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Tottenham confirm double injury boost before Liverpool as Pochettino explains rotation plans

Valverde'Coutinho versatility a big help Offside
Melissa Porter | 05 February, 2018, 01:02

As Spurs continue to impress this season with home wins against the likes of Real Madrid and Manchester United, they would really need to improve their away record against such teams if they want to be considered a real force in England and Europe. After a discussion between the referee and the linesman, it was ruled Dejan Lovren's touch on the ball in the build-up ensured Kane was onside when he advanced through on goal and so the penalty stood before being saved by Karius.

With four minutes remaining in the first half, Moussa Dembele had a chance to draw Spurs level after Christian Eriksen's free-kick dropped to his feet but his strike from the edge drew a smart save from Loris Karius. I can manipulate stats, but it is hard to be clear.

Liverpool will be hoping for Spurs to attack them, which could then mean we see Liverpool's counter-attacking prowess.

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez said the penalty, given for shirt-pulling, changed the game.

Liverpool head into the game looking to get back to back victories after back to back defeats.

The last 15 minutes were wild.

Free-scoring Salag and his Liverpool teammates follow their meeting with Tottenham by visiting Southampton next weekend.

Seven of Liverpool's last eight games have ended with more than 2.5 goals.

It got worse for Liverpool when Karius took out Harry Kane for a penalty with five minutes to go. "We have to be ready for achieving the biggest thing".

Mauricio Pochettino was full of praise for the officials for awarding Tottenham two penalties as his team snatched a late point against Liverpool.

"I follow the games of Tottenham and they have a very good team", Firmino continued, suggesting that Liverpool "know everything about their potential". "The feeling in the dressing room is that we dropped points". "We needed to be strong in defence and it was hard". "And the second one was outstanding, but it's really hard to defend because I think everybody in the stadium, his teammates included, thought he would play a pass and in the end he did it by himself; that was probably in this moment the best idea", said Klopp.

The boss said: "I'm very happy with him but there will always be up and downs".