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    Tottenham Hotspur vs Liverpool Match Preview


    Tottenham and Liverpool will be hoping to emulate the outstanding form they produced in the Champions League in midweek when the two sides meet at Wembley on Sunday.

    Spurs produced one of their best ever away performances in Europe by holding defending champions Real Madrid to a well-deserved 1-1 draw at the Bernabeu, which keeps the club joint-top of their group.

    Liverpool returned to form in spectacular style, also on Tuesday night, with a 7-0 thrashing of Slovenian champions Maribor to record their first win of the group stages and break an all-time English club record in the competition in the process.

    Tottenham Hotspur

    Tottenham's performance at the Bernabeu in midweek demonstrated a level of maturity that the club have been lacking in Europe over recent seasons, with Cristiano Ronaldo's penalty cancelling out Raphael Varane's own goal to earn both teams a share of the spoils.

    Mauricio Pochettino's side more than matched their Spanish opponents by delivering an ambitious and disciplined display, while they had two glorious chances in the second-half to take all three points through Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen.

    Despite Madrid having double the amount of possession and efforts on target as Tottenham, the away side were never stretched defensively on a consistent basis by their star-studded opponents and duly held firm until the end.

    The performance and result further disproves Pep Guardiola's notion that Tottenham are "the Harry Kane team", with their patched-up line-up showing they belong on such a grand stage in the absence of several key players.

    After finally ending their Wembley hoodoo last weekend in the 1-0 victory over Bournemouth, Pochettino's side will be hoping to secure another three points against Liverpool this weekend to move level with second-place Manchester United on 20 points.

    If Tottenham do manage to record a win over The Reds, it will be their first victory in 11 meetings against Sunday's opposition and therefore end a sequence that has seen Liverpool win seven of the previous 10 matches and score 24 goals in the process.

    Despite having the likes of Victor Wanyama, Mousa Dembele and Erik Lamela still unavailable, Spurs will be able to recall Dele Alli after he served a European ban in midweek, while Ben Davies is also expected to play after recovering from illness.

    Liverpool

    Liverpool broke the record for the highest away victory, achieved by an English club, in Europe's premier competition with Tuesday's 7-0 annihilation of Slovenian champions Maribor to move top of their Champions League group.

    It proved to be the performance and result that Jurgen Klopp's side so desperately needed after a disappointing run of form, which had seen the club win only one of their previous eight matches in all competitions.

    While performances have generally been of a high calibre in recent weeks, Liverpool have lacked the ruthlessness that they finally displayed on Tuesday as well as the defensive solidarity shown in last weekend's 0-0 draw against Manchester United.

    The match proved particularly beneficial for Roberto Firmino, who ended a mini goal-drought by scoring twice, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain after the former Arsenal player scored his first goal for the club on his eighth appearance.

    The trip to Tottenham represents a far more difficult test for The Reds, although they can be encouraged by an excellent record against last season's top-seven sides which has seen them only lose once in those meetings since January 2016.

    Liverpool must beat Sunday's opponents to avoid losing further ground on leaders Manchester City, while a defeat would see Pep Guardiola's men remain 12 points ahead of The Reds after their 3-0 victory over Burnley on Saturday.

    Klopp's side will need to cope once again without the services of Sadio Mane due to a hamstring injury although Jordan Henderson is expected to return after being rested for the 7-0 win against Maribor.

    Tottenham Hotspur Team News

    Dele Alli is set to return for Tottenham after serving a one-match suspension against Real Madrid, with Fernando Llorente the player most likely to give way despite an impressive performance against the European champions.

    Ben Davies also missed out in midweek but has since recovered from illness and is set to be chosen ahead of Danny Rose, who made his first appearance for the club as a substitute since sustaining a knee injury in January.

    Moussa Sissoko could miss out if Pochettino decides either to play with a back-three or hand Heung-Min Son a recall, while Kieran Tripper and Serge Aurier will battle it out for the right-back position.

    Several players remain unavailable for Spurs including Mousa Dembele, Erik Lamela (both hip) and Victor Wanyama (knee) although Georges-Kevin N'Koudou is likely to be in contention despite suffering from concussion against Bournemouth.

    Liverpool Team News

    Liverpool are expected to make several changes from the 7-0 thrashing of Slovenian champions Maribor in midweek, with Simon Mignolet, Joe Gomez and Jordan Henderson all set to return to the starting line-up.

    Loris Karius, Trent Alexander-Arnold and James Milner are likely to drop to the bench, despite impressing on Tuesday night, where they will be joined by the likes of Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain and Daniel Sturridge.

    Sadio Mane misses out as he continues his recovery from a hamstring injury, with Klopp expected to name the same line-up which was held to a 0-0 draw by Manchester United at Anfield last weekend.

    Adam Lallana (thigh) and Nathaniel Clyne (back) are still not ready to return having failed to feature for the club so far this season, while fourth-choice goalkeeper Adam Bogdan also remains sidelined with a knee injury.

    Head-To-Head

    Liverpool have won seven and drawn three of their last 10 encounters against Sunday's opponents, a sequence which started in March 2013 and has seen The Reds score 24 goals to Tottenham's seven.

    In the 10 matches prior to March 2013, it was Tottenham who had a period of dominance in the head-to-head with seven wins, a draw and two defeats as well as an aggregate scoreline of 19 goals to 11.

    Jurgen Klopp's side lead the way in terms of Premier League wins, with 23 victories to Tottenham's 13, while 14 of the 50 encounters between the sides in the competition have ended in draws.

    With the first meeting between the two teams taking place in 1909, The Reds also lead the all-time head-to-head against Spurs, courtesy of 80 wins and 41 draws compared to Tottenham's 47 victories.

    Score Prediction

    Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 Liverpool
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