Matthew Sinton previews Liverpool’s massive clash with Spurs tonight.
After our poor result against Hull City last weekend, fans really started to become worried about the situation Liverpool have found themselves in. We remain with only one win in all competitions since the turn of the year and looked to have run out of ideas last weekend – the team that were title contenders not so long ago are now in a serious battle for a Champions League spot. So what better time to host second in the league Spurs?
On the bright side, we are still the only team in the league unbeaten against top six opposition. Our games against lower league teams have seriously let us down. We were unbeaten at home in a year, though, before our three consecutive losses at Anfield recently, so I wouldn’t pay much attention to the stats. However, it’s usually the big games that suit us and the players should be eager to put in a performance.
Our match against Tottenham earlier in the season ended in a 1-1 draw. It was a game we arguably should have won and would’ve if not for Sadio Mané’s disallowed goal.
The games that followed saw our best form of the season after an inconsistent first three games. But that game was a long time ago now, and this time round nothing less than a win is acceptable; our sudden slump in form has left us absolutely desperate for points. While it may be true that we overachieved earlier in the season with the squad we have, the performances we have seen in recent weeks have simply not been good enough.
There have been rumours that Adam Lallana will not be named in the starting 11 after an absence from training through the week, which does concern me a little. Although he has dropped in form recently – much like the rest of the squad – a midfield three with both Can and Wijnaldum doesn’t exactly fill me with confidence. It’s very much been a case of one or the other recently and, based on recent performances, it has to be Wijnaldum for me.
I’m feeling a mixture of excitement and dread going into the game. Our poor form has lowered my expectations but I’ve never stopped believing in the team during this run and I won’t now. We certainly have the quality to come out on top tonight. In order to do that, we’ll need to seriously up our game. Let’s hope the players and the fans do so.