3 expected changes – Liverpool’s likely lineup vs. Tottenham

 21 October 2017

Jurgen Klopp has hinted Jordan Henderson will return for Liverpool away to Tottenham, but should the captain really start and who would make way?

The Reds attempt to translate the goalscoring and winning touch rediscovered in a record-breaking European night to the Premier League stage on Sunday.

An initially daunting clash with in-form Spurs now offers a big opportunity to use confidence gained from the historic win, to really spark the season to life by kick-starting a stuttering league campaign.

Despite watching his slightly rotated side produce their best performance this season in Slovenia, Klopp has suggested those who made way will be recalled at Wembley.

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Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool – Key Battles

Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool - Key Battles

The last international break brought with it doom and gloom for a month. The one that has just passed has so far brought two decent performances, a poor result and a massive result. You might say “It’s only Maribor”, but putting seven past any team is bound to fill the players with confidence.

The Maribor result was bound to happen at some time. We couldn’t keep creating the number of chances that we were, and not absolute smash some team along the way. The momentum from that result will be much-needed heading to Wembley Stadium to take on Tottenham Hotspur. Spurs registered their first Premier League win at the national stadium last weekend against Bournemouth so that hoodoo is over and done with. But that result and performance was insignificant compared to what they did at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday.

With a little bit more luck, Spurs could easily have turned over the two-time defending European champions.

So, there can be no illusions about the magnitude of the task awaiting Liverpool on Sunday.

Here are the key individual battles that could decide the Reds’ fate:

THE SPURS RIGHT-BACK v PHILIPPE COUTINHO

I say the Spurs right-back and not a particular name because both Kieran Trippier and Serge Aurier have enough merit in their respective arguments to start on Sunday.

Whoever starts, the challenge does not get too much easier from Tuesday night. From dealing with Cristiano Ronaldo, they now move to dealing with Coutinho, who over the last five games has proven that the entire Barcelona saga is a thing of the past. Everything about Coutinho’s game now seems to be a notch above where it has ever been.

There is an argument that Coutinho could start in midfield, making way for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s first league start of the season, but I think Jurgen Klopp will stick with the same front three that put the Slovenian champions to the sword.

The close control is mesmerising, the passing is incisive and the shooting is lethal. So the message to Spurs is clear, don’t give him space. Actually, don’t give him the opportunity to make space for himself. If you give him an inch, he will drive a truck through it.

Both Aurier and Trippier are attacking full-backs, so they might have to shelve the first instinct when they come up against that little Brazilian. But there is also an argument that attack is the best form of defence. So, if the Spurs right-back decides to maraud up the field, pin Coutinho back and test Alberto Moreno, it will be interesting to see how Coutinho responds.

CHRISTIAN ERIKSEN v JORDAN HENDERSON

In my book, Eriksen is probably the most under-rated player in the Premier League. Most things he does are not flashy, but they are neat, technically correct and mightly effective. The level Eriksen is at is probably only bettered in the Premier League by the brilliant Kevin de Bruyne.

So, when the Liverpool captain takes his spot and the armband back on Sunday, there is no easy way back for him. Dealing with Eriksen’s strength is what is among Henderson’s biggest weaknesses. He tends to not follow runners and read the game too well, often relying on his ability to cover ground to camouflage that deficiency.

But that might not be easy to do against Eriksen. The Dane will occupy the space between the lines, and if he isn’t tracked, he is more than good enough to ensure that Henderson’s legs won’t be enough to catch up with him.

There has been and will continue to be enough said about Jose Mourinho’s approach at Anfield last weekend, but the truth remains that Henderson bossed that game. He didn’t allow Nemanja Matic and Ander Herrera any freedom on the ball, which the United midfielders would have used to slow the game down to the tempo they wanted it to be played at.

Questions persist about the skipper’s passing and the bravery (lack of) in the choices made. But on Sunday, if he keeps the defensive side of his bargain, Liverpool will take that, allowing Coutinho and others further forward to be more adventurous on the ball.

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Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool Preview: Team News, Stats & Key Men

Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool Preview: Team News, Stats & Key Men

Tottenham Hotspur will take on Liverpool this weekend at the National Stadium – The Wembley, in what promises to be an exciting football game as one could imagine – between two sides managed by Mauricio Pochettino and Jurgen Klopp.

Spurs, in recent years, have developed a knack of winning games of football – ever so quietly and their presence in the top four; top three in fact, is now almost taken for granted. Tottenham Hotspur have once again managed to accumulate the most points in the calendar year without never really getting a taste of what it means to be leading the pack, at the top of the Premier League pile.

