Published: Sun, February 04, 2018
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

Spurs boss Pochettino blames away record for title failure

Spurs boss Pochettino blames away record for title failure

Mauricio Pochettino will take heart from the fact that, while the league still has a fair bit of matches left, they could enter the top four if they manage to secure a win at Anfield.

Liverpool take on Tottenham this weekend - but who will start?

Liverpool's past three home games have produced 15 goals, so there's a fair chance we'll see some excitement on Sunday.

The hosts will be without Nathaniel Clyne, and both Adam Lallana and Ragnar Klavan are doubts for the game.

After resting his £75 million defender against Huddersfield, Virgil van Dijk is expected to be recalled into the starting line-up.

Loris Karius should continue in goal.

Spurs, though, have two players who will make runs in the opposite direction. Unlike when they lost heavily to Manchester City, they didn't have an unfortunate red card to blame their misfortunes on. In his stead, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain should get the nod.

Visitors Tottenham welcome Serge Aurier and Harry Winks back to their squad having overcome respective calf and ankle injuries to return to training this week.

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While the Brazilian is still to make his first team debut for the London-based team, Tottenham's Argentine manager insists that he won't create too much pressure on his new signing and will wait for him to adapt to his new surroundings.

Stylistically, Tottenham are a good fit for Liverpool: they keep a high line with plenty of space in behind, and if you can move the ball forward as quickly as Jurgen Klopp wants his teams to do, there are ample opportunities for the likes of Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino to spring the offside trap.

One look at the list of Premier League transfer spending for the 2017/18 season told a tale of the goings on at Anfield.

The game is scheduled for Sunday from 10:00 p.m. IST and will be telecast on Star Sports Select 1 and Select HD1 for the Indian viewers. Playing at Anfield offers an altogether different challenge, though, as history is not on Tottenham's side.

Big players often come up with clutch moments in big matches. [Virgil] Van Dijk, [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang. "We have to be ready for achieving the biggest thing".

Chelsea also suffered an embarrassing set-back in midweek, losing 3-0 at home to Bournemouth, sparking further media speculation about manager Antonio Conte's future and making Monday's trip to Watford all the more important.

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah and Tottenham's Harry Kane have bagged 40 league goals between them this season, with the Spurs striker having scored 21 times to lead the battle for the golden boot by two over Liverpool's Egypt global.

In attacking midfield, Dele Alli narrowly misses out to a Tottenham team-mate, while the departure of Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool to Barcelona helps considerably too.

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