Liverpool begin the last phase of their Premier League title-charge with a blockbuster fixture against Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield.
The Reds sit two points behind Manchester City on the table who came out as comfortable winners in a 2-0 triumph at Fulham yesterday. Jurgen Klopp’s entire focus will be on finally getting the coveted Premier League trophy home, after a long 26-year wait at Merseyside.
Sadio Mane is in red-hot form lately, scoring 9 goals in his last 9 outings in the Premier League. The only worry for Liverpool will be their winger on the other flank Mohamed Salah, who has been going through a barren spell recently. The Egyptian has only managed to score once since the start of February. The Premier League top-scorer from last season will surely be looking to reinvigorate his season when Spurs visit on Sunday.
Spirits in Mauricio Pochettino’s camp are soaring high as their new stadium is finally up and running. But most importantly, Tottenham will look to end the season on a high note by securing third-place in the Premier League and consequentially, a Champions League qualification for next season.
For Spurs’ liking, Harry Kane is firing once again and a fit-again Dele Alli, along with Son and Eriksen, will make it a difficult game for Liverpool.
After the Spurs game, Liverpool only play one top-six side in their remaining fixtures, a crunch home tie against Chelsea. Title rivals Manchester City are yet to play the likes of Manchester United and Tottenham in their pursuit of consecutive league titles.
Jurgen Klopp, in his pre-match press conference, stated how his players must be “resilient” during this final lap of their Premier League campaign.
“I don’t know what the English word is. Resilience? Be kind of stubborn, do the right things again and again and again, dig in and stay in. That’s it. It’s all there. The good thing is do I have to talk about motivation with the boys? Of course not. They are all on fire”, claimed Klopp.
Klopp has also urged his team to try and win every single of their remaining games to have any chance of winning the Premier League title as he feels City will not lose any. The German manager is wary of the fact that this Manchester City team are experienced title-winners, and players like Vincent Kompany, David Silva and Sergio Aguero have been part of Premier League’s most historic title-runs.
Liverpool desperately need a win against Tottenham Hotspur to send a statement across to Manchester that it is theirs to lose. Could it finally look like it’s their year? Only time will tell.