Liverpool Odds Against Tottenham Hotspur
Liverpool are currently on an 11-match winning streak in the Premier League after a comfortable 2-0 victory against Sheffield United last week. They followed that up with a 1-0 win over Everton in the FA Cup third round. Liverpool rested all but one of their starters against Everton with Joe Gomez the only survivor.
The starting line-up consisted of 18-year-olds Yasser Larouci and Curtis Jones alongside 16-year-old Harvey Elliot. It was a similar side to the one that knocked out Arsenal on penalties in the third round of the Carabao Cup.
Despite Everton fielding their strongest line-up possible, it was the young Liverpool side that dominated; however, they have goalkeeper Adrian to thank after he made several important stops to deny Everton.
At the end, it came down to the local lad himself Curtis Jones who scored an absolute stunner from outside the box to win the game for his boyhood club as Liverpool extended their unbeaten run against Everton.
Will the Return of Son vs. the Absence of Kane Move the Liverpool Odds
They return to Premier League football this weekend against a Tottenham Hotspur devoid of star man Harry Kane who was ruled out earlier this week due to a torn hamstring. A saving grace for the London club is that Heung-Min Son returns for Spurs after serving a three-match ban.
Despite the return of Son, there’s no doubt that the loss of Kane will be felt for the time he’s out. He’s scored 11 league goals this season and 17 in all competitions and Spurs will struggle to replace those goals considering they’ve lacked depth in the striker position for the last few seasons; another reason why Kane seems to suffer big injuries each season.
Kane has played a minimum of 38 games a season for the last six seasons including playing over 50 games twice. Spurs rely heavily on his play and his goals and should be criticised for not getting him adequate help to lessen the goalscoring burden.
Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen are two players who should help lessen the burden but for the last couple of years has seen a dramatic decline in their performance and in turn their production.
Their record against Liverpool doesn’t help as Liverpool have won three straight league games against them including four of the last six, losing one and drawing one.
Sportsbooks odds on a home Tottenham victory open at +333, making them underdogs. Odds on a 12th straight league win for Liverpool open at -150, according to sportsbooks. Odds on a tie between the two teams open at +320.
How Impressive is Liverpool’s Youth Players?
Klopp has trusted his young players in big moments, and they haven’t let him down, if anything, they’ve exceeded his expectations.
An impressive performance coupled with a win and a clean sheet against the first team of Everton, especially in an atmosphere like a Merseyside derby was a huge test for the players, a test they passed with flying colours.
Certain players already look primed for the big time and could contribute to the first team. Those players include the likes of right back Neco Williams, midfielder Curtis Jones and forward Harvey Elliot.