LIV vs TOT Dream11 Team Prediction: Liverpool face-off with Tottenham in a top of the table clash at Anfield in the Premier League. Tottenham slumped to a poor 1-1 draw to Crystal Palace after a very impressive showing from Vicente Guaita and Liverpool failed to capitalize on this by drawing with the same scoreline away to Fulham. This sees Spurs in first place and Liverpool in second with 25 points each. Spurs’ superior goal difference is the only separating factor in the Premier League table. Both teams have been excellent this season and have only one loss so far in the form of Spurs’ 1-0 loss to Everton and Liverpool’s embarrassing 7-2 loss to Aston Villa. The winner of this fixture can go 3-points clear in the table and start their title bid on a firm base. The respective managers, Jose Mourinho and Jurgen Klopp have been in this situation before and are big names which make this game even more interesting.
Liverpool vs Tottenham Hotspur, Premier League
17th December, 1:30 am (IST)
Liverpool – DWWDD
Tottenham – DDWWD
Head-to-head (last five meetings): Liverpool have the undisputed upper hand in this game with 5 victories in their last 5 games against Spurs.
Last meeting: Tottenham 1-0 Liverpool (Premier League, 11th January 2020)
Live Streaming: Star Sports Select Network, Disney + Hotstar
LIV vs TOT Prediction, Team News, Starting XI
A) Liverpool Team News
Injury Report, Unavailability: The Reds have a very worrying injury list with in-form forward, Diogo Jota, adding to Klopp’s woes. He joins James Milner, Joe Gomez, Kostas Tsimikas, Naby Keita, Thiago Alcantara, Virgil van Dijk, Xherdan Shaqiri at the treatment table.
Doubtful: Joel Matip had to be substituted off against Fulham but should be fit enough to start against Spurs.
Expected changes: Given Klopp’s injury troubles, the lineup writes itself. Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane will be available to form the front three. Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum and Curtis Jones will start in midfield and the defence will see Trent Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Fabinho and Andy Robertson form the back 4. Allison Becker has returned and will continue to start in goal.
Liverpool Starting XI (probable):
Allison Becker (GK)
B) Tottenham Team News
Injury Report, Unavailability: Spurs have two long-term absentees in the form of Japhet Tanganga and Erik Lamela who are both injured.
Doubtful: Gareth Bale missed the Crystal Palace game with an illness and it remains to be seen if he gets a start in the LIV vs TOT Dream 11 Prediction. He might be used as an impact substitution later on in the game.
Expected changes: Jose Mourinho is likely to start with the same lineup that faced Crystal Palace over the weekend. Hugo Lloris will most definitely start in goal, behind Serge Aurier, Toby Alderweireld, Eric Dier and Sergio Reguilon. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Moussa Sissoko have been impressive in their double pivot and will start, behind Steven Bergwijn, Tanguy Ndombele and Heung-Min Son. Giovani Lo Celso will be eyeing that number 10 spot and will look to give Mourinho a decision to make. The in-form, Harry Kane, will continue to spearhead the attack.
Tottenham Starting XI (probable):
Hugo Lloris (GK)
LIV vs TOT Today Match Prediction: Despite what seems like a close game, Liverpool will be the favourites for this game given their current run of form and their home record. Liverpool is unbeaten at Anfield for almost 3 seasons now and beating them will be a very difficult task. Although, if there is anyone who knows how to squeeze out a result, it’s Jose Mourinho. He will instruct them to sit-back and Spurs will be comfortable off the ball, looking to break Liverpool’s compromised defence on the counter-attacks. The LIV vs TOT Today Match Prediction will be a crucial one as the winner gets a 3-point lead over the other side, however, it won't be a surprise if Spurs set up for a draw.
Captain Options –
Harry Kane – With 10 goals and 12 assists in just 13 starts in all competitions, Harry Kane is excellent form. He also averages 1 goal contribution every 53.8 minutes. He has also created a massive 39 goal-scoring chances with 13 successful dribbles. He also has 2 goals and 2 assists in his last 3 appearances.
Mohamed Salah – Despite being ruled out for a while because of his positive Covid-19 test, Mohamed Salah has 13 goals and 3 assists in 16 starts in all competitions. The Egyptian also has 3 goals and 2 assists in his last 5 games for the club. Salah also has 32 goal-scoring chances created with a pass accuracy of 83%, 25 successful dribbles and 25 shots on target.
Heung-Min Son – Harry Kane has maintained a wonderful partnership with Heung-Min Son with 12 goals and 5 assists so far. The South Korean has a pass accuracy of 83% and only 6 shots on target not finding the back of the net. He has also put in 14 accurate crosses which will serve Harry Kane very well. Son and Kane have combined to score 12 goals this season which will be a thorn in Liverpool’s defence.
Differential Picks –
Andy Robertson – The left-back has been a tireless servant to the club over the last couple of seasons. He also rose to the occasion in the absence of van Dijk, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez. He has completed 13 successful dribbles, with a pass accuracy of 29 goal-scoring chances created. Robertson has also whipped in 24 accurate crosses with an average pass accuracy of 82%.
Sergio Reguilon – Spurs’ left-back is not too bad himself, with Reguilon creating 9 goal-scoring chances and an 80% tackle success rate. The Spanish international has 36 clearances with 11 interceptions as well. The youngster will stand-out if he keeps Liverpool’s relentless frontline at bay which will make a statement for him.
Georginio Wijnaldum – Wijnaldum has been great for Liverpool, both offensively and defensively. He has a very impressive pass accuracy of 92% with 14 dribbles succeeded at a 77% success rate. His ability to keep and move the ball in and around the midfield will be very important against a skilled Spurs midfield.