Liverpool and Tottenham crossed roads final June, however because the Champions League closing, the 2 groups have gone their separate methods.
Jurgen Klopp’s European champions are unbeaten in the English prime flight this season and host a Spurs aspect with simply 11 Premier League wins in 2019 from 27 video games.
Spurs had been revived in midweek after swatting apart Purple Star Belgrade 5-0 in the Champions League, though, the Reds loved their very own enhance, following a colorless 1-1 draw with Manchester United, by impressively disposing of Genk 4-1.
The press-intense nature of the 2 sides has naturally led to a lot of comparability, and so with that in thoughts, we assess the 2 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 capacity on the ball is the bottom 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 simple to see why Alisson is taken into account among the many prime tier of goalkeepers.
Gazzaniga however is the understudy to Hugo Lloris and there’s a cause he’s the quantity two none of his traits characterize an improve to the sidelined membership captain.
WINNER – Liverpool
Liverpool – Trent Alexander-Arnold, Andy Robertson
Tottenham – Danny Rose, Serge Aurier
Rose has been persistently unhealthy, Aurier conversely lurches from wrecking ball to reckless.
Spurs was hallmarked by their power at full-again with Kyle Walker and a youthful Rose offering piercing tempo in each instructions, teasing crosses and an embrace of the workforce’s hurtling tempo.
Now a place of power has turn into a weak point. Each Rose and Aurier have been at fault for objectives in current fixtures – the previous towards Watford, the latter towards Brighton and Bayern Munich.
They’ve additionally supplied nothing going ahead in phrases of vivacity or ingenuity, which is an issue contemplating how essential width from the total-backs is to Spurs’ slender hall in every single place else.
Liverpool’s Plan A of assault is tied to their full-backs. They push excessive and extensive with Alexander-Arnold a playmaker from proper-again and Robertson a devilish crosser of the ball from the left.
Spurs may effectively function in the same tact to United with a 3-4-2-1 to suppress the apparent menace and push the 2 full-backs as distant from the byline as attainable.
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 should 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-useless error is prevalent in Lovren’s recreation 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 2 objectives 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 no less than – seems to be fairly sturdy.
Vertonghen’s lengthy diagonal deliveries out of the again have triggered Liverpool issues in the previous, whereas Sanchez’s athleticism mixed with Alderweireld, who stays a high quality participant regardless of his ambiguous future probably clouding his judgement this season, makes for a powerful 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-recreation midfield trio of Fabinho, Henderson and Wijnaldum.
Henderson units the usual in phrases of effort whereas additionally shuttling to cowl for Alexander-Arnold when he pushes excessive. Wijnaldum’s press resistance will likely 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 very best in the Premier League at his place and as Klopp famous, he virtually held the midfield on his personal towards Genk.
On the opposite aspect is one of English soccer’s most interesting midfield skills in Winks.
The 23-year-previous is the tempo-setter as his composed persona and passing between the traces knits defence to assault.
Moussa Sissoko may be unplayable, however he has additionally negatively impacted video games towards Liverpool, lacking a sitter in this fixture final season and conceding a penalty in the ultimate.
WINNER – Liverpool
Liverpool – Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah
Tottenham – Son Heung-min, Harry Kane, Dele Alli
The double-aim shows of Son and Kane towards Purple Star had been the largest plus factors for Pochettino heading to Anfield.
Son was completely irresistible, scattering defenders concerning 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 remaining of the workforce in current weeks.
There are doubts over Kane as effectively and his capacity to dominate video games having been buckled by ankle accidents final season.
However he was sensible in the Champions League pointing to a possible reset.
Reminiscent of that 2017 win over Liverpool brings again a reminder of what Alli can produce at his finest, too. He was all-motion that day, scoring and throttling the Reds’ midfield. Maybe re-watching movie from that day might help him rediscover his type.
As for Liverpool, Mane is one of 2019’s most in-form 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 very best in world soccer they usually’ve contributed to 19 Premier League objectives already this time period.
WINNER – Liverpool