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After impressively holding Real Madrid to a draw in the Champions League midweek, Tottenham Hotspur prepare to welcome Liverpool to Wembley on Sunday afternoon in a mouthwatering Premier League clash.
Spurs are looking to keep pace with Manchester City and Manchester United at the top of the table and face a Liverpool side who have only won one of their last five league games, including two draws against Newcastle United and José Mourinho's Red Devils most recently.
Interestingly, although Spurs may be slight favourites for this game, they have failed to beat Liverpool in the last nine meetings between the sides, with three draws and six defeats. Mauricio Pochettino has failed to win any of his last seven games against Liverpool, so Reds boss Jürgen Klopp has certainly edged this particular battle of two of the league's most fascinating managerial minds.
Pochettino opted for the counter-attacking threat of Moussa Sissoko at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday while throwing a tactical curveball in the shape of Fernando Llorente alongside Harry Kane in a 3-5-2 formation, which featured a flatter back five when Madrid had possession and Harry Winks tasked with stopping Luka Modric and Toni Kroos as Eric Dier dropped back into defence.
However, while Pochettino would have been pleased with his side's tactical flexibility and positional discipline against the European champions, the Spurs boss will more likely revert to a more familiar shape for the visit of Liverpool.
Pochettino may decide to start Danny Rose at left-back. The England international made his long-awaited return from injury against Madrid, coming on as a second-half substitute, and will be in contention for a starting berth with Ben Davies still recovering from illness.
The Spurs boss is still without Mousa Dembélé, Victor Wanyama and Erik Lamela so Winks will certainly retain his place in the line-up. Llorente is expected to drop back down to the bench, with Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli supporting Kane up top. Kieran Trippier may be recalled at right wing-back after dropping to the bench to make way for Serge Aurier against Madrid.
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