Tottenham vs Liverpool preview, TV channel, kick-off time, date, odds and team news

Both managers will be happy with their side’s midweek performance going into the game (Picture: Getty)It’s a heavyweight clash in the Premier League tomorrow with Tottenham hosting Liverpool at Wembley.

Both sides will be buoyed by their good performances in the Champions League in midweek.

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Spurs put on a spirited performance away to holders Real Madrid, whilst Liverpool thrashed Maribor 7-0.

Tottenham put in a spirited performance against Real Madrid (Picture: Getty Images)However, Mauricio Pochettino’s side hold the edge over Liverpool having won their last three league games, whereas the Anfield side have one win in their last five Premier League outings.

When is Tottenham vs Liverpool?

The match is on Sunday 22 October with kick-off at 4pm.

What TV channel is Tottenham vs Liverpool on?

Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League will be showing the game live.

What is the team news?

Danny Rose came off the bench against Real Madrid but a start could be too soon for him.

Pochettino said on Rose’s fitness: ‘He is not ready to start because he still needs to build up his fitness. But we are so happy because he is doing very well and the possibility to be on the bench on Tuesday was important for the team.’

Erik Lamela remains out with a hip complaint, but Victor Wanyama has a chance of playing.

Liverpool have long-term absentees with Sadio Mane, Adam Lallana and Nathaniel Clyne sidelined.

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What are the odds? (Courtesy of Betfair)

Tottenham – 6/5

Draw – 13/5

Liverpool – 12/5

Prematch stats

Liverpool are unbeaten in their last four away league games against Spurs.
Harry Kane hasn’t scored in either of his Premier League home appearances against Liverpool.
Spurs have not won in their last nine Premier League games against Liverpool

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RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner admits he ‘dreams’ of Manchester United move

Timo Werner admits he’s keen on joining Manchester United. (AFP/Getty Images)RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner admits he has dreamed about joining Manchester United.

The 21-year-old has emerged as one of the brightest young strikers in Europe and has already scored five goals in six Bundesliga games this season.

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The Germany international was linked with a move to Liverpool in the summer, with reports claiming that he was high on Jurgen Klopp’s shortlist.

But Werner admits he has wanted to make the move to Old Trafford since he was a kid.

Werner won the Golden Boot for Germany at the Confederations Cup this summer. (Getty Images)






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‘As a young boy, you always dream of the big club you’d like to play for,’ he told Sky.

‘It used to be Manchester United under Alex Ferguson, who always won. A young boy is always a fan of those who win.

‘You can’t just drop something like that. When it’s going well, you dream of playing somewhere else.’

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Why Liverpool and Tottenham have been forced to tone down their heavy metal football

It is almost exactly two years since Jurgen Klopp took charge of his first match against Liverpool, away to Tottenham. On that day, his side ran further than they had in any previous match, and sprinted more, immediately echoing the ‘heavy metal football’ played by his Borussia Dortmund team. Spurs, at that time, felt like the benchmark – in the Premier League at least – for a pressing team, but they found an equal that day.

When they face off at Wembley on Sunday, though, the match is not likely to follow the same pattern. In each of Klopp’s previous duels with Mauricio Pochettino, the games have been attritional battles not so much for control, but for the prevention of it. There are slight differences, of course: Tottenham’s pressing prevents build-up in an effort to win back possession themselves, Liverpool’s gegenpressing is designed to win the ball high up the pitch after losing it and force quick attacks.

Klopp established his high-pressing style on Liverpool immediately, matching Tottenham’s effort (Picture: Getty)

Pochettino has got his teams playing a high-intensity style since his very first days at Southampton (Picture: Getty)More simply, Spurs want the ball back to restart the construction of their own play – often forcing opponents to play long balls where their trio of centre-backs are waiting – while Liverpool see the act of winning back the ball as an opportunity to score. ‘No playmaker in the world can be as good as a good counter-pressing situation,’ says Klopp.

But that high-energy attitude has been dialled down this season, at least until they came up against Maribor. Opposition teams are enjoying longer spells of possession and their pass accuracy is not disrupted to quite the same extent, while Liverpool themselves are not running as far or as hard, particularly against the more menacing sides in the division.

