Liverpool and Tottenham crossed roads final June, however since the Champions League closing, the two teams have gone their separate methods.
Jurgen Klopp’s European champions are unbeaten in the English high flight this season and host a Spurs aspect with simply 11 Premier League wins in 2019 from 27 video games.
Spurs have been revived in midweek after swatting apart Purple Star Belgrade 5-zero in the Champions League, though, the Reds loved their very own increase, following a colorless 1-1 draw with Manchester United, by impressively disposing of Genk 4-1.
The press-intense nature of the two sides has naturally led to loads of comparability, and so with that in thoughts, we assess the two doubtless XIs heading into an enormous conflict at Anfield on Sunday.
Liverpool – Alisson
Tottenham – Paulo Gazzaniga
Apparent benefit to Liverpool right here as Alisson’s return final weekend from a calf damage suffered on the opening night time has caused defensive safety.
That hasn’t performed out in clear sheets but, however the Brazilian’s skill on the ball is the base of Liverpool’s assaults and acts as a launch valve for the defenders.
Add to that his composure in one-v-one conditions, plus his shot-stopping athleticism, and it’s straightforward to see why Alisson is taken into account amongst the high tier of goalkeepers.
Gazzaniga on the different hand is the understudy to Hugo Lloris and there’s a purpose he’s the quantity two none of his traits symbolize an improve to the sidelined membership captain.
WINNER – Liverpool
Liverpool – Trent Alexander-Arnold, Andy Robertson
Tottenham – Danny Rose, Serge Aurier
Rose has been persistently dangerous, Aurier conversely lurches from wrecking ball to reckless.
Spurs was once hallmarked by their energy at full-again with Kyle Walker and a youthful Rose offering piercing tempo in each instructions, teasing crosses and an embrace of the group’s hurtling tempo.
Now a position of energy has turn into a weak spot. Each Rose and Aurier have been at fault for targets in current fixtures – the former towards Watford, the latter towards Brighton and Bayern Munich.
They’ve additionally supplied nothing going ahead by way of vivacity or ingenuity, which is an issue contemplating how essential width from the full-backs is to Spurs’ slender hall in all places else.
Liverpool’s Plan A of assault is tied to their full-backs. They push excessive and broad with Alexander-Arnold a playmaker from proper-again and Robertson a devilish crosser of the ball from the left.
Spurs may effectively function in an identical tact to United with a 3-4-2-1 to suppress the apparent risk and push the two full-backs as distant from the byline as doable.
WINNER – Liverpool
Liverpool – Virgil van Dijk, Dejan Lovren
Tottenham – Jan Vertonghen, Davinson Sanchez, Toby Alderweireld
Joel Matip is an enormous doubt so Klopp will doubtless utilise the identical pairing he used towards Genk.
Van Dijk goes must hold Lovren on a toddlers rein as a result of when he was out of the Dutchman’s eyesight and pulled out to the proper-wing towards Genk, he defended as if towards one man, when it was truly two and the hosts scored.
That sort of mind-lifeless error is prevalent in Lovren’s sport and it’s towards Tottenham he endured his nadir for Liverpool. The Croatian was substituted after 30 minutes of the October 2017 contest, brutally uncovered for two targets in a 4-1 defeat.
With him in the aspect, the centre-again comparability truly evens up barely.
A again-three containing Vertonghen, Sanchez and Alderweireld – in writing a minimum of – appears to be like fairly robust.
Vertonghen’s lengthy diagonal deliveries out of the again have precipitated Liverpool issues in the previous, whereas Sanchez’s athleticism mixed with Alderweireld, who stays a top quality participant regardless of his ambiguous future probably clouding his judgement this season, makes for a robust three.
WINNER – Tie
Liverpool – Fabinho, Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum
Tottenham – Harry Winks, Moussa Sissoko
There’ll be some debate over the make-up of each midfields, primarily in personnel for Liverpool and a form-dependent Spurs.
Regardless of the spectacular shows of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita in midweek, it’s doubtless Klopp will revert to his inventory huge-sport midfield trio of Fabinho, Henderson and Wijnaldum.
Henderson units the commonplace by way of effort whereas additionally shuttling to cowl for Alexander-Arnold when he pushes excessive. Wijnaldum’s press resistance will probably be key towards the Spurs press, albeit a fading one, whereas Fabinho is a pivoting wrecking ball.
The presence of the Brazilian is essential right here, he’s the greatest in the Premier League at his position and as Klopp famous, he virtually held the midfield on his personal towards Genk.
On the different aspect is certainly one of English soccer’s best midfield skills in Winks.
The 23-year-outdated is the tempo-setter as his composed persona and passing between the traces knits defence to assault.
Moussa Sissoko will be unplayable, however he has additionally negatively impacted video games towards Liverpool, lacking a sitter on this fixture final season and conceding a penalty in the closing.
WINNER – Liverpool
Liverpool – Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah
Tottenham – Son Heung-min, Harry Kane, Dele Alli
The double-purpose shows of Son and Kane towards Purple Star have been the largest plus factors for Pochettino heading to Anfield.
Son was completely irresistible, scattering defenders about the pitch as if tripwire was hooked up to his ft.
There was a swagger to the South Korean and a pleasure which has been siphoned from him and the remainder of the group in current weeks.
There are doubts over Kane as effectively and his skill to dominate video games having been buckled by ankle accidents final season.
However he was good in the Champions League pointing to a possible reset.
Paying homage to that 2017 win over Liverpool brings again a reminder of what Alli can produce at his greatest, too. He was all-motion that day, scoring and throttling the Reds’ midfield. Maybe re-watching movie from that day may help him rediscover his type.
As for Liverpool, Mane is certainly one of 2019’s most in-type gamers, Firmino is an absolute ghost for defenders and Salah warmed up on his damage return late towards Genk.
Liverpool’s entrance three is the greatest in world soccer and so they’ve contributed to 19 Premier League targets already this time period.
WINNER – Liverpool