After their hard-fought win against West Ham United, Liverpool will look to take another step toward continental competition against Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield this Sunday at 16:30 (GMT+1). Kickoff for this matchup takes place at 16:30 on April 30.
Liverpool Earns Important Win to Remain Unbeaten, Eyes European Spot with Spurs Showdown
Liverpool earned an important 2-1 victory against West Ham United during midweek fixtures to remain unbeaten over their last five games – DDWWW. Reds sit seventh with 53 points after 15 wins, 8 draws, and 9 defeats after 15W, 8D, and 9L matches, one point short of fifth-placed Spurs and sixth-placed Aston Villa both with 54. With their sights set on qualifying for European football next season, Liverpool are hoping to take advantage of every advantage and beat Tottenham to move ahead of them in the table. “We take what comes our way; that is the way of things,” Jurgen Klopp stated at his pre-match press conference. “We didn’t start the season thinking if we qualified for the Europa League it would be wonderful; rather, the season taught us some valuable lessons,” he stated. Liverpool have only lost one out of their past 20 Premier League meetings against Spurs [13W, 6D, 1L]. Spurs could extend their unbeaten run against them to 11 games after not suffering defeat since their 4-1 loss at Wembley Stadium back in October 2017 (their most recent defeat). “Last night I watched Tottenham play Manchester United and most of our opponents from last night were present,” Klopp stated. A 4–3–3 system featuring Gakpo, Jota, and Salah will likely be deployed against Tottenham as an attacking trio.
Tottenham Hotspur Claw Way Back from Early Two-Goal Deficit to Draw Against Manchester United, Set Sights on Fourth-Place Finish Ahead of Liverpool Clash
Tottenham Hotspur managed to claw their way back from an early two-goal deficit against Manchester United and earn a 2-2 draw on Thursday afternoon, under Ryan Mason after Cristian Stellini had been sent off due to being dismissed as manager. Since avoiding defeat, Spurs under-31st-year manager Tim Sherwood’s efforts are directed at returning them to top-four contention. Unfortunately, Spurs [16W, 6D & 11L] have gone three games without winning (DWLLD), six points behind fourth-place Manchester United [60 points], heading into this weekend’s clash. Spurs have only won two out of their last 35 away league matches against Liverpool [2W, 10D, 23L] – and have yet to taste victory against them five Premier League away games since 2013. On Sunday, expect Harry Kane’s 3-4-0-2-1 formation once more from Spurs. Hugo Lloris will miss Sunday’s trip to Liverpool. Ryan Mason made this announcement on Friday morning. They plan on seeing how their players feel this afternoon and in terms of training ahead of tomorrow’s match-ups before making any definitive calls about Hugo or any other injuries.