Liverpool’s battle for a top 4 spot passes through White Hart Lane

Last updated: October 13, 2015 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Saturday, 12:45pm
Venue: White Hart Lane
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: DDWLW
Away form: DDWWD
Last season: 0-3
Competition: The Premier League

Liverpool’s ambitions are clear – their final position to be in the top 4. To realise this ambition The Reds have to start winning games. Their next match is against, in-form, Tottenham at White Hart Lane. Spurs haven’t recorded a single defeat at home all season; so this won’t be an easy task for Liverpool, especially when they have a new head coach (Klopp).

Despite Benteke’s absence, the fans will be delighted with Danny Ings’ recent form; he scored 3 goals in the team’s last 5 competitive games. Lallana has recently recovered from his injury and he can be included in the squad.

Tottenham are unbeaten in 7 consecutive Premier League games. The only defeat for Spurs so far was on the opening day against Manchester United. Several Tottenham players have been called up for international duty: Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Kyle Walker were included in England’s squad. Which goes to prove the class of the team. In addition, Danny Rose is in brilliant form; the left back became the “Man of the match” against Monaco in The Europa League; helping the team to gain a point.

Team News

Heung-Min Son who has recently sustained an ankle injury is still not recovered and can’t take part in the upcoming match.

Another two players who are in Tottenham’s infirmary are Ryan Mason (knee injury) and Alex Pritchard (ankle injury).

Liverpool have more problems with injured players than their opponents. New signings Benteke and Roberto Firmino can’t be included in the starting eleven.

Dejan Lovren (ankle injury), Jon Flanagan (knee injury) and Jordan Henderson (metatarsal fracture) are also sidelined.

Quotes of the week

Mauricio Pochettino coach Mauricio Pochettino (Tottenham) : “We are disappointed with the result from our last game but not the performance or effort.”

klopp Klopp (Liverpool) : “I am very excited by the challenge we face and eager to start the job and begin implementing our ideas and ways of working with this team.”

Expected line-ups:

Tottenham (4-2-3-1): Lloris, Vertonghen, Rose, Alderweireld, Walker, Dier, Dembele, Alli, Eriksen, Lamela, Kane
Subs Chadli, Carroll, Davies, Vorm, Bentaleb, Townsend, Trippier.
Injured: Son, Pritchard, Mason
Not available:
Liverpool (4-5-1): Mignolet, Clyne, Toure, Skrtel, Gomez, Milner, Leiva, Can, Coutinho, Sturridge, Ings.
Subs Bogdan, Rossiter, Adam Lallana, Allen, Moreno, Origi, Enrique.
Injured: Flanagan, Benteke, Henderson, Firmino, Lovren
Not available:

Key Battle

dele-alli Alli this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
4 (3) 412 1 1,1 0 0 3 0
ings Ings this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
3 (2) 314 2 2 0 0 1 0

So far this season

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Tottenham this season Liverpool this season
8 League Position 10
2 (1) (at home) Wins (away) 2 (1)
4-1 vs. Manchester City Biggest win 3-2 vs. Aston Villa
2 (2) (at home) Draws (away) 1 (2)
0 (1) (at home) Losses (away) 1 (1)
0-1 to Manchester United Biggest Defeat 0-3 to West Ham
Eriksen, Dier (2) Top scorer Ings, Benteke, Sturridge (2)
Eriksen, Lamela (2) Assist Leader Milner, Coutinho (2)
Y24, R0 Discipline Y18, R1
2 Failures to score 2
3 Clean Sheets 3
4 Both Teams to Score Games 4
3 Over 2.5 Games 3
5 Under 2.5 Games 5
  • The last five games between these two teams inevitably ended with Liverpool victories. The last time Tottenham won was three years ago, when Spurs won 2-1.
  • Liverpool has won 69 times from 149 games. Tottenham’s victories number 42; the number of draws are 36; there hasn’t been a draw since 28th July 2012.
  • The Reds haven’t won an away match since the opening day when they won 1-0 against Stoke City at The Britannia Stadium.
  • Tottenham has recorded two consecutive Premiership home victories (1-0 vs. Crystal Palace and 4-1 vs. Manchester City).

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goalscorer
10/02/15 The Premier League Liverpool 3-2 Tottenham Markovic 15′
31/08/14 The Premier League Tottenham 0-3 Liverpool Sterling 8′
30/03/14 The Premier League Liverpool 4-0 Tottenham Kaboul (OG) 2′
15/12/13 The Premier League Tottenham 0-5 Liverpool Suarez 18′
10/03/13 The Premier League Liverpool 3-2 Tottenham Suarez 21′