MOTD COMMENTATOR’S NOTES
There were good signs on Tuesday in the Champions League win over Red Star that Tottenham may be rediscovering the easy rhythm and momentum which has been a hallmark of their play for much of Mauricio Pochettino’s five and a half years at the helm.
Over the last month, Liverpool have been good enough, rather than as good as they can be. Jurgen Klopp will recognise that their results against Chelsea, Leicester, Sheffield United, Manchester United and Salzburg could all easily have been worse.
Someone once said: “If you can’t be good, be lucky.” Being both would be the German’s ideal.
VIEW FROM THE DUGOUT
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp on Tottenham’s Champions League final hangover: “I can say nothing about their situation. How can I compare with our situation?
“It’s not possible to judge from outside. Reporters always ask for your opinion on other clubs and players but you have to be in a situation to understand it.
“What I can say is what I saw on Tuesday night and that was a very good Tottenham team playing well.”
Manager Mauricio Pochettino on Tottenham’s team dinner on Thursday night: “It was nice, it was busy, we spent a few hours there and it is always nice to see people in a different environment.
“That doesn’t mean we are going to go to Anfield and win 5-0 because we were nice all together. But it is going to help in the long term.”
I still think Tottenham have got it in them to spring a shock.
They have got some really potent attacking players and it would not surprise me if they are close to their best again in this game after a series of disappointing results.
- Tottenham’s 4-1 win at Wembley in October 2017 is their solitary success in the past 15 meetings in all competitions (D4, L10).
- Liverpool have won the three most recent encounters.
- If Liverpool win this match, they will equal the Premier League record of 28 points after the opening 10 fixtures. All three teams who hold that record (Chelsea in 2005-06, Manchester City in 2011-12 & 2017-18) went on to win the title that season.
- The Reds could fail to win consecutive league fixtures for only the second time this year.
- They are on club record runs of 11 home victories in a row and 44 successive matches unbeaten at Anfield.
- Liverpool’s last seven Premier League goals have been scored by seven different players.
- Mo Salah has scored six goals in his last eight starts against Spurs in all competitions, four for the Reds and one each for Basel and Fiorentina.
- Tottenham have won only three of their past 12 Premier League games, keeping one clean sheet.
- Their tally of 12 points is their lowest after nine matches since Mauricio Pochettino’s first season as manager in 2014-15.
- Spurs won 11 of their opening 13 league away games last season but are winless in all subsequent 10 away league matches (D2, L8).
- They have used a joint Premier League-high 23 players so far this season.
- Harry Kane has been directly involved in seven goals in nine league appearances against Liverpool, scoring five and setting up two. However, he failed to score in both league games against the Reds last season.
- He is is one shy of moving joint-third alongside Martin Chivers (174) in Spurs’ all-time leading goalscorers in all competitions.