With some pundits suggesting that Tottenham have replaced Liverpool as one of the ‘big four’, this game is the perfect opportunity for Kenny Dalglish’s men to prove otherwise. However, with eleven points already separating the two, it would be fair to say that the Reds have plenty of work to do to climb up the table and reach the 3rd spot that Spurs currently find themselves in.
After a promising start to the campaign, it now looks as though Liverpool will struggle to even reach Europe after a disastrous few months. Kenny Dalglish’s side currently sit in 7th position, two points away from 5th place Arsenal, meaning that they are going to be under a lot of pressure as the season counts down. In terms of recent form, the Reds have performed very well following a 3-1 defeat to Bolton a couple of weeks ago. After progressing to the Carling Cup final, the Anfield outfit proceeded to knock Man Utd out of the FA Cup and then record a comfortable 3-0 victory over Wolves. It is also worth mentioning that Liverpool are one of only two teams in the Premier League not to lose a home fixture this season.
Tottenham on the other hand are having their best season for years and some optimists at White Hart Lane may even be looking for their side to launch a serious bid at the title. With eight points currently separating them from top spot, that could be a tough ask although victory in this clash would nevertheless narrow that margin significantly. Their recent form is highly impressive as well, with Spurs losing just one of their last twelve. With that being said, their away form in the Premier League has been slightly troublesome, with Harry Redknapp’s side winning just one of their last four on the road.
There’s big team news to report ahead of this clash for Liverpool, with Luis Suarez poised to return for the Reds having finally completed his eight match suspension. Other than that Kenny Dalglish has no other concerns, although Steve Gerrard is likely to return having missed out on Liverpool’s last fixture. Tottenham meanwhile could have several problems, with the likes of Jermaine Defoe, Emmanuel Adebayor and Rafael van der Vaart all struggling with fitness problems. That could pave the way for Louis Saha to make his debut, while Harry Redknapp will also be without Tom Huddlestone, Aaron Lennon and William Gallas who are all on the treatment table.
As for a prediction, our tip is going to be for the Liverpool victory. The Reds have a very good record at Anfield this year and with Tottenham struggling on their travels in recent weeks, we expect a narrow 2-1 win for Kenny Dalglish’s side.