Tuesday 10th February – 20:00 – Anfield
Both fresh from local derbies, Liverpool and Tottenham face off at Anfield tonight in midweek Premier League football. The two teams are both fighting for a place in the top four, with Mauricio Pochettino’s side now fifth after coming from behind to beat Arsenal 2-1 on Saturday. It was their fourth win in five games that has seen a Champions League push really take shape. Liverpool had to settle for a 0-0 draw at Goodison Park later on in the day, and are now four points behind Spurs in seventh. Despite this, the Reds have beaten Tottenham 12-0 over the last three games between the the sides, so Brendan Rodgers may be in a confident mood. The North London outfit have the upcoming weekend off because they are out of the FA Cup, so should really go for this, whilst Liverpool will play a third game in a week when they visit Crystal Palace in the famous competition on Saturday.
The Key Battle: Emre Can vs Harry Kane
Tonight we will see two of the finest young players in the Premier League go head to head.
21 year old Emre Can was signed by Liverpool as a midfielder from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer, but has been extremely impressive during his stint as a centre back in The Reds’ defence.
Can is strong and does have a composure while playing in defence. and can play a ball to the forward line while. Even with Lucas’ injury, Brendan Rodgers insists the young German will remain at the back.
It is probably because Liverpool have Harry Kane to deal with, who scored his 11th and 12th goals of the Premier League this season as he helped Tottenham defeat arch rivals Arsenal 2-1 on Saturday.
It appears that no-one can stop the 21 year old striker on this kind of form, and with England friendlies next month, Kane will want to keep scoring in order to secure his place in Roy Hodgson’s squad.
But Kane’s task will not be easy when he comes up against a Liverpool defence boasting four consecutive Premier League clean sheets, and a team desperate not to lose any more ground in the hunt for fourth place.
- In form Raheem Sterling will miss the game with the foot injury which forced him off against Everton.
- Philippe Coutinho should be fit after also being forced off at Goodison Park, but Lucas is ruled out after injuring his thigh.
- Adam Lallana has also returned to the squad after missing Saturday’s Merseyside derby while striker Daniel Sturridge is edging closer to his first start after two substitute appearances since returning from a long lay-off.
- Mauricio Pochettino may name an unchanged side after reporting no new injuries following their win in the North London derby.
- Alternatively, Nacer Chadli could be recalled after coming on as a substitute in the last two games.
- He could replace Mousa Dembele in the starting line-up, whilst at the back, Federico Fazio will have been proving his worth in training after he was replaced by Eric Dier for the North London derby.
Liverpool wins = 67 / Tottenham wins = 44 / Draws = 36
Last Meeting: Tottenham 0-3 Liverpool (31st August 2014)
Brendan Rodgers celebrated his 100th match as Liverpool manager with another comfortable win against previously unbeaten Tottenham at White Hart Lane. Mario Balotelli wasted several chances on his Reds debut but it mattered little as Spurs lost for the first time under new boss Mauricio Pochettino. The visitors led in the eighth minute when Raheem Sterling converted at the far post, whilst Steven Gerrard’s penalty and Alberto Moreno’s precise finish sealed the win.
Stat of the Match
Matches between Liverpool and Tottenham have produced nine own goals, the most in Premier League history, with three of them being scored by Jamie Carragher.
Where can I watch it?
The game is being shown live on BT Sport 1 from 7:15pm, with kick-off 45 minutes later. You’ll have to wait until Wednesday night to see the highlights though, and they’re on BBC One’s Match of the Day at 10:45pm.
My Prediction: Liverpool 2-2 Tottenham
Both teams’ attacks are in good form lately, with Liverpool’s boosted by the possible return of Daniel Sturridge to the starting line-up. For this reason, I expect lots of goals, with the unstoppable Kane to score twice again for Tottenham. For Liverpool, goals could come from any number of places, but I expect Philippe Coutinho and Sturridge to get on the scoresheet at Anfield.