Tottenham seek historic result against Liverpool but problems mount for Antonio Conte

UN While the majority of South Korea are worried about Heung-min Son’s health, Tottenham’s worries about the striker seem insignificant by comparison. Still, Son’s likely loss for Sunday’s visit to Liverpool and next week’s games against Nottingham Forest and Leeds is a blow to Antonio Conte’s hopes of finishing the half-season strong. His son is set to undergo surgery for a fracture around his left eye which will almost certainly rule him out of the Liverpool game and leave his availability next week and in Qatar dependent on his recovery. After sharing the Golden Boot with Mohamed Salah of Liverpool last season, neither striker has approached the same consistency this season and Son has scored in just two of his 19 club appearances. Nonetheless, his absence against the Reds will surely be significant. Conte is already without forwards Dejan Kulusevski and Richarlison, and while the former is fit enough to return to the squad for this weekend’s clash, he surely won’t be in danger from the start after a month out. absence with a hamstring injury. Bryan Gil still isn’t exactly trustworthy so Lucas Moura is expected to partner Harry Kane up front. READ MORE Meetings between Spurs and Liverpool have tended to be intense and engaging in recent seasons, and they have largely followed the same pattern of Liverpool dominating the ball as Spurs invite them in and look to exploit gaps behind their line high in transition. Their last meeting, a thrilling 1-1 draw at Anfield in May, was on trend, and Son swept Spurs in front before Luis Diaz fired to equalise. Liverpool have been particularly poor without the ball this season but Spurs’ ability to hurt them during the break will be badly affected without Son, who is a master at running past defenders and also scored in the 2-2 draw in the corresponding game last season. . With a fully equipped attack, Spurs have reportedly fancied their chances of securing a first victory over Liverpool since October 2017, amid a series of lingering doubts over the form of Jurgen Klopp’s key players as well as the German’s tactics . While Conte’s side have generally got results without the performances, Liverpool have struggled to achieve both consistently and the Reds’ defensive wall of Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Fabinho are all out of shape. The task of punishing them will now fall to a jaded Kane, the unequal wingers for Lucas and Spurs. These clubs weren’t direct rivals last season, but they are still pretty much in competition for the same goal, and the feeling that Sunday’s game is a six-point game was underlined by Trent Alexander-Arnold, who suggested the Reds’ campaign hinged on delivering a result. “It’s clear that as a team something is not right, it’s not going as well as we want it to be,” the England full-back said this week. “It’s something that everyone needs to think about, everyone needs to address and make sure they get it right, especially next week against Spurs, the top four rivals. Trent Alexander-Arnold: Tottenham game could define Liverpool v Liverpool FC season via Getty Images “We kind of need to go out there and get points if we have a chance of achieving our goals and goals aspirations for the season. Spurs could also do with a historic result against a big-six rival after defeats to Arsenal and Manchester United raised questions about their mentality in those games. How the teams start the game will be particularly watched, with both having developed an alarming habit of conceding first. Spurs have done so in 12 of their 19 appearances this season, including their last five, while for Liverpool it’s 10 out of 19. The other big question is whether the game will have the same intensity and the same bite as recent meetings between these two, given its proximity to the World Cup. FA and England manager Gareth Southgate has lobbied the Premier League to ensure there will be no meetings between the six teams on the final weekend before the tournament, it will be therefore the last such meeting of the half-season (although Arsenal and Chelsea meet earlier on Sunday). As the tournament draws closer and players grow tired and injury-wary, matches will inevitably dip in intensity, and both managers could be relieved with a tedious 90 minutes and a share of spoils at the end. . Son’s likely absence, fit or not, increases the chances of a lackluster than usual affair, although if Alexander-Arnold gets his way Liverpool will be playing as if their season depended on it. Not all news on the site expresses the views of the site, but we transmit this news automatically and translate it through programmatic technology on the site and not from a human editor.


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