Tottenham v Liverpool team news and stats

Date published: Friday 16th October 2015 2:52

Philippe Coutinho: Set to return for Liverpool against Crystal Palace

Philippe Coutinho: Set to return for Liverpool against Crystal Palace

Liverpool travel to White Hart Lane on Saturday lunchtime hoping to claim a sixth successive win over Tottenham for the first time in their history.

Team news

Tottenham are without three central midfielders as they prepare to welcome Liverpool for their first game under new boss Jurgen Klopp.

Ryan Mason (knee), Nabil Bentaleb (ankle) and Eric Dier (suspended) are all out, meaning Mousa Dembele or Tom Carroll could start alongside Dele Alli.

Summer signing Son Heung-min remains sidelined with a foot problem, while winger Alex Pritchard is also out with an injured ankle.

Cruciate knee ligament injuries to striker Danny Ings and defender Joe Gomez have further restricted the options available to Klopp.

The pair join captain Jordan Henderson (foot), Christian Benteke (hamstring), Roberto Firmino (back) on the unavailable list – although the latter two are expected to return to full training next week.

Playmaker Philippe Coutinho is fit again after a groin injury kept him out of Brazil’s recent internationals, while defender Dejan Lovren has also recovered from an ankle problem.

Kick-off on Saturday is 12.45pm.


Opta Stats

  • Spurs are the only Premier League team not to have lost since the opening weekend (W3 D4).
  • Liverpool have won five successive league games against Spurs for the first time since 1976; this is the 145th league clash between the sides but neither has ever won six in a row.
  • The last time Spurs lost six consecutive games against the same PL opponent was against Newcastle United between 2006 and 2008.
  • Gerard Houllier is the only Liverpool manager to win his first Premier League game in charge at the club (2-1 v Southampton in 1998, he was joint-manager with Roy Evans at the time).
  • Tottenham’s last five Premier League home defeats have all been by a one goal margin; the last team to win by more at White Hart Lane were Liverpool (3-0 in August 2014).
  • Since his Premier League debut in Sept 2013, Christian Eriksen has scored more direct free-kicks than any other player (6).
  • Liverpool have scored exactly once in eight of their last 11 league matches.
  • Daniel Sturridge scored three times in five PL games against Spurs before moving to Anfield but has failed to net in four appearances against them for the Reds.
  • The Reds have only won one of their last nine Premier League away games (D4 L4).
  • Roberto Firmino has had five shots in total in the Premier League and has hit the woodwork twice.

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