Tottenham vs Liverpool: Can Spurs continue their winning run against struggling Reds?
After Champions League triumph against Marseille, Tottenham will be looking to continue their winning run against a struggling Liverpool side.
The Reds will be looking to gain their own momentum in this fixture after defeating Napoli in the week.
The Lilywhites have failed to beat Jurgen Klopp’s side since 2017, with an impressive 4-1 home win at Wembley.
The team from Merseyside claimed victory in the two teams most crucial clash, when they met in Madrid in 2019, resulting in Liverpool lifting the Champions League for a sixth time.
However, with Virgil Van Dijk’s impressive home record coming to an end against Leeds, Liverpool’s Premier League form is in desperate need of revival with this weekend potentially being the perfect turning point.
Antonio Conte’s side have been handed a huge boost before this fixture with the expected return of Dejan Kulusevski.
With Heung-Min Son picking undergoing surgery this week after picking up a fracture around his left eye.
The North London side will still be without Cristian Romero and Richarlison, who would’ve looked forward to this fixture as a former Evertonian.
Rodrigo Bentancur left the field in Marseille with a hamstring concern, however, his 50 yard sprint to celebrate the winning goal suggests it isn’t anything too serious.
Conte also is hoping for Lucas Moura will be available for selection after the Brazilian felt some pain during training this week.
Liverpool remain without some of their key players Sunday. Naby Keita, Joel Matip are not expected to be available due to injuries.
Diogo Jota, Arthur Melo and Luis Diaz remain sidelined for longer term, with worries all three will miss out on the world cup.
Henderson looks to be fit for the fixture following his absence during the week against Napoli, whilst James Milner misses out due to concussion protocols following what happened during the week.
Darwin Nunez will look to start Sunday after coming on off the bench Tuesday and making a good impression. With a goal to his name and another which could of been his if the ball travelled an extra millimetre, it would be interesting selection if Klopp does not pick the Uruguayan.
ONE TO WATCH:
Arguably Tottenham’s player of the season thus far, Rodrigo Bentancur has been a revelation for the North London club since his arrival in January.
Deemed surplus to requirements by Juventus but very much a mainstay in this growing Spurs side, scoring two in his last three appearances.
The composure he possesses on the ball is second to none, weaving his way out of the most challenging circumstances with relative ease.
Glenn Hoddle was full of praise for his performance in the week. The former Spur, whilst on commentary, said, “Bentancur has absolutely run himself ragged this second-half.
“He's pressed everything, he's been good on the ball. He's the one really, the talisman that's turned this performance from Tottenham around.”
If Bentancur plays well, it could set an example for the entire team and result in glory for Antonio Conte’s men this Sunday
A man that has faced a lot of stick this season always appears in big games to silence haters that have a very open opinion on the Englishman.
Trent had a lot to say about his critics this week after his interview with Red Bull. “They used to say ‘Trent’s changed the position, changed the role, changed how full backs play’. Now it’s like ‘he doesn’t defend like a full back is supposed to’. If I’ve changed the game, then surely like you can’t have one without the other.”
It would be interesting to see how Trent reacts to the critics in the game on Sunday. Trent could make a massive difference Sunday if he is to perform to the standard everyone knows he can.
If Trent can click with Nunez, this partnership could be deadly, it all depends whether Trent can find his form come Sunday, if so, Liverpool have a very strong chance of taking three points back to Merseyside.