Tottenham vs Liverpool preview, team news, prediction, stats, kick-off time

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Image: Jordan Henderson is back available for Liverpool against Tottenham

Team news and stats ahead of Tottenham vs Liverpool in the Premier League on Thursday; kick-off 8pm.

Team news

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has hinted at injury problems ahead of his side's clash with Liverpool.

Mourinho, whose side beat Wycombe in the FA Cup on Monday, said he has more problems than just doubts over full-backs Ben Davies and Matt Doherty.

Giovani Lo Celso is still out with a hamstring injury, though he has returned to light training.

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Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho was impressed by Liverpool's 68-game unbeaten Premier League run at Anfield before it came to an end with defeat to Burnley

Jordan Henderson and Joel Matip are in contention for Liverpool on Thursday night.

The pair were missing for Sunday's FA Cup defeat to Manchester United but both returned to training on Tuesday.

Klopp reported no fresh injury concerns following the weekend defeat, though Naby Keita, Diogo Jota, Joe Gomez and Virgil Van Dijk remain long-term absentees.

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Jones Knows' prediction

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp during the warm up before the Emirates FA Cup fourth round match at Old Trafford, Manchester. Picture date: Sunday January 24, 2021. 1:19
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was encouraged by his side's performance in their 3-2 FA Cup defeat to Manchester United

Whenever Liverpool trade at odds-against in a Premier League match, my eyes light up.

Yes, four Premier League games without a goal does sound the alarm bells that perhaps we've seen the peak of Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool tenure and it's downhill from here. That is easily argued though, especially when looking at Liverpool's attacking metrics in their four-game goalless run. Klopp's men have lacked fluidity in the final third, granted, but the most important factor is that they're still getting into the areas that have made them such a force. Amazingly, they've registered 72 shots in those four games - only Manchester City have had more - and posted an expected goals figure of 5.72. All that is missing is the final finish. I'd be stunned if the goalless run continues in this one.

Even in defence, Liverpool aren't allowing many chances to the opposition. In that four-game run they've only faced 29 shots on their goal, just two more than Manchester City.

That equates to me that despite their alarming drop-off in results, the metrics bring forward the argument that fine margins aren't falling their way. If they stick to the process, then it's bound to turn. A price for an away win, which would normally be trading at 8/11, can be snapped up at 6/5. It's hard to ignore.

JONES KNOWS PREDICTS: 0-2 (7/1 with Sky Bet)

Pitch to Post Review - All 20 clubs analysed in half-term report

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A preview of matchweek 20 in the Premier League as Everton face Leicester and Liverpool travel to Tottenham

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Liverpool looked 'mentally tired' in their defeat to Burnley and manager Jurgen Klopp was right to try and rotate his squad for the match, according to former Reds defender Glen Johnson
  • Tottenham have lost their last five league matches against Liverpool - they have never lost six in a row against the Reds.
  • Liverpool are looking to win three consecutive away league matches against Spurs for the very first time, winning 2-1 in 2018/19 and 1-0 in 2019/20.
  • This is the first time Tottenham and Liverpool have ever met on a Thursday in the top-flight. Liverpool have beaten Spurs on each of the other six days of the week, and they could become the third team to beat them on all seven in top-flight history after Everton and West Ham.
  • Following their 2-0 win against Man City last season, Tottenham are looking to win consecutive home games against reigning Premier League champions for the first time since beating Manchester United in both 1999-00 and 2000-01.
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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Burnley's win against Liverpool in the Premier League
  • Only Man City have scored the opening goal in more different Premier League games than Tottenham this season. Spurs have lost none of their 12 games when scoring first but have dropped 10 points from such games (W7 D5).
  • Liverpool have picked up just one win in their last eight away Premier League games (D5 L2), netting as many goals in that one win - 7-0 vs Crystal Palace - as they have managed in their seven winless games in this run.
  • Despite facing Liverpool's Jürgen Klopp only eight times in the league, only against Pep Guardiola (five) has Spurs boss Jose Mourinho lost more games than he has against Klopp (four).
  • Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho has lost his last three league meetings with Liverpool, his longest losing run against an opponent in his top-flight managerial league career. He has only suffered back-to-back home league defeats against an opponent once, losing to Man City in 2016/17 and 2017/18 with Manchester United.
  • Liverpool's Roberto Firmino has scored in four of his last five Premier League matches against Spurs, scoring the winning goal in three of those four games, including in the reverse fixture earlier this season.
  • Tottenham striker Harry Kane is looking to score in four consecutive Premier League games for the first time since January 2019. Each of his last five league goals for Spurs have come in the first half of games.
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