With Leicester sitting pretty at the top of the league… (I still have to pause when thinking about that) and not playing until they host Southampton on Sunday, the players and staff will have a keen eye on the late kick off today, with Spurs, Leicester’s closest rivals, facing a daunting trip to Liverpool.
Anfield may not seem like the most daunting of venues this season with Liverpool only winning five home fixtures out of 13 so far this season, but Spurs have a terrible record against the men in red.
Spurs have only beaten Liverpool once at Anfield since November 1998. Since that time the club have played 17 times with Liverpool winning 12 times, the sides drawing four times and Spurs solo victory a 2-0 in the 2010/2011 season. This season things should be very different however, with Liverpool coming off a crushing comeback defeat to Southampton before the international break.
Spurs on the other hand are the only team that appear to want to challenge Leicester at the summit.
Tottenham have played some scintillating football this season and look exceptional going forward. With Dele Alli and Harry Kane being stand-out performers at the front end of the pitch and the best defence in the league, Spurs look a better side under Pochettino in his first year than they ever did under Harry Redknapp. While ‘Arry’ had them playing exciting football, Pochettino has organized the team to be solid in defence but still carry a weighty threat going forward.
Liverpool on the other hand, have been very inconsistent this year and have looked more than shakey in defence. Unable to find a defensive pair that can put a string of good games together, Liverpool are teetering on mid table stagnation unless they can get it together before the end of the season.
Klopp may already be planning for next season but the Anfield faithful are still silently dreaming of the Top Four. Spurs have all but secured Top Four and will be wishing for more.
So, should Tottenham truly have aspirations of winning the league this year, they will have to do what they have struggled to do over and over again, win at Anfield.