Liverpool’s worst distance covered stats 2017/18
vs Leicester112kmvs Arsenal110kmvs Manchester City105kmvs Newcastle103kmvs Manchester United102km

Against Manchester United last time out, they covered less ground (103km – 13km down on Klopp’s very first game in charge) than in any other game under the German. Likewise, they also posted their fewest high-intensity sprints (385 – they performed 614 in his first match) against the Red Devils. Is this a reaction to the demands of English football’s gruelling schedule – and the injuries that come with it – or an attempt to leave the back-line less exposed? Or both?

Jurgen Klopp on Liverpool’s counter-pressing

‘It could be easier if you win the ball back in more situations than we did in the last few games through counter-pressing. It keeps you in a much better position on the pitch, it’s energy-saving because you don’t have to run for long distances. That’s [why] I was very happy about [seeing it back against Maribor]. Am I 100 percent sure we will do it again? Not so far. But I’m going for the proof. I think that will be a really big key against Tottenham: a football-playing, top team of the league. It will help a lot, we will see.’

Sunday will show whether this is a permanent change from Klopp, or if he will be simply be more selective about which teams he opts to press with maximum aggression and intensity. Spurs ought to be the perfect victim. But Pochettino likewise has evolved this season.

Real Madrid v Tottenham match summary

Real Madrid vs Tottenham66% – Possession – 34%90% – Pass success – 80%617 – Passes – 30662 – Long balls – 6621 – Shots – 118 – On target – 4

Both at home to Klopp’s old club Dortmund and away to reigning European champions Real Madrid, Pochettino sacrificed his will to impress his style on other teams and allowed Tottenham to be more reactive. Against both teams, the defensive line dropped deeper, Spurs counter-attacked more often and the style of play was far more direct – so much so that Fernando Llorente started in the Bernabeu.

This is a particularly important shift with Liverpool in mind. The last time they met – a 2-0 win at Anfield that extended the Reds’ unbeaten run against Spurs to 10 matches – Tottenham took a very open, very attacking approach, the sort usually reserved for the league’s less competitive sides. It was unquestionably the wrong tactic, and Spurs’ high line was savaged by Liverpool’s non-stop pressing.

Sadio Mane was their main tormentor, scoring twice in two minutes, with the second strike particularly symbolic of how the match was decided. Eric Dier, filling in at centre-back, dallied on the ball as Spurs tried to play out from the back, Mane pounced and Liverpool countered.

But Mane – and Adam Lallana, another player adept at exploiting Spurs’ weaknesses – will play no part on Sunday. If that will embolden Pochettino to stick with his usual approach, it shouldn’t. Liverpool are still a formidable pressing outfit without those key men; they are still set up perfectly to exploit the vast expanse of Wembley turf that will lie behind Spurs’ back-line; and, more importantly, Pochettino has now found a way of playing that negates the visitor’s greatest strengths.

Mane, sidelined on Sunday, has been Spurs’ chief tormentor, but Mohamed Salah has similar skills (Picture: Getty)Although Spurs gave up good-quality chances against Real and Dortmund, they were rarely opened up. Although they were under pressure, they never succumbed to it. Cristiano Ronaldo scored from the penalty spot, Andriy Yarmolenko curled one in from 25 yards. Both sides are counter-attack masters, much like Liverpool, but Spurs never provided them with opportunities to do so.

Sitting back may be entirely at odds with Pochettino’s usual front-foot philosophy, but he is learning to be more pragmatic. Liverpool’s biggest attacking difficulties have come against deep defences who invite Klopp’s men to break them down, their biggest defensive problems when teams break against them at speed, unable to defend large spaces. Although on paper a more negative approach, it could create far more goalscoring opportunities for Tottenham

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Sometimes Spurs can be accused of overplaying, too, but the addition of Davinson Sanchez has been a welcome one in this respect. As well as having the searing pace to be left one-v-one against the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Ronaldo (he’ll no doubt be key in stopping Salah too), he is also decidedly no-nonsense. He is better on the ball than Jose Mourinho’s targeting of him in last season’s Europe League final would suggest, but he recognises his limitations.

