Liverpool vs Tottenham: Tale of the tape from Anfield

Winks and Moura might get a start in what ought to be a more routine game in next Wednesday's fourth round FA Cup replay against Newport County, but to play Alderweireld and Rose as well would nearly certainly rule them out for next Saturday's crucial lunch time kick-off against Arsenal. "We have different players, with different características". [Virgil] Van Dijk, [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang.

Liverpool have only lost one of their last 23 home Premier League games against Tottenham (W15, D7) - that sole defeat coming in May 2011.

Mauricio Pochettino's side arrive on Merseyside in high spirits having seen off Manchester United at Wembley in their previous outing, and a win against Liverpool will see them enter the top four and overtake the Reds in the table. They are available at odds of (2.10) for a big home win with Bet9ja. When he is not able to score from open play, he demands spot kicks and converts them.

It's true that Kane is two goals ahead in the hunt for the Golden Boot but with just a solitary assist to his name this term, the England international's overall contribution falls short when compared to Salah, who has provided six assists on top of his 19 strikes, while also having played nearly 200 minutes less football this season compared to Kane.

"We will try to be focused during the 90 minutes to try and achieve the win".

With Tottenham winning the reverse fixture 4-1 at Wembley back in October, they will not fear the task of facing Liverpool at Anfield. Liverpool found a victor seven minutes from time with Mario Balotelli scoring his first Premier League goal for the club to earn a 3-2 win.

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The England worldwide also has 18 goals in his last 13 top-flight away games.

While Spurs haven't always shown their best against Liverpool recently - Klopp has lost just one meeting from six against Spurs - Kane has a good record against them, directly contributing towards six goals (four goals, two assists) in six matches.

So will Pochettino adapt his fabled philosophy, as he has done in this season's Champions League?

"Remember when some people complained or criticised that Tottenham didn't have Plan B", he said. Dominate games. Play with one striker. Five at the back. The imperative has to be scheming a back four that can handle our opponents. Now you have to say: "Tottenham have Plan A, B, C and D, no?" "We're stronger mentally and more mature". Perhaps the same small-town, tight-knit, David against Goliath atmosphere that Pochettino has helped to generate at Tottenham is as much of a hindrance as a help in these matches.

This game has all the ingredients needed to be a classic. You need a variety of qualities to peneatrate a modern defence: speed in behind, players who can come short to receive the ball into feet, runs from deeper positions, directness out wide, and someone who can thread a pass between defenders.

  • Lawrence Cooper