Jonathan Davies has taken the time to pick out three players for you to keep an eye on when Liverpool host Spurs this evening.
Liverpool host an inform Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield tonight. The Reds will be looking to put the uninspiring performance at the KCOM behind them and put their wrongs right.
With Manchester United breathing down the necks of Liverpool, now only now point behind, it is crucial that we win and get some breathing space, but not only that, we are still looking for our first league win of 2017, crazy to think as we are currently in February!
A draw would be an acceptable result but this could see us fall into the dreaded sixth position if United win, a position that us fans have mocked United about for months. However, with Liverpool’s record in big games a pleasing one to look at, I hope we can produce a display that gets the job done and the three points. This game is huge, here are three players to watch out for during the game.
As with many other players, Lallana has failed to reach the heights of performances of last year. He has looked rather lethargic over the past month or so but this could be the game that rekindles his goalscoring touch.
We need to see the return of the ‘midfield Lallana,’ and with Mané back this is finally possible, however, his performance in this position last week was a forgettable one. Lallana still gives his utmost each game and his pressing game is not matched by anyone but we need to see more of the Lallana that linked the play up so perfectly last year. This game against Tottenham could be the start of his return to form.
Clyne has been one of our most consistent performers over the past year, however, the past few games have probably been the worst in his Liverpool career. In all fairness to Clyne, he has been suffering with muscle pain in his abdominal area and with Trent-Alexander Arnold often stepping in for him, is it time we give him some time off to heal fully?
Clyne is usually solid in defence and it is normally his attacking contribution that is discussed in negative light, but as of late his defensive performances have not been up to his very high standard. Clyne will be up against one of the league’s best attacks in Kane, Alli and Eriksen and we need him back performing at his best if he wants to keep them at bay.
Similarly to Clyne, Milner produces high-quality performances but as of late, he has been underperforming at left back. However, I think some of the stick should go towards Klopp. Failing to sign a proper left back in the summer or winter really has come back to bite us with Milner now struggling.
Milner often produces decent crosses for our attackers but because none of them are the tallest it is generally useless. This means Milner’s lack of pace often becomes apparent as he does not usually run in behind the defence. The Englishman is often tested against tricky wingers and in all fairness, he has done alright this season but no doubt he will have to be on top of his game if he wants to help his team achieve a clean sheet on Saturday.