Sanchez has brought a new dimension to Spurs and given Pochettino a new option in big games (Picture: Getty)

Pochettino has never beaten Klopp, but a new approach on Sunday could finally stifle Liverpool (Picture: Getty)Sanchez’s centre-back partner at Ajax, Matthijs de Ligt, summed it up perfectly: ‘Davinson is defensively ruthless. I was someone who wanted to solve every problem in a footballing way, by picking out someone in my own penalty area, but I will try to avoid that now. Sometimes you just need to kick it into the stands. Davinson understood that perfectly.’

The Colombian encapsulates the new side of Tottenham. This season they have been prepared to dispense with the some of the more aesthetically pleasing characteristics of their game in order to get results, by whatever means necessary. Liverpool, likewise, have had to tweak the style that earned so many plaudits in the early days of Klopp’s reign. Sunday will show which team has changed for the better.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp weighs in on Harry Kane v Romelu Lukaku debate

Harry Kane is in sensational goalscoring form again (Picture: Getty)Jurgen Klopp believes Harry Kane is a more dangerous striker than his Manchester United counterpart Romelu Lukaku.

Liverpool stunted Lukaku’s impressive start to his Manchester United career during last weekend’s goalless draw at Anfield, but Klopp believes his side will face an even tougher task when they attempt to nullify Kane at Wembley on Sunday.

‘I don’t have to judge these two. They are both fantastic strikers,’ said Klopp.

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‘The difference is that Harry is much more a part of the game when he is not scoring – but I am pretty sure Lukaku can make these steps too.

‘We avoided the balls to Lukaku and that must be a key for Harry as well but if we are too concentrated on one player then Dele Alli is everywhere or Eriksen shoots from everywhere with decisive passes.

Harry Kane v Romelu Luaku | 2017/18

HARRY KANEGames: 8Goals: 6Assists: 0Shooting Accuracy: 38%Passes Per Match: 18.75

ROMELU LUKAKUGames: 8Goals: 7Assists: 1Shooting Accuracy: 50%Passes Per Match: 20.25

Romelu Luaku failed to make an impact against Liverpool last weekend (Picture: Getty)‘It is a good team so you cannot be concentrated on one player.

‘It will be a big challenge for them in the next few years because Harry is not only one of the best strikers in Europe, he is one of the best strikers in the world, 100%.’

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Ben Davies set to return for Tottenham’s clash with Liverpool

Ben Davies is set to return for Tottenham. (Getty Images)Ben Davies is in contention to start Tottenham’s clash with Liverpool on Sunday after returning to training this week.

The left-back has missed Tottenham’s last two games against Bournemouth and Real Madrid due to illness and was a doubt ahead of the match at Wembley.

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But on Friday, Mauricio Pochettino confirmed that Davies is back in training and is set to regain his starting place.

Elsewhere, Danny Rose made his return from injury as a late substitute in the 1-1 draw with Real Madrid on Tuesday but Pochettino says the left-back is still not fit enough to start after being sidelined since the end of January.

Davies has been sidelined for two games due to illness. (AFP/Getty Images)‘He needs to build up his fitness but we are so happy because he’s doing very well,’ said the Tottenham manager.

‘He had the possibility to be on the bench on Tuesday. It was important for the team and to play a few minutes.

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‘When you start to feel involved again and help the team, it’s so important after 10 months.

‘Now it’s a process to build up [his fitness] and get him better every day and then we’ll see if on Wednesday he has the possibility maybe to be in the starting XI.’

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Jurgen Klopp gives Sadio Mane injury update ahead of Liverpool’s clash with Tottenham

Mane is likely to be out for another six weeks (Picture: Getty)Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has all but ruled Sadio Mane out of Senegal’s World Cup qualifiers in November.

The 25-year-old was called up by his country’s qualifiers on the 10th and 14th of November, despite sustaining a grade II hamstring injury that is likely to keep him out for six weeks.

The winger had started the season in emphatic fashion and Liverpool missed his penetration during a bore draw with Manchester United at Anfield last weekend.

And, while Klopp understands why Mane was called up, he has appeared to rule him out of any early return.

Mane has injured his hamstring (Picture: Getty)‘Sadio is still in rehab. He is indoors. He is not in any exercises outside,’ said Klopp.

‘I can imagine they (Senegal) feel the pressure a little bit.

