Second team on the table against the first after 12 rounds, the most effective attack against the strongest defense, Liverpool against Tottenham. The Reds and Spurs have collected the same number of points, they are only divided by the goal difference, and this season they lost only one game in the championship, so tonight's match at Anfield is, without any dilemma, a derby of the 13th round of the Premier League (21.00).
Jurgen Klopp's team was able to reach the top position last week, but they did not manage to win on Craven Cottage. They even had to work hard to earn a point against Fulham, recording their third draw in the last five matches in all competitions.
The home form is full of data that instills fear in every visitor. Liverpool has won all six league games at home this season and has averaged three goals each, and they are undefeated at Anfield in their last 65 league games.
Tottenham is coming to a place where they haven't won for nine and a half years, that is, only once in 26 away games, and they will target a rival who won against them on five previous occasions, but who has chronic personnel problems, especially on defense.
Without the pillar of defense of Van Dijk, Gomez, and Matip, and with the killer Kane and Son in top form on the other side, Jose Mourinho can continue to dream of winning the title. The draw with Crystal Palace at the weekend cost the Spurs in an attempt to separate at the top, but he also maintained an impressive series of Tottenham without defeat in the league.
Since losing at the opening of the season at home to Everton, the London team has not been defeated. Both teams are candidates for the title, but they are showing signs of fragility. Bad defensive line allows Liverpool's rivals to often shake their net, and Tottenham on the side mostly scores.
In seven of the previous eight matches, they managed to hit the target, and they are undefeated in the last nine league matches away. However, they are not guests without absences, since there will be no Bale, Lamela, and Tanganga at Anfield.
Let's add that Liverpool has lost in the last five matches. On three occasions, Arsenal was fatal, and the past two failures were against Aston Villa and Atalanta. Tottenham will try to take advantage of Liverpool's poor form and lack of key players and it is certain that victory will be imperative for them