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    Tottenham Hotspur vs Liverpool Match Preview

    Liverpool will hope to bounce back from the disappointment of last weekend's defeat to promoted Burnley when they travel to White Hart Lane on Saturday to face Tottenham.

    Jurgen Klopp's side opened the season with a dazzling performance against Arsenal but some of the defensive deficiencies have plagued the club in recent seasons were evident once more as they crashed to an unexpected defeat at Turf Moor.

    Spurs have started their campaign competently, picking up four points from their opening two fixtures, but are yet to scale the heights that they reached so memorably on their way to finishing third last season.


    Mauricio Pochettino's side achieved last weekend what they failed to do in their first four matches of last season by getting their first win on the board but they found it tough-going against a resolute Crystal Palace side.

    Victor Wanyama, who was one of two home debutants, finally broke down the away side's resistance after 82 minutes to secure the win that they just about deserved.

    Whereas Harry Kane has spearheaded the Spurs attack for the last couple of season, it was the club's new £17 million signing Vincent Janssen who found himself in the number nine position and he thrived in that particular role.

    It remains to be seen whether Dele Alli's position on the bench will be a more permanent arrangement or whether Pochettino can find a way of accommodating Janssen, Kane as well as last season's PFA Young Player of the Year.

    Janssen's energetic performance caught the eye last weekend and he is likely to retain his place in the starting XI having also impressed in the opening day draw at Goodison Park when introduced as a second-half substitute.

    Spurs have a poor record against Liverpool in recent seasons, failing to beat The Reds in their past seven meetings, but they will be aware that Burnley hadn't beaten the 18-time Champions in the league for 42 years before they triumphed last weekend.

    Last season, The Lilywhites did finally end a five-game losing run against Jurgen Klopp's side by drawing both matches but the 1-1 draw at Anfield in April proved damaging to their title chances.


    The Reds managed to move on quickly from last weekend's disappointing defeat to Burnley when they thrashed Burton Albion 5-0 in the second round of the Capital One Cup on Tuesday.

    Daniel Sturridge was omitted from the starting line-up for the second time in three matches but he responded in the best way possibly by scoring twice when introduced as a 64th minute substitute.

    The hard work had already been achieved at that stage by Divock Origi and Roberto Firmino, who both scored early on and remained as the front two until Sturridge replaced the Brazilian with the score at 3-0.

    Jurgen Klopp, similar to his Tottenham counterpart, has his own dilemma of deciding his best strike-pairing but it is competition for places throughout the whole Liverpool side which is extremely high at the moment.

    With Philippe Coutinho and Emre Can doubtful after picking up injuries in the past seven days, it could open the door for the likes of Kevin Stewart or Marko Grujic to stake a claim for a spot in the starting line-up.

    Liverpool will need to recapture some of the magic that displayed against Arsenal two weeks ago and avoid some of the defensive faux pas that they endured against Burnley if they are to complete a North London double.

    Sadio Mane's return from a shoulder injury against Burton in midweek is likely to improve that particular cause as his ability to break the lines of the opposition defense with his pace was somewhat absent the club's performance last weekend.

    Tottenham Team News

    Hugo Lloris remains on the sidelines for a second successive game after he sustained a hamstring injury against Everton but he should return against Stoke after next weekend's international break.

    Kevin Wimmer is ready to get his season up and running after missing the first two matches with a hamstring injury, although Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen remain very much as the first-choice partnership in central defence.

    One player who is still unable to return is Mousa Dembele, who incurred a six-match ban at the end of last season after accepting a FA charge of violent conduct and that rules him out until September 18.

    Liverpool Team News

    Emre Can and Philippe Coutinho are both doubts for Jurgen Klopp's side after sustaining respective ankle and hamstring injuries in the past week and are likely to undergo fitness tests ahead of kick-off.

    The fitness of Divock Origi will also be assessed after he suffered from cramp in midweek, while five Liverpool players have been ruled out until after the international break.

    Lucas Leiva (hamstring), Joe Gomez (achilles), Loris Karius (broken hand), Sheyi Ojo (back) and Mamadou Sakho (heel) are not yet ready to return until September at the earliest.

    Liverpool are prepared to let Sakho leave the club on loan in this transfer window in order for the French defender, who has not started for The Reds this season, to regain his match fitness and form.


    Liverpool have not lost against Tottenham since Aaron Lennon and Gareth Bale scored in a 2-1 win at White Hart Lane in November 2012, which was their seventh victory against Liverpool in 10 matches at that stage (with one draw).

    The Reds went on to win the next five matches, scoring 18 goals in the process, but their dominance was ended with a 0-0 draw at White Hart last October, Jurgen Klopp's first match as Liverpool manager.

    In the Premier League era, Spurs trail the head-to-head in all competitions with only 16 wins to Liverpool's 23 although 13 of those matches have ended in draws.

    The Reds also lead the overall head-to-head with 78 wins wins to 47, with the last of the 40 draws coming when the sides last met in April when Philippe Coutinho and Harry Kane scored in a 1-1 draw at Anfield.

    Score Prediction

    Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 Liverpool
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