A relentless quadruple quest continues for Liverpool on Saturday evening when they welcome top-four chasing Tottenham Hotspur to Anfield as they hope to keep the pressure on Premier League leaders.
LIVERPOOL STATS, FORM, SQUAD.
Fresh from booking their place in the Champions League final, Jurgen Klopp’s men will strive for an all-important win against Spurs to keep the Premier League dream alive. With EFL Cup already in the bag and finals in the FA Cup and Champions League against Chelsea and Real Madrid, The Reds are the first club to have ever reached the finals of all competitions played in a single season. Certainly, Klopp and his players will know that they cannot afford another 45 minutes like the first half against Villarreal on Tuesday night when they produced their worst half of the season. Fortunately, they managed to fight back from 2-0 down to win 3-2 on the Spanish turf. Nonetheless, Klopp’s men enter Saturday’s match with just one defeat in their last 29 games in all competitions. Liverpool are unbeaten in 21 Premier League outings at Anfield with an impressive 10 clean sheets. The Reds have lost only one of their last 18 meetings with Tottenham (W12 D7 L1). With Roberto Firmino still the only doubt, Klopp has a full squad to rotate from which is a big plus at this stage of this season. We’re likely to see one of Mane or Salah rested this weekend. Jordan Henderson is likely to come into the midfield and Joel Matip is set to return in place of Ibrahima Konate in defense. Predicted lineup: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Thiago; Salah, Mane, Diaz.
TOTTENHAM STATS, FORM, SQUAD.
The potent Tottenham attack of Harry Kane, Son Heung-min, and Dejan Kulusevski shone again in their last Premier League outing against Leicester after blanks against Brighton and Brentford. But more will be needed to overcome a solid Liverpool defense as a win will aid an all-important top-four finish. Spurs currently sit fifth in the premier league standings – two points adrift of Arsenal with a blockbuster North London derby between the pair next week. The margin for error is increasingly slim as matches run out, and even a draw away to Liverpool is not enough for Conte’s side if Arsenal go on to beat Leeds on Sunday. However, manager Antonio Conte has drawn 1-1 on both of his own previous premier league visits to Anfield, and the wily Italian’s winning experience may be Tottenham’s best hope this weekend. Defenders Matt Doherty, Sergio Reguilon, and Japhet Tanganga all remain sidelined, while Midfielder Oliver Skipp is out for the rest of the season after undergoing surgery. Predicted lineup: Lloris; Romero, Dier, Davies; Emerson, Bentancur, Hojbjerg, Sessegnon; Kulusevski, Kane, Son.
ACCUMULATOR TIP: BTTS & OVER 2.5
ANYTIME GOALSCORER: MO SALAH & HARRY KANE