It’s been a brilliant week of European games, with some supporters jubilant, others despondent. The weekend will see battles commence throughout the division, and Saturday will be blessed by a nighttime battle, between two of the Super League’s big six.
Liverpool will now have to play every available game till the season’s close, with two cup finals still to come this month. The Premier League may actually offer some welcome distraction, with the pressures of knock out football shelved for a moment. The takeaways will be ushered in ready for kick off, and BT Sport will be talking about the tactical genius of each manager.
Tottenham continue their Champions League qualification fight, with Antonio Conte’s team contesting with Arsenal, Manchester United and West Ham for that celebrated 4th spot. The next four games could shape the entirety of Spurs next season, with either the 1st, 2nd or 3rd tiers of European football in their future.
Last weekend saw Liverpool control and overcome an in form Newcastle, and the rotation reds will surely shuffle the pack once more. With this game quickly followed by a Tuesday trip to Villa Park, the use of Klopp’s elite squad will have to be orchestrated as required.
Tottenham travel north on the back of a convincing home win against Leicester, and currently sit in 5th spot. They are currently two points behind North London rivals Arsenal, with the spoils of victory a desperation for both clubs. With this match up’s 3 points so important for both teams (Liverpool & Spurs), it should make for an eventful night, under the historic Anfield lights.
Tottenham still has Japhet Tanganga, Matt Dotherty, Sergio Reguilon and Oliver Skipp out, so will probably start with the same eleven from the week prior. Ryan Sessegnon will thus be tasked with following Trent Alexander-Arnold, which could make for an entertaining dual. Harry Kane will remain the focal point in attack, and the only potential change could see Lucas Moura coming out for the impressive Dejan Kulusevski. Son Heung-Min will probably offer the away teams best weapon, with his ability to counter at speed so dangerous.
Liverpool will be without Roberto Firmino, with a foot injury still keeping him sidelined. The defense could see Kostas Tsimikas come in, with Andy Robertson in need of a rest. Joel Matip will once more step into the league line up, with Ibrahima Konate coming out. The midfield will see a return of Jordan Henderson, with his likely partners Thiago Alcantara and Fabinho.
The attack for the reds will have Luis Diaz as a certain starter, and the match up of the day will surely be him and Cristian Romero. The South American contest of two brilliant performers could be the pivotal battle, and each player will be desperate to win. Mohamed Salah will take up his right hand berth, and Sadio Mane will probably start in the middle.
Jurgen Klopp versus Antonio Conte is a match up of two genuine world class coaches. The needs of each will intensity the affair, and should make the game box office viewing. With the urgency and talent within the home side, the Anfield atmosphere should see them prevail, though it will inevitably be a huge test in order to get there. Tottenham are clearly in the ascendancy, and next season will be a key period to judge their own improvement. This game is huge for both clubs ambitions, and with so much talent on show, it could become an epic encounter.
Player to watch – Luis Diaz
Liverpool 2 – 1 Tottenham