With 5 wins and 2 draws in the opening 8 games and an impressive performance against the European Champions, the North London outfit have made a solid start to their campaign and are placed third in the league with only 3 points separating them and Manchester United. But it remains to be seen whether they will legitimately challenge the Manchester clubs who, at the moment, look the most likely to take the crown back to the North West of England.

Liverpool, on the other hand, after a shaky start and a rough defeat – do seem to have dusted themselves off, raring to go again – like they always tend to do. A rather disappointing result overshadowing a positive performances against their biggest rivals in the weekend paved the way for a rout in Europe, against Maribor in midweek – a 7-0 win which put some confidence back in the side.

The Reds enter this game with the right kind of momentum and in addition to the recent history between the two clubs – Jurgen Klopp will be all the more upbeat to further their already impeccable record against the fellow ‘Big Six’ sides in the country.

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Why Liverpool and Tottenham have been forced to tone down their heavy metal football

By Ewan Roberts for Metro.co.ukSaturday 21 Oct 2017 7:00 am Share this article with Facebook Share this article with Twitter Share this article with Google Plus Share this article with Whatsapp Share this article through email Share this article through sms 215 It is almost exactly two years since Jurgen Klopp took charge of his first match against Liverpool, away to Tottenham. On that day, his side ran further than they had in any previous match, and sprinted more, immediately echoing the ‘heavy metal football’ played by his Borussia Dortmund team. Spurs, at that time, felt like the benchmark – in the Premier League at least – for a pressing team, but they found an equal that day. When they face off at Wembley on Sunday, though, the match is not likely to follow the same pattern. In each of Klopp’s previous duels with Mauricio Pochettino, the games have been attritional battles not so much for control, but for the prevention of it. There are slight differences, of course: Tottenham’s pressing prevents build-up in an effort to win back possession themselves, Liverpool’s gegenpressing is designed to win the ball high up the pitch after losing it and force quick attacks.

More simply, Spurs want the ball back to restart the construction of their own play – often forcing opponents to play long balls where their trio of centre-backs are waiting – while Liverpool see the act of winning back the ball as an opportunity to score. ‘No playmaker in the world can be as good as a good counter-pressing situation,’ says Klopp.

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Coutinho out to match Suarez, Liverpool’s strong Spurs record – Tottenham vs Liverpool

 21 October 2017

Liverpool and Tottenham have met 50 times in the Premier League with Liverpool winning 23, drawing 14 and losing 13. Here’s more pre-match stats for you.

Reds’ good record in recent years

Liverpool are unbeaten in 4 visits to Tottenham, with 2 wins and 2 draws.

Home and away the Reds are unbeaten in the last 9 clashes with Spurs since losing in the capital in November 2012 – of the 26 players who took the field that evening only Jordan Henderson, Hugo Lloris, Jan Vertonghen and Moussa Dembele remain at their clubs.

The 5-0 thrashing

LONDON, ENGLAND - Sunday, December 15, 2013: Liverpool's Jon Flanagan celebrates scoring the third goal against Tottenham Hotspur with team-mate Jordan Henderson, Lucas Leiva during the Premiership match at White Hart Lane. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool’s biggest ever victory at Tottenham came in December 2013 when they won 5-0. Of the 18 players involved that day only Simon Mignolet, Philippe Coutinho, Jordan Henderson and Jon Flanagan are still at Anfield.

Moreno’s debut goal

Alberto Moreno scored his first goal in English football at Tottenham in August 2014 in a 3-0 win. It is his only away goal for Liverpool.

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Countdown: LFC’s top 10 wins at ‘Anfield South’

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Ahead of Liverpool’s Premier League clash with Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley, we have picked out our 10 most memorable wins at the national stadium.

From European Cup glory through to multiple FA Cup triumphs, the Reds enjoyed so much success at the ground over the years that at one point it was nicknamed ‘Anfield South’.

With the rare occasion of a league fixture at Wembley awaiting Jürgen Klopp’s side on Sunday, whet your appetite for the occasion with a look back over our best days there.

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‘Live for the moment’ – Alberto Moreno’s story of redemption

“Cómo estás?”

A simple Spanish phrase but one to which Alberto Moreno’s answer has transformed in the past three months.

Restored to the Liverpool starting line-up this term by virtue of his refusal to accept such a scenario was beyond his reach, the left-back’s redemptive story since returning to pre-season in the summer is as uplifting as the smile that forms across his face when that question – “How are you?” – comes from the visiting Kenny Dalglish at Melwood.

The positive reply to the legendary Scot in the training ground’s reception was straightforward. “Bien, bien.” Good, good.

But the story behind it is complex.

“I always believe that you should look back on the previous season before the next one starts,” Moreno tells Liverpoolfc.com in an exclusive interview.

“You always think ‘Where can I improve? How can I improve?’ You do grow and get better season on season, you think ‘How can I give more? How can I produce more?’

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