For Tottenham, this is a match against a team they’ve replaced, pretty much, among the top 4 in the Premier League, including enjoying a successful record against for the past few seasons. For Liverpool, it’s probably the match of the season, with plenty of them left along the way before it’s over.
While Luis Suarez continues to speak about finishing among the top 4, Liverpool are currently 10 points away from a spot in the Champions League. Despite the irregular form of Chelsea, it’s hard to see Brendan Rodgers’ team being better than Chelsea and the rest of the teams above her (West Brom, Everton, Arsenal) by winning three-four more matches than them in the remaining 10 matches. Tottenham? That’s a chance for Liverpool to improve their position for the fifth spot, hopefully beating a team ranked above them for the first time this season, but not a battle to change places, not yet.
It’s hard to find a hotter team than Tottenham in all the land at the moment, except for Manchester United. They aren’t playing the best of football at the moment, but Gareth Bale is having one of those months and seasons when everything is coming together for him against anyone that stands in his way, including Inter (once again) in the Europa League.
But it’s been more than just Bale making Spurs so lethal in recent weeks. Aaron Lennon has been fantastic, Gylfi Sigurdsson is finally playing like he did for Swansea last season and Moussa Dembele is a force of nature in the middle of the park when he begins to push forward. Spurs have won four consecutive league matches, more than a few of them in the dramatic fashion.
For Liverpool, just like Tottenham, there has been more to the team than just Luis Suarez, currently leading the Premier League with 21 goals and looks quite happy since the January arrivals of Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho, quickly improving the attacking prowess of the team. Stewart Downing has playing well most of the time, while Steven Gerrard fluctuates in form, but has mostly been a rock in the middle of the pitch, not missing a single minute. Their scorelines of the last two matches do not tell the whole story, with their rivals being slightly weakened, but there’s no doubt their at their most confident of the season.
Prediction – Both teams are in great shape, and Spurs have their recent record against Liverpool (not losing to them since January 2010) to boost some confidence into the side. Still, Liverpool have looked very good since Sturridge arrived, and an attacking mindset from their manager and Glen Johnson getting sufficient help on Gareth Bale might be enough for a tight win, in a match that looks initially like a entertaining draw.