Premier League Preview: Liverpool vs. Tottenham Hotspur

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  • Reds have won 5 of last 6 vs. Spurs
  • Firmino doubtful, Benteke out for LFC
  • Spurs enter weekend 5 points off PL lead

Tottenham will look to end a poor run of form against Liverpool and keep pace towards the top of the table when they travel north for a huge clash at Anfield this Saturday (Watch live, 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC and online via Live Extra).

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While Tottenham have enjoyed a better season than Liverpool, the Reds have owned this matchup over the past years. Liverpool are unbeaten in their last six matches against Spurs (W5, D1), losing just once at Anfield in the teams’ last 21 league meetings. Jurgen Klopp‘s first match in charge at Liverpool was a 0-0 draw with Spurs in October, but this time around he looks set to be without Christian Benteke and Roberto Firmino, who are both battling injuries. Currently ninth on the table, points are at a premium if the Reds want to play in Europe next season.

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Spurs enter the weekend second on the table and five points behind Leicester, as Mauricio Pochettino‘s men must continue to get results and keep the pressure on the leaders. Tottenham had a long list of players active over the break with their national teams, but Pochettino prides his side on fitness and will expect a complete effort from his men. Despite Spurs’ poor record at Anfield, they have been dominant on the road this campaign, with their only away loss of the year coming in the first match of the season at Manchester United.

What they’re saying

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp: “When Tottenham play against Liverpool it is usually not a birthday party. It is a hard fight. It is unbelievable how strong they [Spurs] are – everyone could see it in the [England] national team. That is good for Tottenham but not for us unfortunately.”

Spurs’ boss Mauricio Pochettino: “When you play, play and play three games every week it’s difficult to then stop, but it’s been good to have an international break to recharge the batteries. It’s difficult for us because nearly all our players are involved in national squads but now it’s the last seven games, we need to be fresh and to try to compete in every game.”

Prediction

With Leicester not playing until Sunday, a win for Tottenham would move the club two points off the league lead and put all the pressure on Claudio Ranieri‘s side. Spurs have been great away from White Hart Lane all season, and I think they keep on with a tight win on Saturday. Liverpool 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur.