7th place Liverpool host 3rd place Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield in Liverpool. Luis Suárez and Gareth Bale can strengthen their player of the year claims at Anfield and their club's European ambitions in the process. Tottenham went third after winning the north London derby and secured a sixth victory in seven matches against Internazionale on Thursday. Bale has scored seven in the last five league games while Suárez has six in his last three outings. Liverpool have lost only one of the last 18 league meetings between the teams at Anfield and steady improvement has closed the gap on the Europa League places. Jamie Carragher is in line to make his 500th Premier League appearance for the club.
Liverpool’s form has been up and down this season, but the side look a lot more comfortable playing the Brendan Rogers way compared to the start of the season. Suarez, the stand out performer so far, terrorized Wigan’s defense in their last league game scoring a hat trick, and it looks like the Uruguayan is in the form of his life.
January signing Daniel Sturridge is expected to start, however, with the striker having returned to full training earlier in the week.
The usual candidates will also be in contention for a starting berth in midfield, with Jordan Henderson and Joe Allen in with a chance of selection.
Subs: Jones, Gulacsi, Downing, Skrtel, Allen, Sterling, Shelvey, Wisdom, Coates, Suso, Robinson, Assayed
Injured: Kelly (knee, Mar), Flanagan (knee, Apr), Borini (shoulder, May)
Disciplinary record: Yellow cards: 40 Red cards: 2
Leading scorer: Suárez (21 goals)
Tottenham will go into this game with wins over rivals Arsenal and Inter Milan firmly in their minds and the club have set their sights on catching champions Man City in second place, just five points ahead of them.
Since being given that free role when attacking, most teams have struggled to handle Bale, and with Arsene Wenger saying his side needed no special plans for the Welshman and failing to keep him off the score sheet, it will be interesting to see how Rodgers approaches the task.
Tottenham, meanwhile, are still without Sandro and Tom Huddlestone but welcomed Mousa Dembele back from a knee problem against Inter on Thursday.
The north London club may also be able to recall Emanuel Adebayor and Clint Dempsey up front, with the pair expected to have overcome their respective fitness issues by Sunday.
Elsewhere, Lewis Holtby may be in line for a starting role having come off the bench in the 3-0 win against Inter, while William Gallas is another defensive option manager Andre Villas-boas may well use.
Subs: Friedel, Naughton, Caulker, Gallas, Carroll, Lennon, Huddlestone, Livermore, Falqué, Dempsey, Adebayor
Doubtful: Adebayor (knee), Lennon (hamstring), Dempsey (calf)
Injured: Kaboul (knee, 23 Mar), Sandro (knee, Aug)
Disciplinary record: Yellow cards: 39 Red: 2
Leading scorer: Bale (16 goals)
Tottenham Hotspur: D/D/W/W/W/W
Liverpool: Reina (GK); Johnson, Carragher, Agger, Enrique; Gerrard, Lucas, Henderson; Coutinho, Suárez, Sturridge
Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris (GK); Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Assou-Ekotto; Parker, Bale, Dembéle; Holtby, Defoe, Sigurdsson
Location: Anfield, Liverpool
Odds: Liverpool 17-20 Tottenham 3-1 Draw 11-4
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Liverpool 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur
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