It’s four wins from four Premier League games, with three clean sheets, this season for Liverpool, who are top of the Premier League table. Four league goals so far this season for Sadio Mané and two for last season’s top Premier League scorer, Mo Salah, who also scored twice as Egypt hammered Niger 6-0 last Saturday.
It’s three wins and a defeat so far in the league for Tottenham, who followed a 3-0 win at Manchester United with a 2-1 loss at Watford, despite having taken the lead in the match.
Tottenham beat Liverpool five times in a row at home in the league between 2008 and 2012 but then went four games without beating them (two draws, two losses, with only one goal scored in those four matches) before winning 4-1 last season.
Despite topping the table, Liverpool still haven’t hit full stride. A laboured home win against Brighton was followed last time by a 2-1 win at Leicester although, after a lively start, they were put to the sword by the home side in the second-half.
That said, they still won and, with a deeper squad this year, a potent forward-line and a stronger defence, they will be a handful for anyone. They have scored 45 goals in their last 21 league games, 17 of them away from home.
There was a sense of ‘same old story’ for Spurs, who won well at Old Trafford but then found their defences lacking when Watford cranked things up at Vicarage Road.
Tottenham are a talented, well-balanced side. On their day, they too can give anyone a game and will be keen to get back to winning ways. They have scored in all four of their league games so far this season, with Lucas Moura (3) and Harry Kane (2) leading the way. Spurs have scored at least one goal in each of their last 25 home games (all competitions).
The strategies of the coaches will be interesting to watch. Klopp is proving canny and the ways in which he has adjusted over the last 12 months to obvious flaws in style of play and personnel has impressed.
Pochettino is undoubtedly an excellent coach with a skilled eye for a player. Tottenham, though, seem sometimes to struggle for a Plan B when something different is required. This makes a creative, imaginative player like Christian Eriksen so important and his confidence will be high following a brace of goals for Denmark versus Wales on Monday.
For Spurs, Dele Alli and Moussa Sissoko miss out with hamstring injuries and Hugo Loris is absent with a thigh strain.
Liverpool’s Dejan Lovren is still on the sidelines with a ‘stomach muscle issue’ and my not be available again until December. Adam Lallana returned to Liverpool early from international duty owing to a groin strain and is confirmed as being unavailable. However, it is unlikely that he would have been in contention to start against Tottenham.
The last three league meetings between these sides at Tottenham have ended all-square, and that looks a fair bet again (13/5), with a suggested score-line of 1-1 being on offer at 11/2.