Liverpool will be hosting Tottenham this Sunday, setting the stage for Super Sunday. After all, it is the third-placed team versus the fifth placed team.
This match is bound to have major ramifications in the quest for a Champions League place for both sides. Only two points separate the two in the table, with visiting Spurs (at 48 points) playing the catch up game.
The last time the sides met in the league this year, Spurs ran ragged over Jurgen Klopp’s side. The match at Wembley was completely one-sided, with the Lilywhites scoring a 4-1 win over the Reds.
Mauricio Pochettino, however, will be wary that this is not the same Liverpool side his Spurs disposed off easily in October. The Reds have improved as the season has gone on, with an increasingly compact midfield that allows the deadly winger duo of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane to play freely up front.
The Argentine manager will have an even bigger concern for this fixture; Tottenham’s un-enviable record at Anfield.
Spurs have only won twice at Anfield in 25 attempts, with the home side winning 16 times. Seven games ended in a draw. An even more damning stat for Spurs; they have won only once in the last 23 games at Anfield (W1, D5, L17).
Spurs’ poor record at Anfield is further compounded by their fairly ordinary away record this season.
Pochettino’s men have only been able to take 20 points out of a possible 36, while visiting other teams. Even worse though, they have only been able to collect a single point away from home, in the last five games. In pure numbers, they won only one point from a possible 15 (W0, D1, L4).
Still, Spurs will be buoyant after their midweek win over Manchester United. The Lilywhites looked efficient and compact in the 2-0 win over Jose Mourinho’s side. Christian Eriksen scored only 11 seconds into the game, followed by a Phil Jones own goal. Spurs spoiled the party for the newly acquired Alexis Sanchez with the solid win.
While historically, Liverpool have the record in their favour, they still cannot take a team like Spurs lightly. The visitors will be looking for chinks in a relatively weak Liverpool defence, so the home side cannot afford any mistakes.
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