Saturday evening will see Premier League top four hopefuls Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur meet at Anfield. A game neither side can afford to lose.
Jurgen Klopp knows that a massive improvement will be needed against Tottenham this evening. They arrive at Anfield a very confident side after winning seven wins from their last nine league games. By stark contrast it has been an awful 2017 for Liverpool so far, where at the turn of the year we were challenging Chelsea. Six weeks later we have now swapped positions with Spurs, who have gained a massive 11 more points than us in 2017.
Liverpool play well against Top 6 clubs and I’m sure that this is a good game to get an improved performance out of Liverpool – a bit like the Chelsea game was last week.
For the first time under Klopp the goals aren’t flowing, and he seemed really dejected following last week’s defeat at Hull. He wasn’t angry, but down. Often this is worse – devoid of emotion, something needs to change and fast!
- Liverpool are unbeaten in their last nine league and cup matches against Tottenham, winning six of them.
- Last three Premier League meetings have ended in draws.
- The Reds have lost just one of their last 22 Premier League home matches against Spurs (W14, D7).
- The last time Liverpool failed to win any of their opening six top-flight matches in a calendar year was 1954 – when they went on to be relegated.
- The Reds have dropped 12 points in their last five Premier League games (D3, L2)
- Jurgen Klopp has the same record as Brendan Rodgers in his first 54 league games as Liverpool boss: 26 wins, 16 draws and 12 defeats.
- Liverpool have yet to lose a league game this season against a side currently in the top half of the league.
There will a late assessment on Dejan Lovren, who missed the defeat at Hull with a swollen knee, and fellow centre-back Ragnar Klavan, who has been unwell. Adam Lallana, who has a minor Achilles problem, will also be monitored. With that in mind Klopp may not have his strongest squad available.
Would this mean a change in formation to allow a return of Sturridge or Origi or would a midfield three of Can, Henderson and Wijnaldum be selected?
Potential starting eleven for the game. Should Lovren fail his fitness test then either Klavan or Lucas would step in. If Lallana manages to train this morning then he could feature.
Karius; Milner, Lovren, Matip, Clyne; Wijnaldum, Henderson, Can; Coutinho, Firmino, Mané.
“In my dreams we can win 14 games. I know how it sounds but I cannot change my dreams and that is what I am working for.”
“Most of the time I do what I have to do, not what I want to do. The reason why we did it wrong is not always clear but sometimes it is not always important, you only have to fix it immediately.”
“To fix it is the most interesting part of my job actually.”