Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur – Match Preview
Posted by Craig Muncey | Published on April 1, 2016
Saturday evening Liverpool face a serious challenge with visitors Tottenham Hotspur coming to Anfield. Tottenham are hot on the heels of leaders Leicester City, and if they secure an away win on Saturday they are only two points behind Leicester, which would put pressure on Leicester who play on Sunday home to Southampton.
Jurgen Klopp has acknowledged how well Tottenham has played this season and is under no illusions of the test his side has on Saturday. He has labelled the game as a cup final for the opposition, which the media have jumped all over. It is an important match for the North London club, and with 8 league matches left, if they are to win the title, they can ill afford to drop points on Saturday.
Liverpool will be without Christian Benteke through injury and looks to be a serious doubt over Roberto Firmino and Lucas Leiva again through injuries. Firmino in particular is a big loss to the club with his goals and creativity over last few months, he has linked up well with Coutinho and Lallana very well in particular. Lucas also could well have played a part in the match, with his defensive capabilities and his calming influence. Liverpool have James Milner available to them after serving his suspension.
Tottenham Hotspur do not have Jan Vertonghen available due to injury or Clinton Njie, but all others who have got the club into the position are available. The North London side are very strong defensively, where Toby Alderweireld has starred, they have a very good goalkeeper in Hugo Lloris as well. In midfield Dele Alli has starred as has Eric Dier and a striker who is right in form in Harry Kane. However, the club have an awful record at Anfield though, only winning 7 times in last 69 league matches.
Liverpool will have to be at their best Saturday to get a result, they do have the players capable of getting the win, but they will have to be resilient and switched on defensively, which is a concern as more often than not in matches there are lapses. Tottenham will create chances and are more than capable of getting on the score sheet.
My Liverpool Line Up
Ward, Moreno, Toure, Caulker, Allen, Origi, Ibe
Liverpool 2 Tottenham Hotspur 1