|DATE||Sunday 4th February 2018|
2. Nathaniel CLYNE
4. Virgil van DIJK
5. Georginio WIJNALDUM
6. Dejan LOVREN
7. James MILNER
9. Roberto FIRMINO
11. Mohamed SALAH
12. Joe GOMEZ
14. Jordan HENDERSON
17. Ragnar KLAVAN
18. Alberto MORENO
19. Sadio MANE
20. Adam LALLANA
21. Alex OXLADE-CHAMBERLAIN
22. Simon MIGNOLET
23. Emre CAN
26. Andrew ROBERTSON
28. Danny INGS
29. Dominic SOLANKE
32. Joel MATIP
34. Adam BOGDAN
52. Danny WARD
58. Ben WOODBURN
66. Trent ALEXANDER-ARNOLD
Ironically, Liverpool's first team squad is much shallower now than
when we played them in October at Wembley. Having bought
Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk, they have sold Philippe
Coutinho and loaned several fringe players until the end of the
season. their recent results have been a little confusing, as
after they ended Manchester City's unbeaten run, they promptly lost
away to Swansea City and at home to West Bromwich Albion in the FA
Cup. A return to form saw them put three past Huddersfield
Town, but most teams are at the moment.
The reds' first eleven is pretty good, but there has been some debate in Klopp's mind about who his number one keeper is, having now plumped for Karius. While van DIjk was brought in to shore up a central defence that creaks more than a haunted house, there have still been some horror moments, as teams have got past them too easily. Tottenham showed how it could be done, when they took Dejan Lovren apart, getting him subbed halfway through the first half. With Countinho gone, it will be left to Salah to open teams up with his pace, while the Liverpool fans' criticism of Sadio Mane has coincided with a drop in his form, so they will be hoping for something better from the winger. Former Gooner Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has found some better form since his move away from Highbury, Firmino has been among the goals, but has his off days (including the penalty miss against West Bromwich Albion) and with Lallana missing, Liverpool will rely on Emre Can to try and win the midfield battle.
van Dijk will be partnered by either Lovren, Joe Gomez or Joel Matip, who had been preferred recently, although he has been at fault for some of the goals they have let in. Andrew Robertson has been preferred at left back, with James Milner on the other side, but he might not be risked against the pace Spurs possess. Nathaniel Clyne is the other option, but he has been out injured, so Klopp might go with a back three with Milner further forward, unless he picks Moreno, who is a bit of a liability in the Liverpool defence. Alexander-Arnold has been a youngster the manager has given playing time to and he is good going forward, but his defensive nous leaves a bit to be desired and could allow Spurs to get in behind him.
Georginio Wijnaldum could be a pick in midfield, if Klopp is looking to try and close down the space available to play, with Jordan Henderson another spoiler he could select there. A lot will depend on the selections he makes and how Pochettino's side performs.
So, with Spurs having been so convincing against Manchester United, can we keep that going for another game and then again next week at home ? Can Liverpool rekindle the scoring form they showed in the Champions League group games, in what was a weak group ? Who will win the battle of the hot-shots - Kane or Salah ?
Spurs are more solid at the
back than Liverpool, but the reds have a fluent midfield and attack.
Spurs are also good going forward and the edge might be in the
stronger back line we have, so I am going for a narrow Tottenham win.
|PREDICTION||Liverpool 1 Tottenham Hotspur 2|
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LIVERPOOL TEAM NEWS :
Nathaniel Clyne (back), Adam Lallana (muscle) and Ragnar Klavan (thigh) are all likely to miss the Spurs game on Sunday.
HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS :
Danny Rose (ankle) is a doubt for the match, but Lucas Moura and Toby Alderwiereld (both match fitness) will miss out on the game at Anfield. Harry Winks and Serge AUrier return to the squad for the match.
