Liverpool have a strong recent home record against Tottenham Hotspur and can be expected to extend that for another year when they host them at Anfield on Sunday (4.30pm live on Sky Sports).
Liverpool won 2-1 at Anfield last season to extend their unbeaten run there against Spurs to eight league matches, including five wins. They actually prevailed in all three meetings between the sides last season, including a 2-0 victory in the Champions League final in May.
There has also been little in the new campaign to suggest that Spurs are in good shape to end that run this time around. While Liverpool top the Premier League table with 25 points from an unbeaten record of eight wins and one draw, Spurs are in seventh, with less than half Liverpool’s points tally and having lost as many as they have won.
In fact, including the latter part of last season, Liverpool had been on a 17-match winning streak in league play, one shy of equalling Manchester City’s Premier League record, prior to last weekend’s 1-1 draw away to Manchester United. Liverpool went behind towards the end of the first half only to equalise, through substitute Adam Lallana, towards the end of the second.
The result was surprising in the context of the team’s respective Premier League positions coming into the match. It has always been quite a cautious fixture in recent years, and United were able to wrestle the match in a cagier direction than Liverpool would ideally have liked, limiting them to one of their least effective attacking performances of the season. The absence of the injured Mohamed Salah clearly contributed to that.
Before that, Liverpool have averaged 2.5 goals a game in seeing off a variety of teams including Arsenal, Chelsea and high-flying Leicester City. They bashed in another four goals in a 4-1 away thrashing of Genk in the Champions League on Wednesday. Salah has returned and scored in that fixture. The well-established triumvirate of him, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino will expect to have opportunities to add to their tallies on Sunday.
Liverpool have scored twice in five of their last six matches against Spurs, with that aforementioned trio scoring eight of their 11 goals in that time. This season, Liverpool have the second-best attack in the league, while Spurs have the sixth-worst defence.
In general, it has not been the start to the season Spurs and coach Mauricio Pochettino were hoping for after finally getting out their cheque book to add to the squad with the summer arrivals of Giovani Lo Celso, Tanguy Ndombele and Ryan Sessegnon. That is partly because injuries have limited the appearance time of all three, particularly Lo Celso and Sessegnon, and partly because there seem to be greater underlying issues within the dressing room.
It is always hard to separate fact from fiction when it comes to things that happen behind closed doors, but Pochettino has himself alluded to the atmosphere within the group not feeling quite right this season. There are a number of players who wanted summer moves or are soon out of contract and their presence seems to be having a detrimental effect on the group dynamic.
There are football problems, too, with the balance of attributes in midfield and the quality of available full-back options. While Spurs still have enough attacking firepower in Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son, among others, Pochettino has struggled to create a coherent team and system this season. The result has been a difficult start but not a disastrous one. While Spurs are down in seventh, they are only five points off the top four.
They do, though, currently look like a team incapable of dealing with the rapid transitions and attacking potency of this Liverpool side. Spurs did come away with a 2-2 draw away to reigning champions Manchester City earlier this season but the end result was hardly representative of a match in which they were outshot by 30 to three. A Liverpool win looks by far the most likely outcome on Sunday.
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