So from that perspective, the Reds are right where they need to be heading into February, sitting third in the standings on goal difference and two points clear of fifth-placed Spurs in what has now become a five-horse race for the top four. But this season, in 19 games between the top six, only four victories for the away team.
"Yet, I watched Van Dijk against powerful centre-forwards during his time at Southampton, and he is much cleverer than Jones or Smalling, knowing when to challenge the striker".
These stats, as well as the fact Liverpool and Tottenham have the worst defensive records of the current top five, all lead to one conclusion: Sunday's Anfield encounter will have goals, and goals galore, the only question remaining is, whose top scorer will walk away with the crown, both this weekend and come the end of the Premier League campaign. If I don't provide the fair competition because we sign some player who is Messi or Cristiano or I don't know, if not then they need to compete. In quotes to the Evening Standard, Kane thinks that Moura could be a very important member of Tottenham's squad going forward.
Winks established himself as a first-team regular prior to his injury and his performances for Spurs this season helped him earn his England debut against Lithuania in a World Cup qualifier in October.
Liverpool are third in the league with 50 points from 25 games, 18 points behind runaway league leaders Manchester City. It was an outstanding display of hold-up play, the type of thing Teddy Sheringham used to do for Tottenham, usually from a more withdrawn position.
"They have to start a lot stronger and will want to make amends for that 4-1 loss". They are just a good side and they are still together.
Let's hope it's not another repeat and more of the players edge closer to automatic bans.
Spurs, however, will mostly bank on hitman Harry Kane who is once again the front-runner to win the Premier League golden boot award with 21 league goals already in his name. Both managers demand high intensity, high pressing football, so don't expect to see either team sit back and defend.
"But the gap is only two points". But also in terms of the atmosphere around the club after recent results, that game is probably worth more than three points. When he is not able to score from open play, he demands spot kicks and converts them.
Given how this season has panned out, the chances are Liverpool will endure another trophyless season, and Hamann - who represented the Reds between 1999 and 2006 - feels Klopp must win a trophy next season or he must step down as he promised on arrival.
Instead, they just had one more reason to have a go at their old rivals. His xG per 90 minutes and xA per 90 minutes add up to 1.05, meaning he is sure to contribute a goal every 90 minutes.