Pre-Match | Tottenham vs Liverpool | PL Matchday 22 | Saturday January 11th 17:30h | Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

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GermanRed

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After the midweek break we’ll visit Mourinhos Spurs.

Only question in terms of the lineup is who from Ox or Lallana will take the third spot in midfield next to Hendo and Gini.

Alisson
TAA Gomez VvD Roberts
Henderson Lallana Wijnaldum
Salah Firmino Mané​

Y.N.W.A.
 

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I am seeing some people saying they will take a point from this game and I dont understand this mentality.Why anyone will be okay with dropping 2 points against a mid table side.Just because they are named Tottenham and their coach is Mourinho doesnt mean they are top side.
 

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They looked poor today. Long time until the match though, so no idea who will be available and who won't.

It's technically not a must win for me and I can see José parking his bus and frustrating a draw out of us, which won't be the end of the world.

On the other hand, we're better than we were in June and they're worse than they were in June, so no reason not to just beat them.
 

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I am seeing some people saying they will take a point from this game and I dont understand this mentality.Why anyone will be okay with dropping 2 points against a mid table side.Just because they are named Tottenham and their coach is Mourinho doesnt mean they are top side.
I can't speak for anyone else, but looking for the 13 wins we need, the most likely places to find them are easy to see, hence anything else a draw being 'okay'. Though I'm sure most of us believe we can beat anybody at this point.
  • Tottenham Hotspur (A)
  • Manchester United (H)
  • Wolverhampton Wanderers (A)
  • West Ham United (A)
  • Southampton (H)
  • Norwich City (A)
  • West Ham United (H)
  • Watford (A)
  • Bournemouth (H)
  • Everton (A)
  • Crystal Palace (H)
  • Manchester City (A)
  • Aston Villa (H)
  • Brighton & Hove Albion (A)
  • Burnley (H)
  • Arsenal (A)
  • Chelsea (H)
  • Newcastle United (A)
 

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I can't speak for anyone else, but looking for the 13 wins we need, the most likely places to find them are easy to see, hence anything else a draw being 'okay'. Though I'm sure most of us believe we can beat anybody at this point.
  • Tottenham Hotspur (A)
  • Manchester United (H)
  • Wolverhampton Wanderers (A)
  • West Ham United (A)
  • Southampton (H)
  • Norwich City (A)
  • West Ham United (H)
  • Watford (A)
  • Bournemouth (H)
  • Everton (A)
  • Crystal Palace (H)
  • Manchester City (A)
  • Aston Villa (H)
  • Brighton & Hove Albion (A)
  • Burnley (H)
  • Arsenal (A)
  • Chelsea (H)
  • Newcastle United (A)
If I catch your drift you think the bold games are the ones we won't win? I think the relegation fighters we play will offer more threat.
 

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If I catch your drift you think the bold games are the ones we won't win? I think the relegation fighters we play will offer more threat.
No, please don't misunderstand. I don't for a second think we won't win those, but those are the teams that should be pushing us. While we are capable of beating City, we should definitely be capable of beating Norwich.
 

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Watford were dangerous at Anfield and a Wolves will want to respond to the earlier game too. Player management is key and I think some players today held their hands up but we can't afford wholesale changes against anyone at this stage of the season. Adrian kept us in the game today when we could have been 3 down at half time
 

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He cant park the bus with the 2 pensioners Toby and Jan.Given that Spurs played majority of their starting 11 and we rested ours we should be beating them.
2 poor defenders at full back, a crap keeper and poor defensive midfielders.

We're not going to struggle to score against these, surely.
Yes. And I agree. But part of me still hasn’t forgotten Jose and his injury ravaged weakened team that stopped us in 2014.
I know we are a different beast now but that’s one demon I want exorcised. I won’t underestimate Jose. But I do agree, they are there for the taking.
 

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No, please don't misunderstand. I don't for a second think we won't win those, but those are the teams that should be pushing us. While we are capable of beating City, we should definitely be capable of beating Norwich.
That's a relief! Yes we are capable of beating any team. Norwich, Burnley Watford Bournemouth will be fighting for something they can't put off for an easier game though.
 

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"I don't want any messages saying we're 'holding our position.' We're not holding a goddamned thing. We're advancing constantly and we're not interested in holding anything except the enemy's balls. We're going to hold them by their balls and we're going to kick them in the ass; twist their balls and kick the living shit out of them all the time. Our plan of operation is to advance and keep on advancing. We're going to go through the enemy like shit through a tinhorn."

- George S. Patton.
 

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I can't speak for anyone else, but looking for the 13 wins we need, the most likely places to find them are easy to see, hence anything else a draw being 'okay'. Though I'm sure most of us believe we can beat anybody at this point.
  • Tottenham Hotspur (A)
  • Manchester United (H)
  • Wolverhampton Wanderers (A)
  • West Ham United (A)
  • Southampton (H)
  • Norwich City (A)
  • West Ham United (H)
  • Watford (A)
  • Bournemouth (H)
  • Everton (A)
  • Crystal Palace (H)
  • Manchester City (A)
  • Aston Villa (H)
  • Brighton & Hove Albion (A)
  • Burnley (H)
  • Arsenal (A)
  • Chelsea (H)
  • Newcastle United (A)
8 Home Fixtures which should result in easy wins considering Liverpool's record at Anfield. The likes of West Ham, Norwich,Watford,Brighton & Newcastle give us 5 away fixtures which should be winnable. Of course, we can throw this playbook out of the window by winning all the matches starting with Spurs next week.

The following set of three matches are probably the toughest three matches for liverpool as far as the set of opposition goes. Tottenham play better without harry kane than with harry kane and it's Mourinho who has the tendency to frustrate Liverpool. The advantage is that the senior team would be fit and ready to go. It's shaping up well for Liverpool. Need to see who's fit and who isn't come match day.
 

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They have no Kane. They are falling behind in their battle for 4th.
But Jose loves to bus park.
I don’t think this will be easy. Maybe 2-1 or even a draw.
2 poor defenders at full back, a crap keeper and poor defensive midfielders.

We're not going to struggle to score against these, surely.
Yes. And I agree. But part of me still hasn’t forgotten Jose and his injury ravaged weakened team that stopped us in 2014.
I know we are a different beast now but that’s one demon I want exorcised. I won’t underestimate Jose. But I do agree, they are there for the taking.
Worth noting that despite his desire to tighten up the defence and his use of more defensive formations, I think I recall seeing that this was the 8th of 12 fixtures total played in which Spurs under Mourinho gave up the first goal, and they have kept just one clean sheet (Burnley) under his direction. As much as we are a different beast, that Chelsea side in 2014 was a very different beast as well, their defence remained their foundation and they believed they could kill off games. Spurs palpably don't have that confidence in their own defensive prowess.

I do think that Mourinho will be working overtime to get the gamesmanship maximized. There will be multiple snipers on the roof taking down white shirts.
 
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Back 5 and front three are easy to predict. Midfield 3, Henderson for sure, Gini and Ox?

Tough game. I think we caught a break with thier main goal threat injured. Joe's bus parking, maybe.

0-3 because I'm addicted to Liverpool clean sheets and goals.
 
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