Match Preview: Liverpool vs Spurs
Date & time: December 16th, 2020 - 8pm
Is it on: Amazon Prime Sport
Ref: Anthony Taylor
The near momentary elation that LFC fans felt on Sunday afternoon, as Spurs finally dropped some points, ahead of what looked like an easy clash against Fulham, was short-lived.
Nobody could've foreseen the leggy, half-paced performance at Craven Cottage coming, not even Jurgen Klopp by the looks of him, but it was a big come down.
Many of us had hope, and expected, to carry on our solid recent form, and grind out a respectable, maybe even high-scoring win and go clear at the top ahead of tomorrow night's game.
But what do we know? In this season of unpredictable football, literally anything seems possible. Even Liverpool getting beaten 7-2.
Spurs at Anfield though is a truly top of the table clash, between the only two sides that have looked even half way convincing so far, even if that isn't saying much either.
Spurs themselves come into the game in very similar form: 2 wins and 3 draws in their last 5 games. Much like the Reds. Sunday was a stutter for them, showing signs of tiredness and fatigue, a lot like Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool. So both sides are in the same boat tomorrow.
Injuries & Suspension
Little has changed for Liverpool in this regard, the usual suspects are out. Ox returned to the bench on Sunday, but the chances of him coming on were zero. He clearly isn't ready.
But a few more days may be enough for him to be ready for some kind of involvement, if necessary. Naby Keita had a 'fitness issue', but I'm fully expecting him to be missing as well.
Joel Matip is the big concern though. Despite being reassured on Sunday night that it was just a minor back spasm, Klopp has provided an update today and it's looking pretty much touch and go as to whether he starts.
Unless Nat Phillips comes in alongside Fabinho, we will start the game without a single recognised centre back; something that must be immediately rectified in January.
Nobody could've foreseen the situation we're in but chances were there to correct it before it occurred, even up until the free transfer deadline so failure to again would be nothing but negligent at this stage.
Spurs are in a much kinder position, injury-wise, with just Erik Lamela and Japhet Tanganga out, with Bale looking like a potential loss at this stage as well.
Last 5 games:
Liverpool (all comps): D-W-W-D-D
Spurs (all comps): D-D-W-W-D
Predicted Line up
What more is there to say? With barely 13 fit senior players and a bench full of kids, Liverpool will be lucky to even field the same team as Sunday, on Wednesday night.
If fit, Matip starts, no question about that. But if not, it'll likely be Nat Phillips as Henderson looked highly uncomfortable there on Sunday, and his absence in midfield in the second half was sorely felt too.
Predicted starting XI: Alisson, Robertson, Matip, Fabinho, Alexander-Arnold, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Jones, Mane, Salah, Firmino