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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Spurs v Liverpool, 17.10.15

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Full league history - Spurs v Liverpool:-

Premier     Pl   W   D   L   For-Ag  Pts
Home        23  11   5   7   32 -33  38
Away        23   2   6  15   21 -48  12
Total(Prem) 46  13  11  22   53 -81  50
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) 46  13  11  22   53 -81  50
Total(Div 1)98  28  24  46  109 -153 86
Grand Total 144 41  35  68  162 -232 136

Last Six Premier League results:-

Spurs      -    DDWWWW

Leicester  1-1   Spurs
Spurs      0-0   Everton
S'derland  0-1   Spurs
Spurs      1-0   C. Palace
Spurs      4-1   Man City
Swansea    2-2   Spurs

Liverpool  -    DLLDDWD

Arsenal    0-0   Liverpool
Liverpool  0-3   West Ham
Man Utd    3-1   Liverpool
Liverpool  1-1   Norwich
Liverpool  3-2   A. Villa
Everton    1-1   Liverpool

Pos            P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
 8. Spurs      8  3  4  1  11-7    4   13
10. Liverpool  8  3  3  2   8-10  -2   12

Can Spurs clip Klopp's heels?

After the second International break of the season, Spurs are confronted with "new manager syndrome" this Saturday, when Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool arrive at The Lane. Brendan Rodgers was sacked after Liverpool's 1-1 draw at Goodison Park two weeks ago, but the decision had already been made, with Klopp on the horizon for the Liverpool board.

Rodgers ultimately paid the price for too many draws this season in both domestic and European games, and cumulatively, perhaps for unwise spending of a lot of transfer money. When you think that Klopp was the man who brought Robert Lewandowski to Borussia Dortmund from Poland, and see where that player is now, perhaps that says it all about the ability of Klopp and his team to pick a player.

Luis Suarez was already a Liverpool player when Rodgers took over, and the Uruguayan had plenty to do with Liverpool's rare challenge for a Premier League title before controversy struck again, and he left for Barcelona.

Klopp had been taking a sabbatical from managerial duties, having stood down from the German club. In his first press conference after his appointment, Klopp said he wanted to bring "emotional, full-throttle football". Any supporter would welcome such a commitment, and would also love Klopp's desire to put a smile on the face of players and supporters.

Klopp also said, "....We will conquer the ball...........We will chase the ball. "We will run more. We will fight more......We will work more together, better together" and plenty more.

Should Spurs be afraid of this Liverpool? One advantage will be the fact that Klopp has not had much time to instil his philosophy in his squad, especially with the early Saturday kick off. It is only our ninth Premier League game of the season, but already our third 12.45 Saturday kick-off. Our first two such games brought good performances against the teams from Manchester. 0-1 at Old Trafford and that fantastic 4-1 home win three weeks ago against Man City. Perhaps Herr Klopp should be afraid of us! He will certainly show respect.

Spurs' head coach Mauricio Pochettino has this week been presented with the Barclays Premier Leagaue manager of the month award for September, when we won all three of our Premier league games, including that City win.

Ironically, and very sadly, Liverpool had a good record against us under Rodgers, winning their last five games, three of which were by big margins too. We managed to "only" lose 3-2 at Anfield in February, but last year's home game was lost 3-0.

Liverpool are only one point behind us going into the game, and if there is a winner a mark will be laid down for other top four challengers this week-end. This should be a tasty treat for TV viewers, and BT Sport have been rubbing their hands with glee at their good fortune in picking this game.

Spurs will feel confident for a number of reasons. Firstly they are unbeaten in the league since Day One, and then we even scored the opposition goal (Kyle Walker). Secondly, we have finished above them in five of the last six seasons. Spurs have absentee problems due to Eric Dier already being suspended after 5 league bookings, and Ryan Mason, Nabil Bentaleb and Heung-min Son not being fit for this game. I assume that Mousa Dembele will be playing in one of the two "defensive" midfield roles, although perhaps Pochettino will give Kevin Wimmer a game in this position.

The rest of the Spurs team virtually picks itself with Lloris; Walker, Alderweireld, Davies/Rose behind the "defensive two", which might include Dele Alli, and lamela, Eriksen, Chadli and Kane in front.

Klopp has his own selection problems with both Christian Benteke and Danny Ings injured. Ings suffered a knee injury in training this week, which will keep him out for the rest of the season, whilst Benteke's hamstring will keep him out for another week. 18 year old Joe Gomez, signed by Rodgers from Charlton, also has a cruciate knee injury and is likely to miss the rest of the season. New club captain Jordan Henderson is out for 5 more weeks, but Coutinho and Lovren should be available for selection. Daniel Sturridge, if fully fit, will be the obvious choice to play up front for the reds.

I think we will see an exciting and fairly open game, and I also think that Spurs will edge it 2-1. I cannot see it being scoreless. The home crowd could be crucial to us tomorrow. COME ON YOU SPURS!

Saturday's match referee will be Craig Pawson who will be in charge of a Spurs game for the seventh time. It is already the second time we have seen him this season, as Mr. Pawson was in charge for our away win over Sunderland.

Did you know? - This is the first time Liverpool have had a manager whose name rhymes with "Kop"?

Premier League results 10 years ago this week. Spurs were second and had their best start in 15 years.

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