Klopp ready for 'great' Spurs challenge

Tricia Pearson
February 4, 2018

Their last Anfield meeting occurred nearly a year back when a Sadio Mane brace in the first half sealed all three points for Liverpool.

This is the 150th league meeting between the two clubs and rarely have they both been on such level standing - with failure to acquire a top-four finish a huge disappointment for either.

A similar result in Sunday's clash at Anfield would see Spurs overtake Liverpool in the table, and they will be confident after winning the reverse fixture 4-1 in October.

Spurs ruthlessly exposed Liverpool's defensive weaknesses on that afternoon, though Klopp's charges also constantly shot themselves in the foot, as they produced one of their best performances under Mauricio Pochettino. While the Reds are renowned for bleeding goals, they are much more secure at the back on home soil. Kane, who wears No.10 rather than No.9 because he considers himself more than a goalscorer, is a very good all-round centre-forward.

Liverpool's Adam Lallana is a doubt for Sunday's Premier League game against Tottenham Hotspur with the club not willing to risk aggravating the midfielder's muscle injury, manager Juergen Klopp said.

As good as Van Dijk unquestionably is, a last-gasp goal in the Merseyside derby has somewhat papered over an inauspicious first month at Anfield.

"And we are close to having the squad fully fit, which is good news for us".

Serge Aurier, Harry Winks and Toby Alderweireld could all be in contention following their return to full training after injuries. Both players are available at 13/10 odds at Coral. Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip were used in the 3-0 victory over Huddersfield, with Virgil van Dijk on the bench.

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He described his own January signing - £25m Lucas Moura who was out-of-favour at Paris Saint-Germain - as opportunistic.

Victory for third-place Liverpool at Anfield would open up a five-point gap to Tottenham, a healthy buffer for Jurgen Klopp's team who have lost only once in 16 league games.

Tottenham haven't done the league double over Liverpool since 2010-11.

Nathan Dyer of Swansea City tackles Andy Robertson of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Liverpool at Liberty Stadium.

Ever since Pochettino arrived in north London in 2014, he has only managed one win against the top six in 2016, where they beat Manchester City 2-1 in the Ethiad.

The France global played 903 minutes in the Premier League for Tottenham last season; so far this campaign, the 28-year-old has already played 1106 minutes of league football.

Although Tottenham are not great travellers, they have won seven points in the last three games, after gaining only one point in the five games before that.

Harry Kane has had a hand in six goals in six Premier League appearances against Liverpool, with four goals and two assists.

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