Spurs vs Liverpool: Premier League match preview, predicted lineups, form quotes, injuries and how to watch

After dramatic wins against Bournemouth and Marseille, Spurs face a Liverpool side looking to bounce back after a surprising league defeat at home to Leeds last time out.

By James Descombes Published: 5 November 2022 - 7.07pm

When and where to watch Tottenham vs Liverpool

Spurs host Liverpool on Sunday 6 November. The match kicks off at 4.30pm.

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Tottenham vs Liverpool match preview

Despite Spurs sitting third in the league, Antonio Conte and his side have faced criticism for their negative apprach to matches. 

It seems Spurs need to go behind in a match to start playing on the front foot. In their mid-week match against Marseille, Spurs needed to win to ensure qualification to the knockout stages of the Champions League. 

After going 1-0 down in a hostile atmopshere, Spurs started to play their best football, winning the match and winning their group with the last kick of the match. 

And last weekend Spurs went 2-0 behind before battling back to beat Bournemouth. There's a feeling that if Spurs started matches more positively, it would all be a lot easier.

Plus, battling back against Bournemouth and Marseille is one thing, but it's a whole different story against tougher teams. 

That said, Spurs' resolve and never-say-die attitude is commendable and that fighting spirit might just see them over the line against an under-par Liverpool side.

The Reds recorded an impressive victory over Napoli in mid-week. The Italian side are top of Serie A and ultimately won their Champions League group ahead of Liverpool, so it really was a notable win for Jurgen Klopp's men. 

But in the Premier League Liverpool just can't find consistency. Despite recently beating Manchester City, they've lost their last two matches against Nottingham Forest and Leeds.

Interestingly, coming into this weekend's games, only Southampton and West Ham (9) have conceded the first goal more often than Liverpool (8) in the Premier League this season.

But against a Spurs team who often waits until after the break to get going, it's anyone's guess who'll take the initiative in North London. 

Tottenham vs Liverpool predicted teams

Spurs: (3-5-2) Lloris; Royal, Lenglet, Dier, Davies, Perisic, Bentancur, Hojbjerg, Bissouma, Lucas, Kane.

Liverpool: (4-1-3-2) Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson, Elliott, Fabinho, Thiago, Nunez, Salah, Firmino

Tottenham vs Liverpool: Injuries and suspensions

Both sides suffered head injuries to players in their mid-week Champions League matches.

For Spurs it was Heung-min Son who had to come off after a clash of heads. The South Korean was visibly shaken as he walked off the pitch and it has since been confirmed that he'll need surgery on a fracture around his eye - a procedure that could see him miss the World Cup. 

Son joins other important players missing for Spurs this weekend, such as Cristian Romero and Richarlison. 

However, there is an outside chance that Dejan Kulusevski could be back in the starting line-up. 

For Liverpool, it was James Milner who misses out with a head injury sustained against Napoli. 

Jurgen Klopp confirmed: "Millie is not available. When you go through concussion protocol, you're not available for the next game.

"You have to go through different stages. He's fine but that's how it is. Rightly. You have to go through different stages so he's available for non-contact training on Monday and full contact training on Tuesday if everything goes well. That's what we expect."

Other absentees for Liverpool include Joel Matip, Naby Keita, Diogo Jota, Luis Diaz and Arthur. However, Jordan Henderson is available for the visit to Tottenham on Sunday after missing the Napoli match. 

heung-min son injured for Spurs
Heung-min Son faces a race against time to be fit in time for the World Cup

Tottenham vs Liverpool: Form guide

After back-to-back defeats to Manchester United and Newcastle, and a dramtic and disappointing point against Sporting in the Champions League, Tottenham fired back with hard-fought wins against Bournemouth and Marseille. 

In each of those matches Spurs started sluggishly, only coming to life in the second half of matches after going behind. 

However, Antonio Conte's men do deserve credit for turning games around and never giving in. That will and determination was there for everyone to see on Tuesday night when Spurs came from behind in Marseille to win the match and top their group with the last kick of the match - a stunning Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg strike. 

