Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur – Anfield – Premier League – Sunday 4:30pm
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MAURICIO POCHETTINO was delighted to see his Tottenham Hotspur side get back on track with a resounding 5-0 UEFA Champions League victory over Crvena Zvezda during the week. Nevertheless, the Spurs chief was fully aware that his side faced their toughest Premier League test of the season when they take on leaders Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday.
The Reds have won eight of their nine league outings to date – a 1-1 draw at old adversaries, Manchester United, the only blot on the copybook for Jurgen Klopp’s men. And that form led to Pochettino insisting that the Merseysiders will be favourites to lift their first title since 1990 come the end of the season.
“Yes, Liverpool is the favourites,” the Argentine admitted.
“Of course, it’s so early in the season but Liverpool and Manchester City are the clear favourites to win the title this season.”
Tottenham were beaten by Liverpool in last seasons Champions League final in Madrid. However, Klopp’s team have also made Anfield a fortress where they rarely drop points. But Pochettino thought his side wouldn’t need to be motivated in their own bid to claim success in the North West.
“In football, no manager or coaching staff is thinking to motivate,” he continued.
“When you play at this level if our job is to motivate the player something wrong is happening in the club or the team. More, we need to provide the tools for them to perform better or to prepare in a good way.
“But if someone needs to be motivated to play football we have a big. big problem. I don’t know if you agree or not but that is my point.”
Pochettino was able to reflect positively on Tottenham’s midweek display, adding: “It was nice to feel again the capacity to win and perform in the way we wanted to perform.
“We have a different competition ahead, in the Premier League but it was important to get the three points in the Champions League.
“Not only for the three points but to build our confidence again and start to grow in our performance. We are happy for that but we know very well it’s only a small step.”
Tottenham have no new injury issues. Goalkeeper, Hugo Lloris, remains sidelined after picking up a severe elbow injury during the defeat at Brighton.
Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur – Head to head:
Liverpool won: 83
Tottenham Hotspur won: 48
Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur – Last five meetings (all competitions):
October 22, 2017 – Premier League
Tottenham Hotspur 4-1 Liverpool
February 4, 2018 – Premier League
Liverpool 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur
September 15, 2018 – Premier League
Tottenham Hotspur 1-2 Liverpool
March 31, 2019 – Premier League
Liverpool 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur
June 1, 2019 – UEFA Champions League Final
Tottenham Hotspur 0-2 Liverpool
Jeevesie’s prediction: Liverpool 2-0 Tottenham Hotspur