‘If he is fit earlier I would be really happy. But nobody knows at this moment.

‘If he’s fit, we cannot hide him. we can do nothing to keep him.’

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Liverpool star Mohamed Salah rejects offer of luxury villa after leading Egypt to World Cup qualification

Mohamed Salah celebrates defeating Congo (Picture: Getty)Mohamed Salah is currently the hero of Egypt after leading them to World Cup qualification, but the Liverpool star has refused to reap the rewards of his efforts.

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An Egyptian businessman, Mamdouh Abbas, offered Salah a luxury villa as the country continue to celebrate qualifying for the World Cup for the first time in almost 30 years.

Salah scored both goals against Congo, including an injury-time penalty, to send Egypt to the World Cup in Russia next summer.

The result and Salah’s heroics sparked crazy scenes in Egypt and supporters were keen to repay the Liverpool attacker.

#Salah‘s precious Goal.#EgyptToday #الجمهور_السعودي_يساند_مصر #برج_العرب #صلاح #حلم_٩٠مليون #مصر_والكونغو #WorldCup @22mosalah
— Egypt Today Magazine (@EgyptTodayMag) October 8, 2017

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Mohamed Salah scoring 95th minute goal to hopefully send Egypt into World Cup is priceless
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But, Salah has rejected the villa and instead asked Abbas to make a donation to his hometown, the Nagrig village in Gharbiya.

Egyptian publication claim Gharbiya already has a school and youth centre named after their local hero.

It is a classy gesture from a player that has been a massive hit on Merseyside this season.

(Picture: Getty)Salah arrived from Roma with a big price tag, but sits atop of Liverpool’s goalscoring charts with his latest brace coming against Maribor in a record 7-0 victory on Tuesday.

The 25-year-old is quickly becoming a star at Liverpool and Reds supporters will be hoping he can lead their side to similar heights in the Premier League.

Liverpool 2017/18 Fixtures

Tottenham (A) – Sun 22 OctHuddersfield (H) – Sat 28 OctNK Maribor – Champions League (H) – Wed 1 NovWest Ham (A) – Sat 4 NovSouthampton (H) – Sat 18 NovSevilla – Champions League (A) – Tue 21 NovChelsea (H) – Sat 25 Nov

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Salah was superb against Maribor as Liverpool enjoyed their best ever away win in Europe.

It puts the Reds back in the driving seat in their Champions League group after two opening draws.

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What is the Europa League prize money compared to the Champions League for 2017-18?

Jose Mourinho lifted the Europa League trophy last season with Manchester United (Picture: Getty Images)Every team in Europe wants to compete in the Champions League, partly for the glory but also for the huge swathes of cash sloshing around in the competition.

The money on offer for the teams in the continent’s top competition is mind-boggling, and its younger cousin, the Europa League cannot keep up.

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You would not expect the Europa League teams to be getting the same as the big boys in the Champions League, but the disparity is quite surprising.

Arsene Wenger wants to get his hands on the Europa League for the first time this campaign (Picture: Getty Images)The most the winner of the Champions League could walk away with is €57.2m whilst the absolute most the Europa League champions can win is €15.71m.

Those maximum winnings are based on a side winning every group game in the competition and then going on to lift the trophy come the end of the final.

In the Champions League, winning a group game is worth a €1.5m bonus, whilst a draw earns you €500,000 and just competing in the group stage earns €12.7m.

A group stage win in the Europa League will give a team €360,000 whilst a draw will get €120,000 and participation gets a club €2.6m.

The Europa League is worth a small fraction of the Champions League (Picture: Getty Images for UEFA)

Europa League prize money by knockout round

Winners – €6.5m

Runners-up – €3.5m

Semi-finalists – €1.6m

Quarter-finalists – €1m

Round of 16 – €750,000

Round of 32 – €500,000

Group Stage – €2.6m

The total winnings in the tournament are cumulative, so you continue picking up each reward as you move through the competition.

The greatest prize for winning the Europa League is a place in the Champions League the following season (Picture: Getty Images)

Champions League prize money by round

Winners – €15.5m

Runners-up – €11m

Semi-finalists – €7.5m

Quarter-finalists – €6.5m

Round of 16 – €6m

Group Stage – €12.7m

So in this year’s competition, if a side were to lift the Europa League and win every one of their group stage games, they would take home less than a team that went out in the Champions League group stage with two wins under their belt.

