The 4-1 defeat at Wembley in October was the lowest moment in the Liverpool s’ season to date, with serious questions asked of Klopp and his players after the game.
Thankfully, it was followed by an 18-match unbeaten run, and Liverpool have now built up a two-point lead over their weekend opponents.
A run of two consecutive defeats was halted on Tuesday, after an impressive 3-0 win at Huddersfield, and Klopp’s men are nicely placed in the top-four battle.
Frustration at a lack of January transfer business is more than understandable, but this is still a very talented group of players capable of finishing as high as second in 2017/18.
Spurs, meanwhile, beat Man United 2-0 on Wednesday night, and they know that victory on Merseyside would take them ahead of Liverpool.
In Harry Kane they have one of the world’s top strikers, and the likes of Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli, Heung-min Son and Mousa Dembele are gifted players who can hurt anyone on their day.
It is sure to be an exciting battle, with Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino likely to approach the game in positive fashion, and Anfield can again be a secret weapon for Liverpool.
The support at Anfield would be massive for the Reds and could prove that the recent blip was just a minor speed bump in the season for Klopp’s men but they will have to play very well to win.
“The situation in the table and our targets means it is an important game,” Pochettino said.
“Spurs were sharp and awake the whole game against Man United, and looked really good. You don’t often keep United as far away from your goal as Tottenham did in that game.
“A few players might be back, like Alderweireld, and Lucas Moura might be involved. They are in a good moment, but our moment is not too bad as well.
“These kind of six-point games are very important, and I’m looking forward to it.” Klopp stated.
DO YOU KNOW?
Liverpool have only lost twice at home to Spurs since the Premier League‘s inception.
The first was a 2-1 defeat in 1993/94, while in May 2011, goals from Rafael van der Vaart and Luka Modric also inspired the north Londoners to a 2-1 win.
This encounter is another top four battle to watch, who are you tipping for Victory?
Venue: Anfield, Liverpool
Time: 16:30 GMT/ 5:30 PM NGA
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