Three thoughts ahead of Liverpool vs Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham's Christian Eriksen in action with Liverpool's Jordan Henderson

Tuesday sees Liverpool entertain Tottenham with a place in the quarter final of the EFL Cup at stake.

Tottenham's Christian Eriksen in action with Liverpool's Jordan HendersonTottenham's Christian Eriksen in action with Liverpool's Jordan Henderson

Tuesday evening sees the masters of the high-press come head-to-head once more as Liverpool take on Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield.

Both sides sit in the top five of the Premier League with attentions shifting to the EFL Cup for the time being and the opportunity to add the League Cup to a pair of trophy cabinets that have been barren for recent years.

The League Cup is the last trophy both clubs have won in recent times, with The Reds tasting success over Cardiff City in 2012 while Spurs beat Chelsea in 2008.

The fortunes of both teams have vastly improved since then without the silverware to necessarily back it up, but could this be the year Jurgen Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino get a trophy their hard work deserves?

Here are three thoughts ahead of their clash.

Liverpool's Sadio Mane in action with Tottenham's Danny RoseLiverpool's Sadio Mane in action with Tottenham's Danny Rose

1. Pressing matters

Two of the league's most hard-working, high-pressing and fast-running teams put their wits and legs against each other in what will be a tense but exciting, fast-paced affair.

Back in September, The Mirror reported that Liverpool led the way when it comes to most distance covered with over 580km run, while Spurs were third behind Manchester City with 566km.

The last three meetings between Klopp and Pochettino have resulted in draws with neither side able to get the upper hand, cancelling each other out and matching each other's energy and fitness levels.

What separates the two on Tuesday evening could come down to individuals and who can take the game by the scruff of the neck.

Liverpool's Sadio Mane in action with Tottenham's Jan VertonghenLiverpool's Sadio Mane in action with Tottenham's Jan Vertonghen

2. The immovable object vs the unstoppable force

The best defence comes up against the best attack with Klopp's Liverpool breezing their way through life while Spurs have proved themselves to be stubborn opposition.

The Reds have scored 28 goals in 11 games this season while Tottenham have conceded just six in 13. When the two sides faced each other in August, Liverpool dominated proceedings but failed to take full advantage while Pochettino's men dug deep and found an equaliser.

Liverpool may still leak goals, but they have not conceded more than two goals since the first two games of the season, while Spurs are struggling to score in Harry Kane's absence.

The odds suggest it will take the odd goal to decide the match and who will go through to the quarter final.

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp and Tottenham manager Mauricio PochettinoLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

3. A trophy both sides could do with winning

Both managers have suffered heartbreaks in their short spells in charge in this competition, with Liverpool losing the first of two cup finals last season, first to Manchester City on a penalty shootout before losing the Europa League final to Sevilla 3-1.

Spurs lost to Chelsea 2-0 in 2015 and you can see why both managers don't have fond memories of the League Cup.

But if Tottenham and Liverpool want to prove themselves back among football's elite, they need to add trophies to the cabinet and match their ambitions with success.

This is a competition both sides have a strong chance of winning, but fielding reserve sides is tempting to rest players and potentially reduce the number of matches in the season with an early exit.

Yet if they want to be taken seriously as a force within English football, they must start winning cups and build a winning mentality that will have a huge effect in the long-term.

Liverpool's Nathaniel Clyne in action with Tottenham's Danny RoseLiverpool's Nathaniel Clyne in action with Tottenham's Danny Rose

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