Hello and welcome to a match that only a few weeks ago would have seen top play second in the table. But, as is the case in this strangest of seasons, things have changed rather a lot since then.
Tottenham’s form has been indifferent and Liverpool are without a league win since Christmas. Put them together and what we have is a battle between two sides currently outside the Champions League spots (albeit with games in hand).
Aided by some fortunate cup draws, things have started looking up for Jose Mourinho’s side in recent weeks, with Spurs coming into this match unbeaten in their past eight fixtures.
It is not too difficult to hazard a guess at how Tottenham will approach this match having watched the first edition last month when Spurs’ stubborn resistance was only broken right at the death courtesy of a Roberto Firmino header. Mourinho, as is his wont, had set his side up for the counter-attack and almost saw it work to perfection, if only Steven Bergwijn or Harry Kane had taken good chances.
Tonight’s hosts go into the match without Sergio Reguilon, who looks set to be out for three weeks with a muscle injury, while Ben Davies and Matt Doherty are also doubts.
Liverpool have dropped points against West Brom, Southampton, Newcastle, Manchester United and Burnley in recent weeks, failing to score a league goal in their last four games. What is going wrong? Their defensive problems – caused by multiple injuries – have been well documented, but it is their issues in front of goal that have caused most consternation.
I recommend reading this piece by my esteemed colleague JJ Bull for an insight: Why Liverpool have stopped scoring and why fans should not worry.
Some good news for Jurgen Klopp’s side is that captain Jordan Henderson is due to return for this match having missed the last two games with a muscle problem. Joel Matip could also feature after he was left out as a precaution in the 3-2 FA Cup defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.