The season so far
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool have underwhelmed on the pitch but raised hopes of a league title challenge back in October after winning an opening fixture at Anfield against Manchester City — City are currently top. The German was derided for his “little men” approach then, but after three wins and just two defeats in their last nine league games, the prospect of matching City for the first time in the season’s history is rekindling. A further blot on their record — an FA Cup win at Wolves — made them the lowest-scoring team to enter the fifth round.
Liverpool (last 5 years, points per game): 7.71
Manchester City (last 5 years, points per game): 7.36
What’s at stake?
A second league title would put City six points clear of the chasing pack and effectively eliminate any further chinks in Liverpool’s armour. But having blown their chance of two trophies on home soil last season by being knocked out in the last eight of the Champions League, a loss to Spurs on Sunday would leave the Reds scrambling for something.
Five key statistics
Dejan Lovren has made 876 tackles and 79 interceptions (League).
Jurgen Klopp has won all three Premier League games against Mauricio Pochettino
Nathaniel Clyne’s recovery from a fractured right ankle has allowed Liverpool to add depth to a rearguard, with Virgil van Dijk top in total tackles (35) and tackles per game (1.88).
Roberto Firmino’s pace has given Liverpool a major advantage over their opponents
Saturday’s opponents have conceded the most shots per game, though for the most part, Liverpool have not been able to trouble them.
Premier League table
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