Inconsistency remains the key concern for Jurgen Klopp and his Liverpool side. 

After good wins over Manchester City and West Ham, the Reds lost to bottom-of-the-table Nottingham Forest and a third from bottom Leeds side that had lost four in a row.

Then in mid-week Liverpool beat Napoli, who currently sit top of Serie A and won their Champions League group. 

So who knows what Liverpool side will turn up at Spurs on Sunday?!

He said what?!

Jurgen Klopp ahead of Liverpool's visit to North London: 

"It's a big game for us and a difficult one as well. 

"It's Spurs away — I haven't counted the points difference — but we cannot be picky with opponents. We've got to go for it but it's difficult.

"They defend at an extremely high level and counterattacking is a massive thing for them. Offensive power as well. 

"Spurs have good moments and their last game was a really big one so we're prepared for a confident and strong opponent."

Darwin Nunez
Liverpool lost to Leeds at the weekend but won in mid-week against Napoli

Tottenham vs Liverpool: Last time they met

Both matches between Spurs and Liverpool ended all square last season. 

The last time they met was at Anfield in May earlier this year, with Liverpool chasing the title and Spurs fighting for the top four. 

Heung-min Son gave Spurs the lead before Luis Diaz levelled for the Reds. 

It was an eventful match when these two met at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium too, in December 2021. 

The match ended 2-2 with Harry Kane and Son scoring for Spurs, while Diogo Jota and Andy Robertson scored for the visitors. 

Harry Kane was perhaps a little fortunate to escape a red card after a challenge on Robertson, while both sides had penalty shouts turned down. 

Tottenham vs Liverpool: Players to watch

With injuries to key players, Spurs may have to adapt their shape and formation. 

Yves Bissouma could come in and allow Rodrigo Bentancur and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg to push on, therefore playing a vital role in protecting the back line and linking defence and attack. 

Lucas Moura could also get a rare start in the Premier League alongside Harry Kane, although he'll need to pass a late fitness test, as will Dejan Kulusevski.

Son and Kane can be a devestating combination, so Lucas or Kulusevski will have to step up against Liverpool and provide a goal threat in the absense of the South Korean. 

Defensively, Clement Lenglet is likely to step in for Cristian Romero. The Frenchman has played most of his football for Spurs in the Champions League and scored his first goal for the club against Marseille on Tuesday. Can he continue his good form in the Premier League? 

And while Spurs fearsome front three of Kane, Son and Kulusevski/Richarlison has been severely disrupted, Liverpool's trio of Nunez, Salah and Firmino can be devestating and could prove the difference at the weekend. 

Tottenham vs Liverpool: Key stats

  • Tottenham are winless in their last nine Premier League games against Liverpool (D3 L6), since a 4-1 win in October 2017. Only once in their league history have they gone 10 without a win against the Reds, doing so between 1971 and 1976 (D3 L7). 
  • Liverpool have only failed to score in one of their last 20 Premier League meetings with Tottenham (0-0 in October 2015), while they’ve lost just one of their last 19 against Spurs (D6 L12). 
  • Spurs have won more points from losing positions than any other side in the Premier League this season (10), coming from 2-0 down to beat Bournemouth last time out. Since Antonio Conte took charge, only Liverpool themselves (24) have gained more points from behind than Spurs (21), with this game almost a year to the day since the Italian's first league game at the helm (0-0 vs Everton, 7th November 2021).
  • Coming into this weekend's games, only Southampton and West Ham (9) have conceded the first goal more often than Liverpool (8) in the Premier League this season.
  • Just one of Tottenham's last 35 home league games has been drawn (W24 L10) – 2-2 against Liverpool in December last season.
  • Liverpool have had more shots than any other side in the Premier League this season (212). However, their shot conversion rate of 10.9% is their lowest across a single campaign since 2015-16 (10%). 
  • Hugo Lloris has appeared in each of Tottenham's last 99 Premier League games, the longest current run of all players in the division. He could become just the second player to feature in 100 consecutive Premier League games exclusively for Spurs, after Ian Walker (105 between November 1994 and May 1997).