Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur - Match Preview, Stats & Team News

To be played on Sunday 30th March 2014 at 16:00. Venue: Anfield, Liverpool.

Odds: Liverpool 5/11, Draw 4/1, Tottenham Hotspur 13/2

Last season: 3-2

Preview & injury news

Liverpool are on a very good run at the moment having won seven league games on the bounce, but they have had their nervy moments like in midweek against Sunderland. But it all means that they are within a point of leaders Chelsea with seven games remaining, but Manchester City remain favourites for the title. They go into this game looking to make it eight on the bounce, and to keep up their unbeaten league run in 2014.

Tottenham have been on a bumpy run of form which has seen them fall to sixth in the table - given that they targeted the top four at the start of the season, it must be disappointing for them that they aren't even favourites to finish fifth having fallen a point behind Everton having played a game more. From their last six games they have won three and lost three.

There has been plenty of talk this week that Liverpool have benefited from not having European football this season, and have only had to play one game per week from the visiting side, but the boot is on the other foot as Spurs come into game fresh after Liverpool had a game in midweek.

On the injury front, Liverpool have only the one high profile injury of Jose Enrique who has been suffering from a knee problem for much of the season, and it is unlikely the Spaniard will return between now and May. For Spurs there are more injury worries with Kyle Walker likely to miss the trip to Anfield as he continues to struggle with a pelvis injury. Michael Dawson is back in full training whilst Vlad Chiriches could return to the side following a back problem. Etienne Capoue is out with an ankle problem whilst Erik Lamela is still struggling with a back problem. Emmanuel Adebayor has a knee injury amongst other minor muscle problems but will be assessed ahead of the game.

Key stats

Here are the two side's top scorers in the Premier League this season: 

Luis Suarez Liverpool FW 28 26 2,334
Daniel Sturridge Liverpool FW 20 23 1,836
Steven Gerrard Liverpool MF 11 27 2,290
Emmanuel Adebayor Spurs FW 8 15 1,268
Roberto Soldado Spurs FW 6 25 1,807
Christian Eriksen Spurs MF 5 18 1,358

Their average possession statistics:

NamePossession PercentagePlayed
Tottenham Hotspur 54.26 31
Liverpool 54.03 31

And their average possession statistics:

NameClean SheetPlayed
Tottenham Hotspur 12 31
Liverpool 9 31

5 players to watch

Steven Gerrard - A lot has been made of Gerrard having to walk a tightrope given that he is one yellow card away from earning a two game ban. But the Liverpool captain has at times come up with moments of real quality that have made the difference for the Reds. Can he come up with another one of those moments to keep his side in pursuit of the title?

Gylfi Sigurdsson - Sigurdsson has said he doesn't regret his move to White Hart Lane instead of Liverpool despite the two sides fortunes this season. The Iceland international scored a big goal last weekend for Spurs against Southampton - can he come up with another big moment for Spurs?

Daniel Agger - Liverpool's defensive frailties have been criticised on several occasions this season, and it is certainly something that needs addressing as the side can't afford too many nervy moments like in midweek. Can Agger, along with the rest of the back four, show signs of improvement this weekend?

Jan Vertonghen - Vertonghen has been quoted saying that the difference between the two sides was Luis Suarez - and Vertonghen is going to have the pleasure of marking the Uruguayan. Can he keep him quiet for 90 minutes?

Jordan Henderson - Henderson was in terrific form when the two sides met at White Hart Lane earlier on in the season. He scored and was awarded the man of the match. He has been a big player for Liverpool this season with his pressing and quality on the ball in the middle of the park. Expect to see a lot of Henderson during Sunday's clash.

Earlier on in the season

Tottenham Hotspur 0-5 Liverpool, December 2013

It was the game that ultimately ended up costing Andre Villas-Boas his job at White Hart Lane as Liverpool moved themselves up to second with a comprehensive win. Luis Suarez used his quick feet to skip away from Michael Dawson and Kyle Walker before firing low past Hugo Lloris 18 minutes into the game. The Reds were in complete control and the impressive Jordan Henderson doubled Liverpool's lead after a double save from Lloris. It got worse for Spurs in the second half as Paulinho was sent off for a high challenge on Suarez. With 15 minutes of the game to go Jon Flanagan got his first Liverpool goal by scoring on the half-volley from a Suarez cross. Suarez got his second by chipping Lloris after a through ball from Luis Alberto and Raheem Sterling rounded off the scoring from close range from a through ball from Suarez.

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