In a weekend of Premier League fixtures that are intriguing if not spectacular, Liverpool hosting Spurs really stands out. The pair haven’t always been direct rivals in the division, but the gap between the two has closed dramatically in recent times, with the Reds falling back from their late 2000s high while the Londoners have risen up the table since the start of the 2010s.
Indeed, the power has shifted to the point that the Lilywhites are, arguably, the dominant outfit, but the clashes between the duo have been pretty close-run affairs, and we’re expecting more of the same this Saturday.
The game carries extra significance in that if Liverpool lose they could fall as low as sixth, while anything other than a Spurs win will hand Chelsea the chance to build a potentially un-bridgeable buffer at the top of the division. A draw will do little for either side, too.