Liverpool and Tottenham crossed roads final June, however for the reason that Champions League remaining, the 2 groups have gone their separate methods.
Jurgen Klopp’s European champions are unbeaten within 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 Pink Star Belgrade 5-zero within 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 2 sides has naturally led to loads of comparability, and so with that in thoughts, we assess the 2 possible XIs heading into a large 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 evening has caused defensive safety.
That hasn’t performed out in clear sheets but, however the Brazilian’s means 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 a single-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 purpose 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 constantly unhealthy, 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 staff’s hurtling tempo.
Now a place of energy has turn out to be a weak point. Each Rose and Aurier have been at fault for targets in current fixtures – the previous in opposition to Watford, the latter in opposition to Brighton and Bayern Munich.
They’ve additionally provided nothing going ahead when it comes to vivacity or ingenuity, which is an issue contemplating how essential width from the complete-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 huge with Alexander-Arnold a playmaker from proper-again and Robertson a devilish crosser of the ball from the left.
Spurs may nicely function in the same tact to United with a 3-4-2-1 to suppress the plain menace and push the 2 full-backs as far-off from the byline as potential.
WINNER – Liverpool
Liverpool – Virgil van Dijk, Dejan Lovren
Tottenham – Jan Vertonghen, Davinson Sanchez, Toby Alderweireld
Joel Matip is a giant doubt so Klopp will possible utilise the identical pairing he used in opposition to Genk.
Van Dijk goes must maintain Lovren on a toddlers rein as a result of when he was out of the Dutchman’s eyesight and pulled out to the fitting-wing in opposition to Genk, he defended as if in opposition to one man, when it was truly two and the hosts scored.
That kind of mind-useless error is prevalent in Lovren’s sport and it’s in opposition to Tottenham he endured his nadir for Liverpool. The Croatian was substituted after 30 minutes of the October 2017 contest, brutally uncovered for 2 targets in a 4-1 defeat.
With him within the aspect, the centre-again comparability truly evens up barely.
A again-three containing Vertonghen, Sanchez and Alderweireld – in writing at the least – seems fairly sturdy.
Vertonghen’s lengthy diagonal deliveries out of the again have brought about Liverpool issues previously, whereas Sanchez’s athleticism mixed with Alderweireld, who stays a high quality participant regardless of his ambiguous future doubtlessly 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 possible Klopp will revert to his inventory huge-sport midfield trio of Fabinho, Henderson and Wijnaldum.
Henderson units the usual when it comes to effort whereas additionally shuttling to cowl for Alexander-Arnold when he pushes excessive. Wijnaldum’s press resistance shall be key in opposition to the Spurs press, albeit a fading one, whereas Fabinho is a pivoting wrecking ball.
The presence of the Brazilian is vital right here, he’s the most effective within the Premier League at his place and as Klopp famous, he virtually held the midfield on his personal in opposition to Genk.
On the opposite 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 may be unplayable, however he has additionally negatively impacted video games in opposition to Liverpool, lacking a sitter on this fixture final season and conceding a penalty within the remaining.
WINNER – Liverpool
Liverpool – Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah
Tottenham – Son Heung-min, Harry Kane, Dele Alli
The double-objective shows of Son and Kane in opposition to Pink Star had been the most important plus factors for Pochettino heading to Anfield.
Son was completely irresistible, scattering defenders in regards to 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 staff in current weeks.
There are doubts over Kane as nicely and his means to dominate video games having been buckled by ankle accidents final season.
However he was sensible within 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 finest, 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 kind.
As for Liverpool, Mane is certainly one of 2019’s most in-kind gamers, Firmino is an absolute ghost for defenders and Salah warmed up on his damage return late in opposition to Genk.
Liverpool’s entrance three is the most effective in world soccer they usually’ve contributed to 19 Premier League targets already this time period.
WINNER – Liverpool