Liverpool face Spurs test


Liverpool’s Premier League title hopes will be put to the test by Tottenham Hotspur when the teams meet in a crunch match at Anfield on Sunday, 31 March 2019, kick-off at 17h30 CAT.

Liverpool moved back to the top of the standings on March 17 when they defeated Fulham 2-1 away (with goals from Sadio Mane and James Milner), taking full advantage of Manchester City’s participation in the FA Cup (though Pep Guardiola’s side do now have a game in hand).

The Reds have some challenging Premier League matches coming up in the next few weeks and claiming all three points by whatever means necessary will be foremost in manager Jurgen Klopp’s mind.

While Mane’s brilliant form has carried the teams in recent times, Klopp will hope that Egyptian superstar Mohamed Salah (who was given the international break off by the Pharaohs) can return to peak performance after a much-needed rest.

As for Spurs, their Premier League form has been wretched in recent times. A 2-1 loss at Southampton on March 9 made it three defeats from four successive winless matches in the English top flight and there are genuine fears that the Lilywhites may battle to finish in the top four (they find themselves in a battle with the likes of Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea).

Manager Mauricio Pochettino will want a win over Liverpool, as much to send a message of Spurs’ ambitions as to bolster their hopes of having UEFA Champions League football next season.

In head-to-head stats, Liverpool and Spurs have met in 53 Premier League matches. The Reds have claimed 24 wins compared to 14 for Tottenham, while 15 games have been drawn.

The teams’ most recent Premier League meeting was at Wembley in September 2018, with Liverpool claiming a 2-1 away win thanks to goals from Georgino Wijnaldum and Roberto Firmino. Spurs have not won at Anfield since May 2011.

Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur – Head-to-head, Premier League

Matches played 53

Liverpool wins 24

Spurs wins 14

Draws 15

Last five results (Premier League only, most recent first)