It’s an early Christmas present for the Premier League fans as Liverpool vs Tottenham will be a clash between the top two teams of the league. The two sides are level on points and are separated just by goal difference.
Anfield will pay tribute to Liverpool legend Gerard Houllier before the game who passed away on December 14. The Reds along with their 2,000 supporters will make sure they bid adieu to their legend in a proper manner.
The two teams have an absolutely identical record going into the match and have many subplots in the game. League’s best attack goes head-on against the league’s best defence. Both teams will be looking to bounce back after an underwhelming 1-1 draw for both teams away from home. Here’s how both teams are shaping up ahead of this massive clash.
English champions Liverpool have been unlucky when it comes to injuries this season. Even though their squad depth has been tested as much as it could have, Jurgen Klopp would be delighted to see how his younger players have stood up in the absence of major players. Their record at Anfield is unbelievable as they seem invincible at their home ground. They’d look to get back to winning ways after an indifferent performance against Fulham at Craven Cottage in their previous game.
Joel Matip had to be withdrawn from the previous match after suffering a back spasm in the first half. Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Xherdan Shaqiri, Thiago Alcantara, Kostas Tsimikas, James Milner and Diogo Jota are all sidelined for this match after suffering long-term injuries.
Liverpool will have the majority of the ball in this game as Jose Mourinho will look to set his team up compactly and would want to be lethal on counter-attacking opportunities. Klopp was disappointed with the way his team started in the game against Fulham so expect a big performance coming up at home.
Jose Mourinho’s Spurs have been the story of the season so far. Much has been talked about the style of football his team plays and how he is a dinosaur when it comes to attacking football. The ‘Special One’ has finally got his players playing the way he wants and their defensive record in the league shows how they have improved so much this season.
Spurs are unbeaten in the last nine games in the Premier League- their longest run since April 2018. There’s a record Jose would like to turn around in this game as he has never won an away game against Jurgen Klopp’s team, his worst record against any manager in his career.
The way they were able to grind results against the so-called ‘big six’ teams in the Premier League is remarkable. He’ll set his team up in a similar manner and would look to knick a result if possible but at the same time, a draw won’t be the worst result for the Portuguese. Erik Lamela will be the only absentee from the Spurs team for their trip to the Merseyside club.
Liverpool (4-3-3): Alisson (GK); Trent Alexander-Arnold, Nat Phillips, Fabinho, Andrew Robertson; Jordan Henderson (C), Gini Wijnaldum, Curtis Jones; Mohammed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane
Tottenham (4-2-3-1): Hugo Lloris (GK) (C); Serge Aurier, Toby Alderweireld, Eric Dier, Sergio Reguilon; Moussa Sissoko, Pierre Emile Hojbjerg, Son Heung-Min, Tanguy Ndombele, Steven Bergwijn; Harry Kane
WHERE TO WATCH LIVERPOOL vs TOTTENHAM
With the official Premier League broadcast and streaming rights in India being with the Star Sports Network till 2022, select matches will be telecasted live on Star Sports SD and HD TV channels. Online live streaming of the EPL in India for all fixtures can be found on Disney+ Hotstar – Star’s own OTT platform. The match kicks off at 1:30 AM on December 17.
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