Last year’s Champions League Final was a dull, predictable affair. Divock Origi and Mo Salah secured Liverpool’s inevitable victory over Tottenham Hotspur and this weekend they meet each other for the first time since that night in Madrid.
These two teams normally play out pretty scrappy matches. Their high defensive lines, with aggressive pressing, means they cancel each other out in midfield. It means possession will be turned over often, with space limited and restricted through the middle of the pitch.
The Reds will meet a Spurs team void of confidence however, meaning it would be a huge surprise if they took the game to Jurgen Klopp’s men like they have over recent years.
Spurs have won just one of their last thirteen league meetings with the Anfield side. It is 11/2 for the North Londoners to upset the league leaders, as they will be hoping their emphatic victory over Crvena Zvezda on Tuesday will inspire them to now kick on for the rest of the season.
The last time they actually won at Anfield was in May 2011. Luka Modric and Rafael van der Vaart got the goals in a 2-0 win and it is a huge 40/1 for the same score here.
A clean sheet for the away side (12/1) looks highly unlikely though. Liverpool may have struggled to create anything meaningful last weekend at Old Trafford but now Mo Salah is back.
Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino will be glad to have the Egyptian winger back to form their deadly attacking trio once again. Salah is 10/3 to score first like he did in the Champions League Final in May.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored a brace for the Reds against Genk on Wednesday night. His first was his first goal since April 2018 and he is 5/2 to score anytime against this sieve-like Spurs defence.
This game, with all its scrappiness and potential emphasis on attacking, could feature corners galore. Liverpool themselves have not been brilliant at the back, with space behind the fullbacks always there to be exploited by the opponents. 12/1 is for over sixteen corners for both sides combined.
A Liverpool win was predictable in the Champions League Final back in May, yet it was also heavily expected last weekend in their 1-1 with Manchester United. A Spurs win might look too fanciful but a score draw (4/1) could be worth a shot.