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Premier League 2020-21 Preview: Tottenham Hotspur vs Liverpool

Following their exit from the FA Cup 2020-21 Competition, Liverpool Fc (The Reds) are due to play against the hosts Tottenham Hotspur Fc in the Premier League.

Date: 28 January 2021 (Thursday) ; Time: 8:00 p.m (BST) kick-off ; Venue: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, England.

After not playing in the FA Cup 2020-21 Fourth Round encounter with the hosts Manchester United Fc, Joël Matip might return back to squad for the clash with the hosts Tottenham Hotspur Fc (Spurs).

The Cameroonian might be partnered with Makeshift Defender Fabinho at Centre Back. As part of the Front of 3; Sadio Mané might also return back in action to play alongside Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah.

If Captain Jordan Henderson is deemed unfit to play, then there might be a possibility of Xherdan Shaqiri to feature in the Midfield alongside Thiago Alcântara and Georginio Wijnaldum.

Since drawing 2-2 at Anfield around February 2018 (2017-18 Season), the Reds has won all their games against the hosts Spurs but all these Matches were narrowly won.

 

Reds Team Injuries and Suspensions: Due to an unspecified minor fitness issue which could likely be a minor muscle strain, Captain Jordan Henderson was ruled out since the Burnley Fc Home encounter and the Club will be hoping for the skipper to be back soon.

Diogo Jota has stepped up his rehabilitation, after sustaining a knee injury during the Second Half of the FC Midtjylland away clash. The Portuguese International is still few weeks away from full recovery.

Due to a muscle related issue, Naby Keïta continues to be ruled out for an indeterminate period.

Defensive Stalwarts Joe Gomez and Virgil Van Dijk remains sidelined for an unspecified period, after undergoing successful surgeries on their injured knees.

Both Van Dijk and Gomez has stepped up their rehabilitation. Furthermore, no timescale has been set for their return as they are still a long way from regaining Full Fitness.

 

Verdict: The recent records all count for nothing as proven in the previous games that the Reds had played this Season.

As a manager, José Mourinho has a respectable record in beating the Reds more times than he lost.

But against Jürgen Klopp, Mourinho has an unconvincing record by losing more times to Klopp.

Particularly against attack minded sides; Mourinho tends to set up his side to defend deep in numbers and attack on the counter.

Thanks to a late Goal from Roberto Firmino, the Reds managed to beat the visitors Spurs in the last time the 2 sides met last month.

However, the Reds have not been in their peak form as they have won just once in their last 7 games in all competitions and their Premier League Away Form has been particularly poor this Season.

 

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