Liverpool welcome Tottenham to Merseyside on Saturday evening looking to address their recent slump in form. The Reds are without a league win in 2017 while Tottenham have climbed to second in the table. Jurgen Klopp’s men are yet to lose a game against a top six side and will be hoping a result against Spurs can change his team’s fortunes. Mauricio Pochettino will be looking for a win to keep the pressure on Chelsea in the title race.
We take a look at the last five meetings between the two sides…
February 2015 – Liverpool 3-2 Tottenham
A five-goal thriller at Anfield was settled by Mario Balotelli of all people. The Italian’s first goal for the club snatched three points for Liverpool, who took the lead twice. Lazar Markovic opened the scoring after just 15 minutes, an excellent low finish at the Kop end. Harry Kane pegged one back for Spurs, but Steven Gerrard restored the lead from the penalty spot. Moussa Dembele levelled proceedings again following a Christian Eriksen free-kick before Balotelli, who replaced Daniel Sturridge, bagged his first goal and sealed all three points.
October 2015 – Tottenham 0-0 Liverpool
October 2015 marked a new era for Liverpool as Klopp took over from Brendan Rodgers as manager. His first game as Liverpool boss was at White Hart Lane where his side battled for a point. It was the first time that Liverpool fans were able to witness Klopp’s high pressing style of football. Simon Mignolet was in fantastic form to deny the hosts, but Divock Origi squandered the chance to give the new boss the win; his header crashed off the bar. Both sides could not break the deadlock, and the points were shared.
April 2016 – Liverpool 1-1 Tottenham
In the return fixture at Anfield, the spoils were divided again. Hugo Lloris was in fine form and kept the visitors in the game on numerous occasions – saving from Sturridge and Adam Lallana. Philippe Coutinho eventually opened the scoring in the second half with a lovely placed shot that gave Lloris no chance. Heung Min-Son wasted a huge chance before Kane swivelled and buried a superb shot past MIgnolet but the result meant Spurs lost ground on Leicester in the Premier League title race.
August 2016 – Tottenham 1-1 Liverpool
Confidence was high at Liverpool. They had already beaten Tottenham’s North London rivals Arsenal in the first game of the season in a 4-3 thriller. Erik Lamela fouled Coutinho inside the area, and James Milner coolly dispatched the resulting spot kick. Joel Matip headed off the bar as Liverpool controlled most of the game. Spurs snatched a point following a long-range drive from Danny Rose before Sadio Mane had a goal ruled out for offside.
October 2016 – Liverpool 2-1 Tottenham
The latest encounter that took place between the two sides was in the EFL Cup and featured a lot of youth players. Klopp made 11 changes but recalled Sturridge to the starting line-up. The English international responded in fantastic fashion by bagging a brace which downed the Lilywhites. New signing, Vincent Janssen, netted another goal for the club from the pen spot but the young Reds held on to secure passage to the next round.
Who will come out on top when the two sides meet at Anfield? Liverpool or Tottenham? Let us know!