Liverpool were ruthless with their disposal of Brendan Rodgers and wasted no time in bringing in former Borussia Dortmund manager, Jurgen Klopp into Anfield. The ‘charming’ German has been on a sabbatical since standing down in the summer but his planned year out of the game has been brought to a premature end as the attraction of Liverpool proved to be a match made in heaven for Klopp.
In the early kick off on Saturday 17th of October 2015, all eyes will be on the new man in the Liverpool hot seat but lets not forget we have two of the biggest Premier League sides going head-to-head. The table reads 10th v 8th but those positions aren’t likely to be accurate come May 2016. Both sides will be hoping to push on after the international break draws to a close.
1 defeat in Tottenham’s last 10 outings would seem as though they are a team in form but Pochettino will be eager to turn some of them draws into wins as they’ve drawn 5 of those. However, it did include a rampant 4-1 victory over Manchester City and their home form is impressive, winning the last 3 on the bounce.
Despite losing just 2 Premier League games, Brendan Rodgers fate was sealed shortly after the Merseyside Derby where the FSG group clearly felt the club was heading in the wrong direction and have devoted their confidence in a new man at the helm. Klopp picks up a team that are unbeaten in 6 but are winless on their travels this season.
Liverpool hold a psychological edge over their opponents as they’ve won the last 5 meetings between the 2 sides which has seen Liverpool fire in 18 goals. Tottenham are clearly an opponent they’ve favoured in the past couple of years but circumstances have changed considerably. Tottenham boast a defence that has shipped just 7 goals in 8 league games whilst Liverpool have struggled in front of goal on numerous occasions, scoring just 8 in 8.
Injuries have taken their toll on Liverpool and none more so than their front line which seems to be the case every season. Just as Daniel Sturridge was on the mend, Christian Benteke was ruled out with a hamstring injury sustained against Norwich City. He wasn’t named in the recent Belgium squad for their Euro 2016 qualifiers but could be fit enough for a place on the substitutes bench on Saturday.
Tottenham also have their injury concerns with Danny Rose still nursing a wrist injury and summer recruit Heung-Min Son suffering an ankle injury in the Manchester City demolition that looks set to rule him out for the visit of Liverpool. Midfield duo Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb are very close to returns and Mason could be drafted back in due to the absence of Eric Dier through suspension.
Stats: W-3 L-1 D-4
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Stats: W-3 L-2 D-3
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Tottenham (4-2-3-1) - Lloris, Walker, Verthongen, Alderweireld, Davies, Mason, Alli, Lamela, Eriksen, Chadli, Kane.
Liverpool (4-2-3-1) - Mignolet, Clyne, Skrtel, Sakho, Gomez, Can, Allen, Ibe, Coutinho, Lallana, Sturridge
Injury List/Suspended Players
Tottenham - Heung-Son (inj), Rose (inj), Bentaleb (inj), Dier (sus)
Liverpool - Lovren (inj), Flanagan (inj), Firmino (inj), Henderson (inj)
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