The winners of the UEFA Super Cup will win €4m this year and the runners-up take home €3m.

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Relief for Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United as Premier League confirms Christmas schedule

The Premier League schedule for the Christmas period has been confirmed (Picture: Getty)The Premier League has confirmed no fixtures will take place on Christmas Eve after a number of matches threatened to be moved for live television coverage.

Arsenal’s home clash against Liverpool was understood to be under consideration to be moved from 23 to 24 December, but it will now take place on Friday, 22 December at 19:45 GMT.

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Three other fixtures have also been moved from 24 December – Chelsea will now face Everton at 12:30 while Tottenham and Manchester United’s trips to Burnley and Leicester will kick-off on the Saturday evening.

Premier League fixture amendments – Christmas schedule

Friday, 22 December: Arsenal v Liverpool (19:45)

Saturday, 23 December: Everton v Chelsea (12:30), Burnley v Tottenham (17:30), Leicester v Manchester United (19:45)

Tuesday, 26 December: Tottenham v Southampton (12:30), Liverpool v Swansea (17:30)

Wednesday, 27 December: Newcastle v Manchester City (19.45)

Thursday, 28 December: Crystal Palace v Arsenal (20:00)

Premier League executive chairman Richard Scudamore said: ‘We appreciate this is the peak time for supporters attending and watching the Premier League.

‘With matches scheduled on Christmas weekend for the first time in 11 years, the process of selecting games for live broadcast has been a more complex one than usual and I would like to thank our broadcast partners and clubs for their co-operation and flexibility.

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‘When selecting matches, the broadcasters are using the rights that we the Premier League and the clubs have sold them, and they should therefore not be criticised for doing so.’

A Premier League fixture has not taken place on Christmas Eve since 1995 – up until 1957, a full programme of Football League fixtures was set for Christmas Day, with the reverse fixture played on Boxing Day.

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Tottenham vs Liverpool TV channel, kick-off time, date, odds and team news

Tottenham have found their form in the Premier League and Europe (Picture: REUTERS)The biggest game of the Premier League weekend sees Tottenham take on Liverpool at Wembley with Spurs having the opportunity to open up a seven-point gap between the sides.

After a slightly slow start to the campaign, Mauricio Pochettino’s side have picked up the pace and now sit third in the table having won their last three league games.

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Liverpool are struggling to find similar consistency and only have one win in their last five Premier League outings.

Spurs are favourites, but they have not beaten the Reds in any of their last 10 meetings in all competitions.

Jurgen Klopp enjoyed himself against Maribor on Tuesday (Picture: Getty Images)When is Tottenham vs Liverpool?

The match is on Sunday, October 22 with kick-off at 4pm.

What TV channel is Tottenham vs Liverpool on?

Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League will be showing the game live with coverage starting at 3.30pm.

Harry Kane is one of the deadliest strikers on the planet now (Picture: Reuters)What are the odds? (Courtesy of Betfair)

Tottenham – 23/20

Liverpool – 23/10

Draw – 13/5

Philippe Coutinho has been in great form since returning to the Liverpool side (Picture: REUTERS)Team news

Ben Davies and Moussa Dembele have been struggling with illness and an ankle knock respectively but both are expected to recover in time for Tottenham.

However, Mauricio Pochettino will remain without Victor Wanyama and Erik Lamela with long-term injuries.

Liverpool’s injury problems are much the same as last weekend with Sadio Mane, Adam Lallana, Nathaniel Clyne and Adam Bogdan all ruled out.

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Head-to-head in last five meetings

Feb 11, 2017 Liverpool 2-0 Tottenham – Premier League (Mane x2)

Oct 25, 2016 Liverpool 2-1 Tottenham – League Cup (sturridge x2) (Janssen)

Aug 27, 2016 Tottenham 1-1 Liverpool – Premier League (Rose) (Milner)

Apr 02, 2016 Liverpool 1-1 Tottenham – Premier League (Coutinho) (Kane)

Oct 17, 2015 Tottenham 0-0 Liverpool – Premier League

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