Here we have two teams who have promised so much over the last few seasons but both have failed to live up to expectations. Liverpool came so close to winning in 2013-14, finishing runners up and again last season could only manage second spot in the Europa League, losing 3-1 in the final. Spurs also have been in the mix for the Premier League title recently but fallen away as the business end of the season approaches, settling for a Champions League or Europa League spot. Can one of these two teams push on this season and go for glory rather than settling for a comfortable top 6 finish? If Liverpool or Spurs can take all 3 points from this fixture it will certainly be a step in the right direction for a serious title challenge.
For over 125 years Liverpool have been regarded as one of the giants of the English game. Well supported in the U.K and worldwide, their home ground of Anfield has been developed over the years and now has capacity for 54,074 supporters. Visitors to Anfield will see the statue of Liverpool's greatest manager, Bill Shankly and atop of the gates named after him, the clubs motto "You'll Never Walk Alone". Over the years many great players have graced the pitch at Anfield, from Kenny Dalglish in the 70's and 80's, Steven Gerrard in the 2000's and the current stars like Daniel Sturridge and Jordan Henderson.
A fierce rivalry exists between the red of Liverpool and the blue of Everton. With only a mile separating the two home grounds it is hardly surprising the explosive local derby has seen more players shown a red card than any other Premier League fixture.
Liverpool have won pretty much everything going, 18 times winners of the top division, 7 time FA Cup winners and 5 times champions of Europe. However the last decade has seen the doors of the trophy cabinet firmly shut, but with Jurgen Klopp in charge since October 2015, Liverpool will be hoping for a return to winning ways and adding more trophies to their impressive record. So far this season Liverpool have been scoring well, 35 goals by early December is admirable form, putting 4 past Arsenal and champions Leicester is no mean feat. Snatching a defeat from the jaws of victory against Bournemouth will be a bitter pill to swallow, however a victory against Everton before Christmas would put them back on track.
Formed in 1882 and commonly referred to as Spurs, Tottenham have won the F.A Cup 8 times and have twice been 1st Division Champions. However, much like Liverpool, recent years for Spurs have been lean, a 2008 League Cup the last piece of silverware brought back to their home ground of White Hart Lane. A top six or top four finish followed by a run in the Champions or Europa League has been the best they can hope for in the last decade. The North London club get their unusual name of Hotspur from a medieval nobleman called Sir Harry Hotspur, whose fighting cocks wore spurs. These cocks can still be found today on the club crest of a cockerel standing on top of a football.
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Always able to attract great players, Paul Gascoigne, Gary Lineker and David Ginola are just three of the world class footballers who have played at White Hart Lane over the past 30 years. The current crop also contains world class internationals like England striker Harry Kane and the Danish attacking midfielder Christian Erikson. Both of these players are under 25, as are many of manager Mauricio Pochettino's current squad. This should bode well for the future, if Spurs can manage to hang on to their young generation of players success shouldn't be far away. Despite a disappointing Champions League performance this season, their league form continues to be, if not great, then steady. Only one loss in the first 14 games sees Spurs just outside the top 4 with Liverpool just above them. If Harry Kane and Dele Ali are on form for Spurs, and with Liverpool's goal scoring record, this match should be an improvement on the dull 1-1 draw in August.