The dark horses in the title race will face a wall of red this weekend as Pochettino’s men travel to Anfield in a replay of Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp’s first game in-charge of the club. That game at the White Hart Lane ended in a 0-0 draw as both teams cancelled each other out but this time around the Spurs, who are 5 points away from Leicester City at the top of the table need all three points to keep up with Ranieri’s men who play a day later.
Liverpool, on the other hand, lost a great chance at St Marys and are now far away from a top-4 finish. The manager pipped this tie as a final for the visitors and insisted that his team will make it as hard as possible for the Spurs to take anything from this game.
Here is the preview of this game along with the team news, predictions, expected line-ups and betting odds.
The Liverpool vs Tottenham Hotspur game will be played on Saturday the 2nd of April at Anfield in Liverpool. The kick-off is scheduled at 5:30 pm BST (10 pm IST).
The Liverpool manager revealed in his pre-match press conference that Coutinho, Origi, and Alberto Moreno are all fit for this game against the Spurs. Belgium striker Christian Benteke who withdrew from the national squad is still out injured indefinitely. Inform Brazilian attacker Roberto Firmino is close to fitness and may not feature in this game keeping in mind the Europe league tie against Dortmund looming in the mid-week.
Pochettino had some good news about players coming back from national duty. Defender Toby Alder Alderweireld has recovered from a stomach bug and is expected to be passed fit to face Liverpool at Anfield. Jan Vertonghen and Clinton Njie are still out through different injuries and will not make the trip to Liverpool. Erik Lamela will go through a late fitness test while striker Harry Kane was cleared to play without a face mask that he sported on national duty with England.
Mignolet; Flanagan, Lovren, Sakho, Moreno; Milner, Henderson, Can; Lallana, Coutinho, Sturridge
Lloris; Walker, Alderweireld, Wimmer, Rose; Dembele, Dier, Lamela, Eriksen, Alli; Kane
Harry Kane vs Dejan Lovren:
Kane has been in sensational form for club and country since the turn of the year and will be the danger man for Liverpool on the night. His movement and eye for goal should be matched by Lovren who will have a tough night protecting Mignolet behind him. This will be an interesting battle that can have an impact on the result of the game.
Dele Alli vs Emre Can:
Two midfielders who are in prime form will face each other at Anfield this weekend. Alli has been a stand-out player for Spurs this season and has the ability to turn defense into attack in the blink of an eye. German national Emre Can will have to stay close to him and afford no space and time on the ball else the English midfielder can hurt the home team on the night.
Liverpool have won five and lost none of their last six Premier League meetings with Tottenham Hotspur.
Spurs have failed to score in four of the last five Premier League meetings with the Reds
Liverpool have scored 18 goals in their last six Premier League games against Spurs though failed to net last time out at White Hart Lane.
Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur has seen more own goals than any other fixture in Premier League history (nine).
Liverpool haven’t won back to back Premier League home games since May 2015
Liverpool have dropped the most points from winning positions in the Premier League this season (15).
Tottenham have recovered the most points from losing positions in the top flight in 2015-16 (18).
Spurs have lost 199 away games in Premier League history
Tottenham Hotspur: 15/8
The Spurs have been in the sublime form off late blowing away top opponents with ease. However, their weaknesses were exposed in the loss to West Ham recently and Liverpool will not be an easy nut to crack. Both teams play a high-intensity game and the result might come down to who lasts the longest over the course of the 90 minutes.
Our Prediction: Liverpool 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur