The Reds need a win to keep pace with Premier League leaders, Manchester City. A COVID-hit Tottenham will be seeking three points to stay in the race for the Champions League places.
Tottenham Hotspur return to the pitch for the first time in a fortnight on Sunday when they welcome title-chasing Liverpool to North London, in the most exciting fixture of a COVID-ravaged English Premier League (EPL) weekend.
Ahead of this matchup, Liverpool are second in the EPL, on 40 points, 1 behind leaders, Manchester City. Meanwhile, Spurs sit in 7th with 25 points, but with games in hand over all the sides above them.
Tottenham’s coronavirus problems are not over yet, and boss, Antonio Conte could still be without as many as six players on Sunday because of the virus.
Son Heung-min is one of those understood to be affected and therefore unavailable for Liverpool’s visit, while Emerson Royal, Lucas Moura, Oliver Skipp, Bryan Gil, and Dane Scarlett will all be assessed having tested positive.
Harry Kane, who has scored just once in his last six games against Liverpool, will play as striker, as he goes looking for his first EPL goal for more than two months and only his second of the campaign.
For Liverpool, Mohamed’s goal in the last game against Newcastle was his 15th of the season already and the Egyptian could make history this weekend.
If he scores or assists at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, the forward would become the first ever player to be directly involved in at least one goal in 16 successive EPL matches.
Liverpool are awaiting final confirmation regarding the “suspected” positive tests of Virgil Van Dijk, Fabinho and Curtis Jones, but all three are expected to miss this clash.
Manager, Jürgen Klopp, may view Wednesday’s EFL Cup tie with Leicester as a better opportunity to shuffle his pack, meaning that changes for Sunday’s game may be kept to a minimum.
Absentees in both camps makes this a difficult match to call. However, we are going for a 3-1 Liverpool victory, with the Reds scoring twice in the first half.
Tottenham Hotspur possible starting XI:
Lloris; Sánchez, Dier, Davies; Tanganga, Ndombele, Højbjerg, Reguilón; Lo Celso; Kane, Bergwijn
Liverpool possible starting XI:
Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Konaté, Robertson; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Henderson, Thiago; Salah, Jota, Mané