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Premier League 2020-21 Preview: Liverpool vs Tottenham Hotspur

After being held to a disappointing 1-1 draw by the hosts Fulham Fc, Liverpool Fc are due to play their Premier League Home Fixture against Tottenham Hotspur Fc.

Date: 16 December 2020 (Wednesday) ; Time: 8:00 p.m (BST) kick-off ; Venue: Anfield, England.

Liverpool Fc (The Reds) once again has the chance to move on top of the Table with a win over Tottenham Hotspur Fc (Spurs). Yet, it is easier said than done as the Spurs are a formidable side under José Mourinho.

Since Mourinho took over the helm, the Spurs had vastly improved their defences. Against attack minded sides, Mourinho’s men are steadily building their reputation to defend deep and attack on the counter.

As such, the Reds simply cannot afford another lacklustre performance as they did against the hosts Fulham Fc during the First Half.

Trent Alexander-Arnold in particular had a subpar performance and will be raring for an improved performance against the Spurs.

However, the Spurs were also held to a disappointing 1-1 by the hosts Crystal Palace before the Reds Away Fixture against Fulham Fc.

Despite being named among the bench and not playing against the hosts Fulham Fc, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is expected to feature in the upcoming home Match against the Spurs.

The last time these two sides met Anfield; Goals from Jordan Henderson and Mohamed Salah helped the Reds to over Spurs (2-1) after going behind the game in just the first minute.

 

Reds Team Injuries and Suspensions: Joël Matip latest injury has left the squad with no recognised Senior Centre Back in the side. Fortunately, the Cameroonian sustained a back spasm and was substituted before the Second Half of the Fulham Fc Away Fixture.

Jürgen Klopp will be hoping that Matip will recover and be available in time for the Spurs Home Clash.

Konstantinos Tsimikas is ruled out for the foreesable future after hurting his knee during the Second Half of the FC Midtjylland Away Clash and faces another spell on the sidelines.

In form Diogo Jota injured his knee during the Second Half of FC Midtjylland Away Match.

Both Tsimikas and Jota faces lengthy layoffs of around 6-8 weeks.

After sustaining his hamstring injury during the Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club Away Match, James Milner is due to miss for the foreseeable future.

Xheridan Shaqiri remains ruled out for an indeterminate period after sustaining his leg muscle injury while on international duty with Switzerland.

After undergoing successful surgeries on their injured knees; Joe Gomez and Virgil Van Dijk remains sidelined for an indeterminate period.

However, no timescale has been set for the return of Van Dijk, Gomez and Shaqiri by the Club.

Thiago Alcântara is likely to be sidelined for the remainder of this year and is currently recovering from his knee injury sustained during the Everton Away Match.

 

Verdict: Mourinho’s managerial record against the Reds is impressive and had beaten the Reds more times than suffering losses. However, the Reds under Klopp have a better record against Mourinho.

The Portuguese Coach has known to build his team to soak up the pressure by defending deep against Attack minded Sides and attack on the counter.

Klopp will be wary not to fall in to the similar tactical trap set by Mourinho against Manchester City Fc and Arsenal Fc.

 

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