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3 reasons why Liverpool will finish in the Premier League's top four

3 reasons why Liverpool will finish in the Premier League's top four

Dejan Lovren missed the defeat to Hull with a minor knee injury but the Croatian worldwide is expected to return alongside Joel Matip against Tottenham. Dejan Lovren and Adam Lallana are in doubt, but the club is optimistic.

Kieran Trippier is fit after overcoming an ankle injury but Erik Lamela is still out because of hip pain.

With their defensive strength and attacking speed, Tottenham are well set up to become the first big team to beat Liverpool this season.

Jurgen Klopp all but conceded Liverpool's own championship hopes after 2-0 defeat to Hull last Saturday, which continued a miserable 2017 for the Reds.

"Not angry, but down - and if HE needs a lift then heaven help the rest of us!"

Spurs have lost 15 of their 24 visits to Anfield in the Premier League (W2 D7) - they have only lost more often at Old Trafford (20) and Stamford Bridge (16).

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino insists his side won't be complacent against Liverpool, despite their opponent's poor start to 2017.

Liverpool's record with that pair starting is eight wins and three draws out of 11, but only five wins out of 13 without them. Maybe that's an area we need to improve on.

Their choke is best symbolised by Steven Gerrard's slip in the game against Chelsea.

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Spurs will need to battle Liverpool for his signature, though.

He's quick, skilful and has an eye for goal - but he's not going to turn Liverpool into title contenders.

Since beating Manchester City on New Year's Eve, Klopp's side have only one once in all competitions - in an FA Cup replay against Plymouth.

If Liverpool don't finish in the top four and have no trophy to show at the end of the season - it's a disappointment. All six have been converted by James Milner - including one against Spurs in August.

The two sides' relentless work rate is reflected in their stats, with both of them at the bottom of the table for the number of interceptions they have to make per game.

A Daniel Sturridge brace secured Liverpool a place in the EFL Cup quarter-finals, which also extended their undefeated run to 10 games.

Manager Arsene Wenger, the focus for much of the angst, will again be in the stands when his side host Hull in Saturday's early game as he completes a four-match touchline ban.

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli has beaten teammate Harry Kane to the Premier League Player of the Month award for January.

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