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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Spurs v Liverpool, 30.09.23

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Full league history - Spurs v Liverpool:-

Premier     Pl   W   D   L   For-Ag  Pts
Home        31  12   8  11   42 -45  44
Away        31   2   9  20   31 -64  15
Total(Prem) 62  14  17  31   73 -109 59  0.95 Pt per game
Football Lge
Home(Div 1) 49  24  10  15   71 -58  62
Away(Div 1) 49   4  14  31   38 -95  24
Total(Div 1)98  28  24  46  109 -153 86
Total(Prem) 62  14  17  31   73 -109 59 
Total(Div 1)98  28  24  46  109 -153 86
Grand Total 160 42  41  77  182 -260 145

Last Six Premier League results:-

Spurs       -     DWWWWD
Brentford  2-2    Spurs
Spurs      2-0    Man Utd
B'mouth    0-2    Spurs
Burnley    2-5    Spurs
Spurs      2-1    Sheff Utd
Arsenal    2-2    Spurs

Liverpool   -     DWWWWW

Chelsea    1-1    Liverpool
Liverpool  3-1    B'mouth
Newcastle  1-2    Liverpool
Liverpool  3-0    A. Villa
Wolves     1-3    Liverpool
Liverpool  3-1    West Ham

Pos           P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
2. Liverpool  6  5  1  0  15-5   10   16 
4. Spurs      6  4  2  0  15-7    8   14

Time to win

Tottenham Hotspur - To dare is to do

It's another big test for Ange Postecoglou's "play without fear" Tottenham as second-placed Liverpool come to town. This will be their third game this season against London opposition and they haven't lost yet. Last week, they beat West Ham 3-1 and climbed above us into second place. Both teams are unbeaten in the six league games played so far, but Jurgen Klopp's men are on a run of five wins after their opening weekend draw at Stamford Bridge. Add the last eleven games of last season and Liverpool are on an unbeaten run of 17 games.

Liverpool have lost just one of their past 21 Premier League games against Spurs, while they are unbeaten in 11 meetings since a 4-1 loss at Wembley in October 2017. It's time for Spurs to end that run. Can they do it? Nearly 62,000 fans in the stadium and millions watching the game around the world on TV (5.30pm SKY here in the UK) will be watching eagerly to find out. Those travelling to the game face the added difficulty of train strikes, but this should be another exciting end to end game. I even fancy us to win 3-2!

To some degree, Liverpool's pre-season was hindered by the exit of players to Saudi Arabia. Brazil midfielder Fabinho completed a move to Saudi Arabian club Al-Ittihad on a three-year deal. He joined Karim Benzema, former Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante and ex-Celtic forward Jota who all joined the club managed by ex-Wolves and Spurs boss Nuno Espirito Santo.

Liverpool's club captain Jordan Henderson joined Saudi Arabian club Al-Ettifaq. The England midfielder, 33, moved in a deal worth 12m plus add-ons. Al-Ettifaq (managed by Steve Gerrard) are a Saudi second division side, but Henderson's salary is reputedly 700,000 pounds per week. There is another Liverpool connection there - Georginio Wijnaldum - who played in 179 Premier League games for "The Reds" between 2016 and 2021.

Henderson has had to deal with the controversy over Saudi attitudes towards LGBT+ groups, having previously positively supported such people when playing for England in the Qatar World Cup.

The Saudi transfer deadline came after that in England and Liverpool had worries over whether Mo Salah would be drawn by the financial enticements on offer. Salah stayed, and is under contract till June 2025. The man who tied with Heung-min Son for the 21/22 Golden Boot has three Premier League goals to his name so far this season. Salah was pipped by Harry Kane in 20/21 and shhared the top scorers' award with Mane and Aubameyang in 18/19. Mane is another star player now plying his trade in the Middle East.

Mo Salah's first Premier League goal was scored four minutes after he came off the bench for Chelsea in a 6-0 win over Arsenal in March 2014. Salah had been signed from Basel in January for an £11 million fee, but only made 13 Premier League appearances for Chelsea, scoring two goals before loans with Fiorentina and Roma. Salah signed full terms for Roma in the 2016/17 season before he was snapped up by Liverpool.

Now 31, Salah played and scored for Basel against Spurs in our 2013 Europa League quarter-final encounter. The Egyptian International next played against Spurs for Fiorentina in a 2015 Europa League round of 32 game. He scored again, and Spurs lost. Salah's next goal against Spurs was in October 2017 at Wembley when we won 4-1.

Liverpool finished fifth last season and thus missed out on Champions League football this season for the first time since 2016-17. They made a good start to their Europa League campaign recently with a 3-1 away win against LASK. Salah scored in that game too, along with Jota and Darwin Nunez, who also has three league goals to his name this season.

Other changes at Anfield include the departure of Roberto Firmino, Naby Keita, James Milner and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain whio were all released at the conclusion of their contracts. Firmino ultimately joined Saudi club Al-Ahli. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain joined Turkish side Besiktas. Milner continues his top flight career at Brighton.

Summer signings include Alexis Mac Allister from Brighton for 35 million (release fee) + up to 20 million add-ons, midfielder Wataru Endo from Stuttgart for a fee of about 16.2m, midfielder Ryan Gravenberch from Bayern Munich in a deal worth about 34.3m, and Leipzig's Hungarian midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai. Liverpool paid a release clause which amounted to over 60 million. Fabio Carvalho, who was signed last year from Fulham, has been loaned to Leipzig.

It seems the only definite Liverpool absentee will be Thiago Alcantara, who has yet to feature this season following injury. Despite last week's scare at Arsenal James Maddison should be available for Spurs. Official teams news will be available later today (Friday).

Did you know? - Our last win over Liverpool at Tottenham was the 2-1 in November 2012 when Aaron Lennon (7) and Gareth Bale (16) scored in the first half. Liverpool scored in the 72nd minute through a Gareth Bale own goal!

Simon Hooper is our referee for just the sixth time. His five previous Spurs games were all last season. Mr Hooper's last home game (and win) in charge of Spurs was the 6-2 win against Leicester.

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