Tottenham vs Liverpool Preview
The last time the two teams met was on December 16th. Fans saw a tight game, which long enough looked like it could end in a 1-1 draw after a goal by Salah in the 26th minute and an equalizer by Son in the 33rd. Just when both managers seemed content with the draw, Firmino scored the late winner with his forehead.
Crisis at Liverpool?
Ever since, Liverpool is struggling to maintain its good form. In fact, they have fallen behind in the standings after some poor performances. Klopp’s side is missing Van Dijk and Gomez, who are suffering long-term injuries. In addition to that, Joel Matip is out. Defensive midfielder Fabinho has taken charge in midfield and along with him Klopp has worked with both Henderson and the young Rhys Williams, who both have had a tough time.
Liverpool find themselves in a difficult period at the moment. Hence, Thursday’s game will be extremely important for them. They have only scored one goal in their last five league games and that was against West Brom in late December. Since then, the Reds are in a run of four games without scoring a goal.
Spurs may have dropped a little in the standings, too. However, they are still in the reach of the top, hoping to be able to compete for the title. Both Kane and Son are capable of scoring and are second and third in the scoring charts (after Salah). Tottenham is unbeaten in their last four games, but most recently only drew against bottom side Fulham.
Despite the teams’ very different form curves, they are actually tied in the table, Liverpool on 34 points and Spurs on 33. Incidentally, both Everton and West Ham are behind on 32 points each.
Tottenham vs Liverpool: First half-time promises action
According to the stats, there has not been a goalless first half at Liverpool vs Tottenham in the last ten games. Moreover, Spurs are the strongest Premier League starters, as no team has scored more goals (21) or conceded less (4) within the first 45 minutes. They haven’t conceded a single goal before the 30th minute. On the contrary, they have faced a lack of concentration in several occasions during the closing period of games. Hence, they conceded just over 47% of their goals after minute 75 of the game.