Who: Liverpool vs Tottenham
When: Wednesday, December 15th @ 3:00pm ET
Line: Liverpool -130 | Draw +285| Leicester +350
Wtf is going on in the Premier League this season?
Liverpool are dropping points to Fulham. Manchester City are drawing West Brom. Arsenal and Man U are lol.
Be it the truncated schedules, injuries, and general calamity due to COVID-19, this is turning out to be the weirdest and most unpredictable Premier League season since Leicester’s win in 2015-16.
Because of that, Wednesday’s showdown between Liverpool and Spurs has real title ramifications. If either squad can secure 3 points, they’ll stake a serious claim for top honors in England.
Here’s a Liverpool vs Tottenham preview.
Liverpool vs Spurs preview
Ok, here we go again. First, let’s start with the Liverpool infirmary report from Premier Injuries.
With that in mind, here’s a potential starting XI:
Trent Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Joel Matip, Andy Robertson
Jordan Henderson, Gini Wijnaldum, Curtis Jones
Roberto Firmino, Mo Salah, Sadio Mane
Jurgen Klopp is in a tough spot. Liverpool looked gassed against Fulham. But who is he going to rotate in? Diogo Jota is out. James Milner is out. While Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is a possibility, will Klopp bench Jones after his best game for the Reds? Can Ox provide the same type of needed defensive work rate that Gini will provide? Hendo is unbenchable in big matches.
The midfield’s defensive work is really the key here. Containing the very in-form Harry Kane and Son Heung-min will require discipline and work rate.
While British announcers call him “clever,” Kane is as blatant a diver as the most annoying players in Spain or Italy. He’s going to ground if he’s breathed on. Klopp will be at risk putting a younger CB like Rhys Williams or having to sub Neco Williams in. Mature, steady defending is the key. If either Fabinho or Matip are less than 100%, the Reds are in trouble.
Offensively, Liverpool should be fine. Mane is due for a breakout game and Salah is teetering on a massive showing.
However, Jose Mourinho will have his side patiently wait to pounce on a counter while having them packed in defensively to frustrate Liverpool’s front three. It’s what he does. He just hasn’t ever really done it well at Anfield.
Just like Mou always seems to grind results against Pep, he struggles to figure out Klopp. This feels like one of those “holy shit Liverpool!” matches where they pull out a thrilling 4-1 win. Spurs will claw one back off a weak Harry Kane dive and pk. Otherwise, Liverpool dominate.