- Venue: Anfield
- Sunday: October 27th, 16:30
- Referee: Anthony Taylor
This clash between the two finalists in last season’s Champions League promises to be a game full of attacking football. During midweek action in the 2019-20 competition, Liverpool and Tottenham scored four and five goals respectively in claiming comfortable victories. However, Spurs lost last season’s final 2-0 and they have not won at Anfield since earning a 2-0 win back in March 2011. With the Londoners not winning an away match since beating Borussia Dortmund 1-0 during early March this year, Tottenham are facing a daunting task if they wish to leave Merseyside with all three points.
The fear of the sack was haunting Mauricio Pochettino after his Tottenham team were beaten 7-2 by Bayern Munich in recent Champions League action and then losing 3-0 at Brighton. His prospects were not helped when Spurs needed a late equaliser to salvage a point against Premier League bottom team Watford in a 1-1 draw. A midweek 5-0 win against Red Star Belgrade offers some hope for the beleaguered Argentinian but Tottenham are winless on the road this term with at least two goals conceded per Premier League away match. A 0-0 stalemate at League Two team Colchester in EFL Cup action and their subsequent loss in a penalty shoot-out also suggests a team short of confidence on their travels.
Confidence is most certainly not in short supply at Liverpool, although they failed to win a Premier League game for the first time this season when needing a late goal to claim a 1-1 draw at Manchester United last weekend. Yet the Reds have won all of their competitive games on home turf this season and Chelsea were the only visiting team to win at Anfield last season when securing a 2-1 EFL Cup success. It is the relentless attacking threat posed by Liverpool which scares most visiting teams and their recent 2-1 victory against Leicester is the only occasion to date this term when they have failed to net at least three goals on home turf.
Hugo Lloris (elbow) will not feature for Tottenham whereas Ryan Sessegnon is recovering from a hamstring problem, but this game may arrive too early for the Summer signing. Christian Eriksen has recovered from dead leg issue and could start this game.
Joel Matip (knee) is sidelined at Liverpool as is Xherdan Shaqiri (calf) while Nathaniel Clyne (knee) is expected to return in January. Trent Alexander-Arnold missed the midweek action due to illness but Andy Robertson should be fit after suffering a minor injury during the win in Genk. Mo Salah has recovered from an ankle injury.
It would be easy to predict a Liverpool home victory but a glance at their home form this term indicates that they have yet to register a clean sheet at Anfield in five competitive games. Although Spurs are facing a likely defeat, Harry Kane and his team-mates could exploit some hesitancy in the home defence by scoring at least one goal. They netted in this game last term which Liverpool won 2-1 via a very late own goal, and so a bet for Liverpool to win and Both Teams to Score priced at 7/4 with Bet365 seems a good offer.
A second pick is for Mo Salah to score at any time offered at 4/5 by Bet365. Despite not playing at his best level, he still scored on Wednesday evening and he has netted in all but one home fixture this term. The Egyptian international can be quiet for significant parts of a game but then can produce a moment of football magic. Salah failed to find the net in the corresponding fixture last season and will be eager to make amends on this occasion.
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