Spurs face a tough trip to Anfield where they hope to keep pace with table toppers Leicester.
This has the makings of a pivotal game in Tottenham’s season. Win, and they overcome a very difficult challenge and keep touch with Leicester. Lose, and they may well slip eight points adrift of top spot.
The English core of Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Eric Dier have been immense this season and White Hart Lane is almost guaranteed to host Champions League football next season for the first time since 2011.
Anfield will certainly be ready for Mauricio Pochettino’s men. Before Liverpool’s dramatic loss to Southampton last time out, they had looked rejuvenated by beating both halves of Manchester.
Visiting boss Jurgen Klopp has certainly stamped his personality on the team and with Daniel Sturridge back fit, they can really prepare for next season with only the faint hope of European football.
Spurs will be thankful none of their key players were injured while on international duty.
Both Eric Lamela and Toby Alderweireld may well recover from a muscular injury and illness respectively to make the team this weekend.
However, the Lilywhites still have Jan Vertonghen (knee), Nabil Bentaleb (knee) and Clinton N’Jie (knee) out.
Klopp faces fresh injury concerns with Roberto Firmino and Christian Benteke unlikely to feature in this weekend’s clash. Both players returned home early from international duty and have not trained this week.
Divock Origi has returned to training though and is likely to be in contention for the tie. Liverpool still have long-term absentees in Danny Ings (knee) and Joe Gomez (knee).
League Positions: Liverpool – 9th (44 pts); Tottenham – 2nd (61 pts)
Form: Liverpool – LDWWWL; Tottenham – WWLDWW
Previous Meeting: Tottenham 0-0 Liverpool – October 17, 2015; Premier League
Key Players: Liverpool – Adam Lallana; Tottenham – Harry Kane
Shoot Says: Liverpool 1-2 Tottenham