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Finally! After what seems like an absolute age, Jürgen Klopp steps out for his first match as Liverpool manager on Saturday against Spurs. I have no idea who he’s going to pick in his starting XI and I’m not sure after assessing training and injuries what sort of set up he’s going to go for so this match preview may not be the most useful this week!
Injuries for Liverpool have taken a turn for the worse as we lost both Gomez and Ings long term this week. It’s really frustrating because both players could have had a big presence under Klopp, here’s to speedy recoveries. Also confirmed as unavailable by the boss are Firmino and Benteke.
For Spurs, They have a few names on their injury list with the likes of Mason, Heung-min, Bentaleb and Pritchard all out. Pochettino however has gained some good news with the return of Danny Rose.
The last time the two sides met was in February this year, I specifically remember this game because Balotelli netted the winner and I chucked my cider all over the pub haha! The game ended 3-2 with Steven Gerrard and Lazar Markovic completing the scoreline for the Reds. Interesting to note that all three players have now either left or are out on loan.
Our last visit to White Hart Lane in August 2014 was also a good result as the game ended 3-0. I specifically remember this game n’all because I won £25 on Moreno last goalscorer! Historically Liverpool’s trips to Spurs haven’t ended very well however Klopp must take inspiration from our most recent results at the ground.
• The Reds have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last eight matches in all comps.
• Spurs are the only team in the league left who remain unbeaten from the opening weekend.
• The last Liverpool manager to win their first game in charge was Gerard Houllier.
I am so, so excited for this game, I’m not expecting to win because I think it’s dangerous to make that presumption, especially the way Spurs are playing and with the injuries we have but it’s just nice to feel excited about a match for a change.
Under Brendan Rodgers I just found myself constantly pissed off, I tried desperately towards the end to get behind him but I just couldn’t. Now we have Jürgen Klopp, I don’t think you’ll find any fan who isn’t counting down the hours until kick off.
I asked you for your score predictions and here are a few of the tweets I received:
Enjoy the match folks, wherever you are watching!
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I’d really appreciate it, cheers!
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Source: The Liver Bird