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How Liverpool and Tottenham could line up in the Premier League

One of the biggest matches of the season so far takes place this week as Jurgen Klopp goes up against Jose Mourinho

 
12:46pm on Wednesday 16th December 2020
By
Martin Macdonald

Liverpool and Tottenham know that their league meeting at Anfield on Wednesday night could have a significant bearing on how the remainder of the season could play out.

Jose Mourinho's side are exceeding expectations by keeping pace with Jurgen Klopp's side at the top of the table, in what is one of the tightest title races in years.

Both come into this contest off the back off weekend draws; Liverpool were held 1-1 away at Fulham and Tottenham could only draw 1-1 at Crystal Palace despite leading until the latter stages.

During the draw against Fulham, Liverpool were forced to play without any recognised centre-back in the second half after Joel Matip was forced off with a back injury at half-time. Jordan Henderson and Fabinho paired up for the second period as the champions fought back for a draw at Craven Cottage.

Klopp revealed that Matip could be fit enough to return against Spurs, but if not it could present a chance for either Rhys Williams or Nathaniel Phillips.

Diogo Jota will miss two months of action after picking up an injury in the Champions League last week.

He joins Virgil van Dijk, Thiago, Joe Gomez, James Milner, Xherdan Shaqiri, and Naby Keita on Liverpool's extensive injury list.

With Jota unavailable, expect a front three of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, and Sadio Mane.

For Tottenham, Gareth Bale missed the weekend match against Palace due to illness but is expected to be available from the bench again for the game at Anfield.

Erik Lamela is the only senior player expected to miss out for Spurs, with Mourinho having a lot more players at his disposal than Klopp for the match on Wednesday.

Star duo Heung-min Son and Harry Kane will start after once again linking up effectively against Crystal Palace, with Kane on the receiving end of an assist on this occasion.

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