Spurs’ title credentials face a stern test this Saturday evening. Pochettino takes his side to Merseyside to face a Europe chasing Liverpool side.
Spurs’ England internationals return to the squad fully fit and buoyant after seemingly booking their place on the plane to France. Dier, Alli and Kane in particular have been at the heart of Spurs title bid this season. Pochettino’s faith in youth has been admired my many in England since his successful stint with Southampton and it’s a strategy that has seen Spurs maintain their position within the title race.
Still the favorites for many, Pochettino’s men sit 5 points off Leicester and can only carry on winning and hope the Foxes slip up. In the remaining 7 games Spurs face Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea and finish the season with a trip to relegation fighting Newcastle on the last day of the season. A tough end to the season but Pochettino has transformed the squad into one of the most formidable in the country. Regardless of title success, Spurs have a team that, if kept intact, could go on to dominate the league for years to come.
Liverpool are still a side in transition. Under Klopp they have shown signs, especially going forward, of being a side capable to compete at the top. The recent Europa League victory over Manchester United has been the highlight of the Red’s season so far.
Still chasing Europe, Klopp will be determined to steer his side back on course following the disastrous defeat to Southampton prior to the international break. He will be able to call on James Milner who has completed his suspension and Alberto Moreno is also back from injury. However forwards Benteke, Firmino and Origi all look set to miss out.
Simultaneously, Spurs will be without Belgian defenders Alderweireld and Vertonghen. And Erik Lamela misses out after picking up a knock on international duty.
Both sides must keep chipping away if they are to achieve their respective goals. Back in October the sides produced a 0-0 draw at the Lane, with so much left to play for both sides will be after all three points.
Mignolet, Clyne, Lovren, Sakho, Moreno, Can, Henderson, Milner, Lallana, Coutinho, Sturridge.
Ward, Toure, Allen, Origi, Ibe, Skrtel, Smith.