At the Bernabeu against Real Madrid, and at Wembley against Borussia Dortmund, Tottenham performed outstandingly despite enjoying only 33 per cent and 32 per cent of possession respectively. Spurs captain Hugo Lloris is the man between the sticks who faces no competition whatsoever from his Liverpool counterparts. However, Spurs are now on a streak of four consecutive defeats in away games to Top Six rivals.
Liverpool FC bounced back from a two-game losing run with a 3-0 victory over Huddersfield Town at John Smith's Stadium on Tuesday night to move to within three points of second-placed Manchester United.
Mauricio Pochettino's big decision on Sunday is whether to stick with the attacking quartet that has done so well in recent weeks, or bolster his midfield in a bid to stem the Liverpool threat.
While neither manager is likely to care which of their players ends up the match-winner on Sunday, the build-up is likely to focus on two individuals who have been in sparkling goal-scoring form all season.
The league's two top goalscorers also go head-to-head in this clash, with 21-goal striker Harry Kane the only player to net more in the top flight in the current campaign than Liverpool winger Mohamed Salah, on 19 after the same amount of appearances. Expect Alderweireld, Rose and Winks to start from the bench with the thought of introducing them late on when opponents are tiring. He had a long injury, then he played, then he was injured. It remains the most fundamental test of managerial quality. Assuming Eric Dier is Pochettino's first choice as defensive midfielder, that leaves no room in the side for Victor Wanyama. 'You have to go through.
What was apparent in the game against Manchester United is that the Spurs attack is more than the sum of its parts. Despite the twin setbacks in terms of results and Philippe Coutinho's untimely departure, Liverpool are in a pretty good position. And there are no easy solutions. They had a good start, a good middle, and a good finish to the game, and that's why they won, but it has absolutely nothing to do with the next game.
"Spurs showed against Manchester United that they are in good shape at the moment, and they have not lost since their defeat by Manchester City in December". Sooner or later, he is just going to take a gamble. Next up is Liverpool and that's another massive game. Last season, Spurs had a chastening experience at Anfield. They are just a good side and they are still together.
Over the past seven games, Can has played more league minutes (618) than anyone else in Liverpool's squad, winning the most tackles (25), completing the second-highest number of passes (375), making the joint-highest number of interceptions (11) and contributing a goal and assist.
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