The start of 2017 has been a special shade of grey for Jurgen Klopp. He’s yet to pick up a league win, has been shown the back-door to two cups and even his star man Sadio Mane hasn’t quite managed to save the day. It’s 50 Shades of bleakness, and Mauricio Pochettino is poised and ready to make Jurgen his next victim.
All tied up in the battle for fourth place
Without a loss in the Premier League since a visit to Old Trafford in December, and currently nine points off the top spot, Spurs look to be the only team making a dent in Chelsea’s title rampage. With Liverpool without a win in their opening five top-flight matches of a calendar year for the first time since 1954, Pochettino will be looking to change his recent shaky record against The Reds, who he hasn’t tasted victory against since November 2012.
After bagging four goals against Stoke and three against both Middlesbrough and Bournemouth before the new year, Klopp’s offensive charm has well and truly dried up. They’ve scored just six goals in five league games since the strike of midnight on the 31st, and have conceded seven against teams in the bottom four of the table.
The safe-word is ‘Anfield’
Tottenham are actually the outsiders to secure three points this weekend, priced at 11/5 to do the business and continue Liverpool’s misery. Despite the fact they tasted victory against Antonio Conte and came back from behind to draw against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City just last month.
Until recently, Anfield has been both the safe-word and the safe place for Klopp. He’s been able to scream it out when results got tricky, in fact, before Swansea spoiled the party, they were unbeaten at home in 12 months. They are 5/4 to start to re-build the walls to the fortress that was.
Three of the last five meetings between these sides have resulted in a draw, and it’s 12/5 for them both to take a single point from this fixture, a result which could blow top four wide open once again.