By Gary Fulcher, Daniel Rhodes and Mihail Vladimirov.
Liverpool will be hoping to claim a third consecutive league victory for the first time since April/May 2011 – when the Reds defeated Birmingham, Newcastle and Fulham – with victory over Andre Villas-Boas’ Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield on Sunday, 4pm kick off UK time.
Spurs enter this fixture in fine form, having not tasted defeat in the league since suffering a 1-2 reverse against Everton at Goodison Park back in early December. Their 2-1 win over Arsenal in the North London derby last weekend was their fourth consecutive win in the Premier League – the second time they’ve won four in a row in the league this season – and they now sit in 3rd place, five points behind Manchester City in 2nd and 12 points above 7th placed Liverpool.
Liverpool lost the reverse fixture 1-2 at White Hart Lane back in November and drew the corresponding fixture at Anfield last season 0-0.
Premier League record since the two clubs met at the end of November:
- Liverpool – P: 14 W: 8 D: 2 L: 4 F: 35 A: 16 GD: +19 Pts: 26
- Tottenham – P: 14 W: 9 D: 4 L: 1 F: 24 A: 10 GD: +14 Pts: 31
The match day officials for this fixture are:
Referee: Michael Oliver. Assistant Referee: M McDonough. Assistant Referee: J Brooks. 4th Official: N Swarbrick.
Liverpool are missing Fabio Borini (foot), Martin Kelly (knee) and Brad Jones (shoulder) through injury. Martin Skrtel seems to be unavailable. No news yet about Sturridge’s availability.
Tom Huddlestone (knee), Younes Kaboul (knee) and Sandro (knee) are absent through injury for Spurs, and Lennon (hamstring) and Dempsey (calf) are doubtful.
Goalkeepers: Reina, Gulacsi
Defenders: Johnson, Wisdom, Flanagan, Skrtel, Agger, Coates, Carragher, Enrique
Midfielders: Lucas, Coutinho, Gerrard (c), Allen, Henderson, Downing, Shelvey, Suso, Sterling
Strikers: Suarez, Sturridge
Goalkeepers: Friedel, Lloris
Defenders: Vertonghen, Gallas, Naughton, Dawson (c), Walker, Assou-Ekotto, Caulker
Midfielders: Lennon, Parker, Bale, Dembele, Sigurdsson, Holtby, Livermore, Sandro
Strikers: Adebayor, Dempsey, Defoe
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