Premier League

Match Preview: Tottenham Hotspur vs Liverpool

Tottenham Hotspur welcome Liverpool to White Hart Lane on Saturday and the match has been an eagerly anticipated one for the Reds, due to the appointment of Jurgen Klopp as the new manager of the club.

Venue: White Hart Lane

Date: 17/10/2015

Kick-off: 12:45 (BST)

Match

Tottenham Hotspur welcome Liverpool to White Hart Lane on Saturday and the match has been an eagerly anticipated one for the Reds, due to the appointment of Jurgen Klopp as the new manager of the club.

Tottenham continued their good start to the season by claiming a hard earned 2-2 draw against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium a fortnight ago and things seem to be slowly falling into place for Spurs.

Given their fine run in recent times, Spurs have moved into touching distance of top four and manager Mauricio Pochettino will be hopeful that his side can now continue their great form when Liverpool pay a visit to White Hart Lane on Saturday.

As for Liverpool, their campaign has got off to a poor start and following the 1-1 draw against Everton in the Merseyside derby recently, the club hierarchy decided to get rid of the services of manager Brendan Rodgers.

Wasting no time whatsoever, Liverpool went on to appoint Jurgen Klopp as the replacement for Rodgers and the charismatic German has already won over the hearts of the Reds’ faithful with his first press conference as manager of the Reds.

While the feel good factor at Liverpool has certainly returned following the arrival of Klopp, there is no getting away from the fact that the 48-year old has a tough job on his hands in order to turn the Reds’ fortunes around and his Premier League debut on Saturday will be a very tricky clash away from home against Tottenham.

Team News

Tottenham Hotspur

Pochettino

Tottenham will be without Heung-Min Son and Alex Pritchard for the clash with injuries while Eric Dier will be unavailable due to suspension. The trio of Nabil Bentaleb, Danny Rose and Ryan Mason are rated as doubts as well.

Pochettino will be delighted with the fact that most of his players out on international duty returned unscathed and the Argentine manager should be able to put out a strong team during the clash.

Hugo Lloris will be starting in goal for Spurs while the backline should consist of Ben Davies, Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld and Kyle Walker.

In midfield, young Dele Alli should retain his place from the start and with Dier and Bentelab both likely to be unavailable, Moussa Dembele could be handed a berth in the lineup.

In the attacking wide positions, Nacer Chadli and Erik Lamela should continue while two goal hero Christian Eriksen will be hopeful of continuing his good run of form against Liverpool.

Harry Kane has looked off color so far this season but Pochettino will keep faith in his striker and the Englishman will surely be looking to find the back of the net this weekend.

Liverpool

Klopp3

Many are eagerly anticipating what sort of lineup Jurgen Klopp will go with but the German manager will be without a host of his key players for the clash.

The likes of Christian Benteke, Jon Flanagan, Joe Gomez and Jordan Henderson have all been ruled out due to injuries while the likes of Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Dejan Lovren have been rated as doubts ahead of the clash.

Simon Mignolet is the likely choice between the sticks for Liverpool and the backline should consist of Alberto Moreno, Martin Skrtel, Mamadou Sakho and Nathaniel Clyne.

In the absence of Henderson, Lucas is likely to continue in the starting lineup alongside James Milner. The wings look set to be occupied by Danny Ings and Adam Lallana and if Coutinho is not fit in time to feature during the clash, Emre Can should come in at the middle of the park.

Daniel Sturridge seems to have returned back to full fitness and the striker will be hopeful of getting amongst the goals once again after a quiet afternoon against Everton last time out.

Probable Lineups

Tottenham Hotspur (Probable XI): Lloris; Davies, Vertonghen, Alderweireld, Walker; Alli, Dembele, Chadli, Eriksen, Lamela; Kane

Liverpool (Probable XI): Mignolet; Moreno, Sakho, Skrtel, Clyne; Milner, Lucas, Ings, Coutinho, Lallana; Sturridge

Last Meeting

10/02/2015         Liverpool 3 – 2 Tottenham Hotspur

31/08/2014         Tottenham Hotspur 0 – 3 Liverpool

Prediction

Despite Liverpool’s struggles over the years, they have enjoyed a wonderful record over Tottenham Hotspur in recent times after claiming five consecutive victories in the Premier League.

Liverpool have claimed a host of emphatic victories along the way and given the Reds’ fine record over Tottenham, they should head into the clash as favourites.

That being said, circumstances are a lot different now due to the arrival of Mauricio Pochettino as well as Jurgen Klopp and it would be fair to state that the two sides will be heading into Saturday’s clash on a clean slate.

It is very difficult to pick out a clear winner ahead of the game but one thing is for sure, the match will be an entertaining encounter. As the two sides are so closely matched, a score draw looks like a real possibility.

Tottenham Hotspur 1 – 1 Liverpool

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