Liverpool vs. Spurs
| Sunday, February 4th |
Premier League | Anfield
4.30PM GMT/11.30AM EST
Liverpool’s painful meltdown at Wembley was inarguably the lowest point in their season. Unlike when they lost heavily to Manchester City, they didn’t have an unfortunate red card to blame their misfortunes on. It was all down to some very uninspired performances up front and an absolute shambles at the back that resulted in Klopp removing Dejan Lovren from the game before halftime.
That was back in October and served a real kick up the backside to a Liverpool team that had been flagging. That loss was the last one Reds’ fans would have to endure until the end of January. Credit where it’s due, Klopp and the players rallied themselves and pulled their season back on track.
Now they sit in third place with two points between them and the Spurs. Win on Sunday and begin to solidify their place in the top four, or lose and slide down to fifth. It’s a big game this late in the season with a lot riding on it. Klopp has called it a six-pointer, and he’s not wrong. Spurs will come to Anfield still on a high after embarrassing Manchester United midweek.
Hopefully Virgil van Dijk will have more luck containing the likes of Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son than Lovren did at Wembley in the fall. On the flip side, our usually potent attack was nowhere to be found the last time we played them, with only Mo Salah finding the back of the net. Let’s hope they can do better with Anfield at their backs.
Projected Liverpool Lineup (4-3-3)
Karius; Gomez, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Henderson, Can; Salah, Firmino, Mané
Surprisingly, it’s the first week of February but team fitness isn’t much of an issue for either squad going into this game. Only Nathaniel Clyne is definitely out for Liverpool. Adam Lallana is probably not yet match fit after missing the last two games. Otherwise, Klopp has a full house to choose from.
It’s possible we see Alberto Moreno at left-back, as well as either Gini Wijnaldum or James Milner starting in the midfield.
For Spurs, it’s probably still too early to expect new signing Lucas Moura to make his debut after signing on deadline day from PSG. Serge Aurier will return to the side in defense, while only Toby Alderweireld and Danny Rose are doubts for Pochettino.
What the Managers Had to Say
Jurgen Klopp: “Spurs are in a good moment, but our moment is not too bad as well. It’ll be interesting.”
Mauricio Pochettino: “We have different players, with different características. Liverpool play and keep their shape - 1-4-3-3 always - and both teams are so exciting to see. But in a different way.”
Referee: Jonathan Moss Assistants: Eddie Smart, Andy Halliday Fourth official: Martin Atkinson
Kickoff is set for 4.30PM GMT/11.30AM EST tomorrow, and television listings for the match can be found on LiveSoccerTV. In the meantime, we’ll be keeping you updated with all the buildup to the game, including team news as it’s released, our live matchday thread, and post-match recaps from The Liverpool Offside staff. If you want to join the discussion, sign up for an SB Nation account to have your say on the action as it happens.