Preview - Liverpool vs Tottenham Feb 5 2018

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Match Day 26
Liverpool vs. Tottenham Hotspur
Monday, February 5th, 2018
00:30 am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Anfield

Last five matches form: W L W W W
Average goals per match: 2.3
Average goals against per match: 1.2
Top Scorer: Mohamed Salah (19)

Tottenham Hotspur:
Last five matches form: W D W D W
Average goals per match: 2.0
Average goals against per match: 0.9
Top Scorer: Harry Kane (21)

Undoubtedly the most anticipated contest of Match Day 26 takes place at Anfield as Mauricio Pochettino and Tottenham Hotspur head to Anfield for a mouthwatering clash with Jurgen Klopp's entertaining Liverpool side.

Liverpool may have lost one of their most potent attacking weapons with the switch of Phillippe Coutinho to Barcelona, but in Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Saido Mane, they still possess one of the most potent attacking forces in the league and look like scoring almost every time they venture forward. Recent defeats to Swansea and West Brom are however a little concerning and serve to highlight a continuing vulnerability at the back. The Reds do seem to raise their game for the big occasion however, as illustrated in that 4-3 win over champions elect Manchester City here at Anfield.

This looked to be a huge week for Spurs with regard to their top four aspirations, with clashes agains both Manchester United and Liverpool. Leg one of that intimidating double has been safely negotiated, with Spurs seeing off the Red Devils in midweek with a relatively comfortable 2-0 victory at Wembley. This will likely be tougher, but in Harry Kane they have just about the most sought after striker on the planet, and possess the tools to hurt Liverpool both on the counter and from set pieces.

Overall Liverpool are the better team going forward, certainly when it comes to the variety of their attack. Tottenham however are the significantly better team in defence, even accounting for the recent addition of Virgil Van Dijk to the Liverpool side. A tough one to call overall, but fortress Anfield may just give Liverpool the edge.

Prediction: Liverpool 2-1 Tottenham


Half time: 1 - 0
Full time:  2 - 2
Shots: 9 - 13
Shots on target: 3 - 6
Corner Kicks: 3 - 7
Possession: 34% - 66%

Trent Alexander-Arnold, James Milner and Emre Can were booked for the home side, with Dele Alli having his name taken for Spurs.

What a game at Anfield! It seems unlikely that we will see a more eventful final ten minutes in the Premier League this season.

It all started early though with Mo Salah making no mistake when finding himself one on one with Hugo Lloris in just the third minute.

Anyone who thought that would be the signal for the floodgates to open were mistaken though as Spurs slowly but surely gained control of the game, bossing the possession stats in a most accomplished away performance.

Tottenham had to wait until the 80th minute for their equaliser though, with Victor Wanyama blasting an unstoppable effort past Loris Karius in the Liverpool goal. Then the fun really started….

Loris Karius brought down Harry Kane in the 87th minute, presenting Tottenham with a golden opportunity to win the game. Karius was quick to make amends though, keeping out the prolific Kane's spot kick.

Then came the real moment of individual brilliance of the match as that man again, Mo Salah, bamboozled the Spurs defence before firing the ball into the bottom corner in the 91st minute. The winner surely…

Well not quite as Erik Lamela was brought down in the area by Virgil Van Dijk to provide Kane with a second chance from the spot in the 95th minute. No mistakes this time from the England hitman. He fired home to provide the final act to a pulsating finale.

Its as you were for Liverpool and Spurs after this result, as they maintain their positions in third and fifth respectively.

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