Pochettino and Tottenham primed and ready ahead of crucial spell

by Leon Thompson February 4, 2018, 1:04
Pochettino and Tottenham primed and ready ahead of crucial spell

While it's hard to look beyond Manchester City as the Premier League's best attacking force, it's arguably Mauricio Pochettino's Tottenham Hotspur who have created the most impressively balanced attacking quartet.

However, a Spurs victory at Anfield would see them leapfrog Liverpool while a positive result for Chelsea at Watford on Monday would then see the Reds drop out of the top four so this game is huge in terms of Champions League qualification.

Liverpool inflicted City's only Premier League defeat of the season in thrilling fashion 4-3 two weeks ago, only to follow-up by losing to Swansea City in the league and getting beaten by West Bromwich Albion in the FA Cup.

Likewise, in spite of Lucas Moura's late capture on deadline day from Paris Saint-Germain, Spurs remain in the bottom half of the Premier League table when it comes to net spend on transfers this season.

Although Tottenham are not great travellers, they have won seven points in the last three games, after gaining only one point in the five games before that. But, the major point of concern will be the potential inclusion of new arrival Lucas Moura.

"He came from PSG, a big club".

"But it is different if you sign Neymar or [Lionel] Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo".

"It is always it's hard to play away from home with the top sides, like Liverpool in this case".

"If I had to pick one of them to make the top four, though, I would take Liverpool, and I expect them to turn Tottenham over".

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Spurs have no suspended players.

Tottenham Hotspur's 2-0 win over Manchester United at Wembley on Wednesday was one of their five best performances under Mauricio Pochettino, according to Harry Kane.

Liverpool went 18 games unbeaten off the back of that and despite back-to-back defeats at the end of January, they will hope to prove those losses were only minor setbacks with a statement triumph over their rivals. Even at full-back, Ben Davies is steadier and more defensive than Danny Rose, who offers more overlapping.

On the pitch, things have gone reasonably well for the Reds.

Lovren was excellent on Tuesday, but turned in a shambolic performance against Tottenham last time out and was subbed off on 31 minutes.

In the United States, the game will kick at 11:30 ET and shown live on NBC Sports Network.

Tottenham have Harry Kane - the current Premier League top scorer, though Mohamed Salah is only two behind him.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has said that Adam Lallana is unlikely to feature against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday afternoon.

As Spurs continue to impress this season with home wins against the likes of Real Madrid and Manchester United, they would really need to improve their away record against such teams if they want to be considered a real force in England and Europe.

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