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Full league history - Spurs v Liverpool:-

Premier     Pl   W   D   L   For-Ag  Pts
Home        27  12   7   8   38 -37  43
Away        28   2   8  18   26 -57  14
Total(Prem) 55  14  15  26   64 -94  57
Football Lge
Home(Div 1) 49  24  10  15   71 -58  62
Away(Div 1) 49   4  14  31   38 -95  24
Total(Div 1)98  28  24  46  109 -153 86
Total(Prem) 55  14  15  26   64 -94  57
Total(Div 1)98  28  24  46  109 -153 86
Grand Total 153 42  39  72  173 -245 143

Last Six Premier League results:-

Spurs      -    WWLWDL
Spurs      5-0    Burnley
Wolves     1-2    Spurs
Spurs      0-2    Chelsea
Spurs      2-1    Brighton
Norwich    2-2    Spurs
S'hampton  1-0    Spurs

Liverpool  -    WWWWWW

Liverpool  5-2    Everton
B'mouth    0-3    Liverpool
Liverpool  2-0    Watford
Leicester  0-4    Liverpool
Liverpool  1-0    Wolves
Liverpool  2-0    Sheff Utd

Pos            P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
 1. Liverpool 20 19  1  0  49-14  35   58
 6. Spurs     21  8  6  7  36-30   6   30

Are there any grounds for optimism?

It's the first game of the New Year and a new decade at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and we have a mouth-watering Saturday tea-time televised game against Liverpool. Are there any grounds for optimism for Spurs fans? Probably not, but we will be at the "New White Hart Lane" in droves to see what happens.

Last year Liverpool finished runners-up to Manchester City just one point behind with a massive 97 points. That was the third highest points tally in Premier League history and only behind City's 98 points last year and the phenomenal 100 point total of 2017-18. In THAT season, Spurs finished above Liverpool with 77 points. Now it seems we have to say those were the days, and at this time you have to wonder when and if such times will return for Spurs. Such is the depression around our team at the moment.

According to enfa.co.uk Spurs are nowhere to be seen in their tables of the top ten performing teams (in all divisions and in all competitions) for 2019. Liverpool were not in that list in 2017, but have been runners-up to Manchester City for the last two years. Spurs were third in the list in 2017 and 2018. Teams from the Premier league who performed better than us in 2019 also included Chelsea, Leicester, Wolves, Manchester United and even promoted Sheffield United. There's another illustration of how badly we have fallen.

This time last year, after 21 games, Jurgen Klopp's men lost 2-1 away to their title rivals, and despite that loss, the "Reds" were still four points clear of City. Although that defeat on 3rd January 2019 was Liverpool's last Premier League defeat, they lost the Premier League because they drew 4 out of 6 games played between late January and early March. Guardiola's side won every single one of their last 19 league games, beginning with an away win at Southampton before they beat Liverpool. The one game that City lost in the remainder of last season was the first leg of our Champions League quarter-final. What a night that was!

Of course we hoped for a fantastic night when we met Liverpool in the Champions League Final, but that was not to be. I have a theory that both players and manager were more deeply psychologically affected by that defeat than has been recognised. As a club we certainly need to break ourselves out of the stupor that exists to this day. This game would be a wonderful time to make a start!

Liverpool basically surrendered their place in the Carabao Cup while competing in and winning the World Club Cup, but last week their youngsters (blended with a little experience) even beat Everton in the FA Cup. In their two PL2 meetings this season Spurs U-23s beat Liverpool sides (which did include some of the players heralded last week) 4-0. Spurs also beat Liverpool 4-2 in this season's Youth Cup 3rd Round match in December, but the only Liverpool player who was involved in that game and last week was substitute Ki-Jana Hoever.

Those visiting all-bonus-codes.co.uk for a punt on this game will be looking at various options, and not just the condiderable odds on Spurs winning this game. We will of course be facing Liverpool's strongest available side tomorrow, but without Kane, Sissoko, Lloris, Rose, Davies and presumably Tanguy Ndombele, whose personal fitness levels and issues remain something of a mystery. This could be a day for a Mourinho back six, but even that may not be strong enough against the Liverpool machine.

Grounds for optimism? We only lost this season's away game 2-1. We even had the lead after only one minute. Harry Kane scored that goal which was his 174th club goal, drawing level with Martin Chivers in third place on our all-time scorers' list. Harry now has 181 club goals, but we won't see his 182nd for a while yet. Son made that Kane goal with a shot that rebounded off the bar, and we will need "Sonny" to hit top form tomorrow.

Here is a perverse ground for optimism. My ability to predict Premier League results has taken a severe downturn this season. In predicting a 3-1 defeat tomorrow, I am confident that I will be wrong! I'll take Son to score our goal.

This is a high-profile televised game and we have top rated officials on and off the pitch. Martin Atkinson will be the man in the middle, whilst Andre Marriner is the fourth official. Craig Pawson in the VAR. Martin Atkinson has been in the middle for 18 Premier league games this season, but this will be his first Spurs home game. We saw him at Arsenal and Everton. Let's face it, we are not likely we will register our first win of the season with Mr. Atkinson in charge tomorrow.

"Ten Years After" - Spurs Odyssey reviews the season in which we first qualified for the Champions League. We only managed a 0-0 home draw against Hull on 16th January 2010.

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