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Sunday 4th February 2018
Tottenham Hotspur 2 (0)
Kick off 16:30
Salah 02m 15s
Salah 90m + 0m 35s
Wanyama 79m 32s
Kane (p) 90+4m 30s
Alexander-Arnold (foul on Davies) 43
Milner (foul on Trippier) 59
Can (dissent) 90+6
Dele (simulation) 70
|Crowd : 53,213||Weather : Chilly|
|Referee : Jon Moss (Leeds)||Assistant Referees : Mr. E. Smart; Mr. A. Halliday|
|Fourth Official : Martin Atkinson|
|Liverpool kicked off and played towards the Kop end in the first half.|
|Game time : - 90 + 7 minutes.|
|Liverpool :||kit||Tottenham Hotspur :||kit|
Hugo LLORIS (c)
Heung-Min SON (18
Fernando LLORENTE 90+2)
10 Harry KANE (p)
|Manager : Jurgen Klopp||Manager : Mauricio Pochettino|
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A pulsating match that featured three goals and a missed penalty in the last 15 minutes ended all square, with Liverpool furious at the referee Jon Moss at the end, but they should look a little closer to home after being gifted a goal inside three minutes and then twice being pulled back to level pegging as Spurs came within a whisker of winning, but had to be happy with a 2-2 draw in the end.
Klopp had been joyously rampaging along the touchline when Salah's second goal of the match scored just inside added time and coming just after Harry Kane had had a penalty saved, but he was soon in the depths of despair when referee Jon Moss pointed to the spot again a couple of minutes later, disbelieving what we was seeing and ranting at fourth official Martin Atkinson. Kane took responsibility and stepped up to rattle the ball into the bottom corner of the net with almost the last kick of the game to pour cold water on the Liverpool crowd and players, who had forgotten, it ain't over until it's over.
But things has started oh so
differently for the home side. After some early play, a ball
forward to Firmino bounced off him and then Dier’s touch
inadvertently put Salah through. On his own, he swept it to
Lloris’ left from inside the area to give Liverpool the fast start
that Spurs had on inflicted on Manchester United on Wednesday.
It was a disastrous start for Tottenham, who needed to start winning
against the top six teams away from home if they wanted to win a
title ... or so a lot of the media were saying. The luck has
certainly gone against us in a large number of the games against the
top six over the last few years, but we have to ensure that we make
our own luck and don't rely on things being handed to us on a plate.
Salah was a threat with his pace and trickery, now having scored three against us this season and our defence is pretty strong. They looked shaky after the early set-back and had to stick at it through the first half, looking more solid in the second half, with Pochettino's substitutions making the difference, while Klopp's played into Tottenham's hands. The draw was probably about the right result in the end, but it wasn't quite as a convincing a performance as Wednesday night and Spurs will need to be on it on Saturday t ensure we can keep up the pressure on those above us.
Harry Kane's goal was his 100th Premier League goal in his 141st match.
Anfield was originally
known as Annefield (the field of Anne). The Anne in question
was the daughter of a director of Everton, who let Liverpool have
the ground as a dowry, after one of their players married Anne.
The player's name ? Nathaniel Field !!
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Ironically, when Liverpool possessed the Spice Boys team, with
McManaman, Fowler, Redknapp, etc, they were known for passing teams
to death that the current team were victims of the same in the
second half by Spurs. While the home team shut Spurs down
efficiently in the first half, they could not keep it up and dropped
deep and ran out of legs, so that when they made their
substitutions, they only served to confuse their own players, with
too many around them to know their roles. I can't believe that
they trained with five at the back, like they ended the game with !!
Having only 34% possession must
be a bit worrying at the daunting Anfield. They were given the
run-around and only Kane's penalty straight at Karius saved them
Ever been cheated Anfield fans ? You would have thought so, by
the noise you were making when the decisions went against you.
This isn't the 1980s any more, where it was one of the laws of the
game that all the decisions went your way. If van Dick had
kicked someone like that in the street he would have been arrested.
How embarrassed must old Jurgen
"false Hampsteads" Klopp feel after his antics running down the line
when they scored in injury time. Shame he didn't show as much
passion in his substitutions, opting for the safety first defensive
substitution, although with his defenders, it is hardly ever safety
|Other scores during this week :|
|Brighton & Hove Albion||3||West Ham United London||1||Saturday|
|Leicester City||1||Swansea City||1||Saturday|
|Manchester United||2||Huddersfield Town||0||Saturday|
|West Bromwich Albion||2||Southampton||3||Saturday|
|Crystal Palace||1||Newcastle United||1||Sunday|
|League Table 2017-18|
|12||West Ham United London||26||6||9||11||32||46||27||-14|
|13||Brighton & Hove Albion||26||6||9||11||21||35||27||-14|
|20||West Bromwich Albion||26||3||11||12||21||37||20||-16|
Position before match :
Position after match : 5th
Position after the weekend : 5th
* Pub facts may not actually be true, but after a few pints everyone might think so.
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