Match Preview: Tottenham vs Liverpool
Date & time: January 11th 2020, 17:30
Where: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Is it on: Sky Sports
Ref: Martin Atkinson
Liverpool will arrive in London tomorrow on the back of five straight wins without conceding a goal in all competitions since the CWC semi-final in mid-December.
The home side, on the other hand, have not kept a clean sheet since the 7th December in a 5-nil victory over a poor Burnley team.
Much as Liverpool have won their last five games, Spurs have won just once in their last five, when they beat Brighton very narrowly at home.
There's no other way to say it: Spurs are in a retched run of form. Liverpool, on the other hand, are in a fantastic, historic run of form.
We will take on Spurs tomorrow on the back of a heartening victory over Everton last weekend, when a largely reserve XI knocked our neighbour's first team out of the cup.
So it's basically set up for a frustrating 1-nil win for Spurs. But this is a different Liverpool team. A Mourinho low block shouldn't work the way it used to. And without their talisman in Harry Kane, as well as a host of other injuries, the ball is genuinely in Liverpool's court.
Injuries & Suspension
Liverpool are still missing Fabinho, Dejan Lovren, James Milner and Naby Keita, although Lovren and Fabinho should return to full training on Monday.
Good news comes in the form of returns to training for Joel Matip and Xherdan Shaqiri though, and it'll be doubly good news if either can make it into the match-day squad.
Takumi Minamino will be in his first match-day Premier League squad, whilst Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is also available again to start.
For Spurs, things have only got worse since the last time they played, with news that Harry Kane is out until April with a knee injury that has required some surgery.
Moussa Sissoko will also be missing tomorrow, whilst Hugo Lloris, Tanguy Ndombele and Ben Davies are all likely to be unavailable.
Last 5 games:
Spurs (all comps): L-W-D-L-D
Liverpoolerton (all comps): W-W-W-W-W
Predicted Line up
After the impressive win over the Blues on Sunday, there are some questions about who starts and who doesn't tomorrow night.
The obvious players pick themselves, when fit. But it's that extra midfield slot that has some questions marks next to it.
Does Curtis Jones deserve a start? Possibly, but not in such a huge game. Does Adam Lallana warrant a regular run after his impressive recent cameo? Yes, but then so too does Divock Origi (albeit further forward, perhaps).
The return to fitness of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has also added to our options in midfield, while Takumi being available in the league for the first time could maybe offer Jurgen another option with Spurs likely to change their tactics to accommodate us.
Starting XI: Alisson, Trent, Van Dijk, Gomez, Robertson, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Mane, Minamino, Salah, Firmino.