Liverpool-Tottenham Hotspur Preview
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admitted he has "no idea what to expect" from Tottenham as the Reds prepare to travel to Spurs on Sunday.
The Reds are just a point behind leaders Manchester City after a 3-1 comeback win over strugglers Newcastle United.
In contrast, Tottenham have seen three league games and one European clash canceled in recent weeks, leaving Klopp with no idea how Conte will set up at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
"I have no idea what to expect from them [Tottenham]," Klopp said.
"After this news conference we will have an analyst meeting with old footage. We have no information. For them it is difficult as well. Who does not want to play for two weeks and then have to play again.
"More transparency would be really helpful. We know that three players are probably not going to be available.
"I heard Manchester United had a number of cases but I don't know how many. I had no information on who had the virus at Tottenham."
New Spurs head coach Antonio Conte has enjoyed a somewhat positive start, despite the cancellations, and his side sit just four points away from the Champions League spots with three games in hand on most teams.
However, Conte is expecting a tough task against the Reds, who will be led by Mohamed Salah.
"I think he's one of the best players in the world," Conte said of Salah. "During the game, we have seen he scores or makes assists. He's a very decisive player. During games, every time he has the ball he's a danger.
"He improved a lot, I remember him when he played in Italy. Now he's improved in an incredible way. Now I think he's one of the best players in the world and in every game he's very decisive."
Tottenham - Son Heung-min
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Liverpool - Roberto Firmino
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- Liverpool suffered their first Premier League defeat of the season the last time they played away against a London side, losing 3-2 at West Ham last month. The Reds haven't lost consecutive top-flight visits to the capital since April 2015.
- None of Tottenham's last 18 home league games have finished level, with Spurs winning 12 and losing six. Including a current run, they've had three streaks of three consecutive wins in that time, last winning four on the trot in June/July 2020.
- Liverpool have scored in each of their last 26 away games in all competitions, their longest such run in their history.
- Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 34 Premier League games in the month of December, since a 4-3 loss at Bournemouth in 2016. It's the longest unbeaten run any side has had in a specific month in the competition.
- Spurs boss Antonio Conte's four Premier League meetings with Liverpool have seen him win once, draw twice and lose once. The Italian's first ever defeat in the competition was in a home game against Liverpool, with his Chelsea side losing 2-1 at Stamford Bridge in September 2016.
Updated December 17, 2021