Tottenham vs Liverpool: Line-ups
Expect a Closely-Fought Draw
The unforeseen revival of Ndombele has certainly been a shining light in an underwhelming couple of months for Tottenham, especially with Dele Alli unable to get a look-in, and the nine goal contributions that the Frenchman boasts across all competitions has seen him quickly become one of the first names on Mourinho’s team sheet.
On an individual level, the ever-controversial Mourinho will be determined to get one over Liverpool, whom he has lost his last three league meetings against – a run which represents his longest losing streak against a top-flight opponent.
This week’s fixture at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium represents the first ever top-flight match between Liverpool and Spurs on a Thursday, and having managed to beat the Lilywhites on the other six days of the week, the Reds could follow in Everton and West Ham United’s footsteps by beating them on all seven should they prevail in the capital.
December’s game at Anfield was one of the few Premier League matches with fans in attendance before another national lockdown, and Liverpool came up trumps in a 2-1 win thanks to Firmino’s bullet header. The Brazilian has often been criticised for his lack of goals, but he has managed to find the back of the net in four of his last five league matches against Tottenham.
It remains to be seen whether Mourinho will deploy a gung-ho approach or sit back and hope to attack Liverpool on the counter, although that could prove costly against a Reds side desperate to break their goalscoring duck. Spurs have undoubtedly improved in recent weeks, but for 85 minutes against Wycombe, their ongoing problems were evident.