to score/Over
PREMIER LEAGUE FIXTURES FOR TODAY
Tottenham V Liverpool Time 02:30pm
Bournemouth V Leicester City Time 05:00pm
Huddersfield V Crystal Palace Time 05:00pm
Manchester City V Fulham Time 05:00pm
Newcastle United V Arsenal Time 05:00pm
Chelsea V Cardiff City Time 05:00pm
Watford V Manchester United Time 07:30pm
SUNDAY 16TH SEPTEMBER 2018
Wolves V Burnley Time 03:30pm
Everton V Westham United Time 06:00pm
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