Tottenham make the trip up to Anfield on Sunday bidding to do something they’ve only ever accomplished twice in the Premier League era: win a game.
Spurs have registered a meagre 14 points from a possible 78 on offer in 26 visits to the red half of Merseyside, courtesy of a couple of victories and eight draws. This equates to a minuscule win rate of 7.6%.
Tottenham actually grabbed all three points on their second Premier League visit to Anfield, a 2-1 victory in August 1993 thanks to a Teddy Sheringham brace.
It’s been extremely bleak since then. The North London outfit endured a torrid 16 game winless run from 1994 through to 2011 when, under Harry Redknapp, goals from Rafael van der Vaart and Luka Modric finally gave the club a prized 2-0 win.
That, however, remains the club’s last top-flight victory at Anfield. In a subsequent seven visits Spurs have registered just three points, all draws. One of these stalemates was last season’s dramatic 2-2 clash when Harry Kane had a late penalty saved by Loris Karius, before Mo Salah stormed down the other end to grab what looked to be a 91st minute winner, only for Kane to snatch a point, from the spot, in the 95th minute.
Tottenham’s Premier League Record At Anfield:
Points = 14 from 78
16 wins from those 26 games gives Liverpool a 61.54% win rate in this particular fixture.
What’s Mauricio Pochettino’s record like?
Mauricio Pochettino may not have led Spurs to a league or cup victory at Anfield in five attempts, but you may be surprised to hear that the Argentinian enjoyed a 100% winning record at the stadium when he was Southampton boss, having led his former side to a shock 1-0 win back in 2013 thanks to a second-half Dejan Lovren header.
What about Jurgen Klopp?
Current incumbent Jurgen Klopp has collected five points from nine against Tottenham at Anfield, with the sole win under his tenure coming in 2017 (2-0), although the German gaffer did oversee a 2-1 victory over Spurs in the 2016/17 League Cup. Spurs also happened to be the first team he faced as Liverpool manager, although that goalless draw took place at White Hart Lane.
Which Liverpool manager has the best record in this fixture?
Eight managers have taken charge of Liverpool in the Premier League era, with Graeme Souness and Kenny Dalglish the only two to suffer a defeat at home to Tottenham. Meanwhile, Gerard Houllier collected an impressive 16 points from a possible 18 at home to the capital club.
As for Tottenham, Ossie Ardiles and Redknapp remain the only Spurs managers to win at Anfield since 1986, when David Pleat’s men carved out a 1-0 win.
In the Premier League era Liverpool have recorded a four-goal winning margin on three occasions against Spurs at Anfield. The first of which was a thumping 6-2 win in 1993, during which Ian Rush and John Barnes both grabbed a brace. Four years later they won 4-0, a scoreline they replicated in 2014.
What can we expect from Sunday’s clash?
It’s not looking great from a Spurs perspective.
Not only have they only won once at Anfield since 1993, Pochettino’s men have taken one point from their last four Premier League matches, during which they’ve lost to both Burnley and Southampton.
Meanwhile, Liverpool are unbeaten in a dozen games in all competitions, and haven’t lost a top-flight match at Anfield in 36 matches stretching back to a 2-1 loss to Crystal Palace two years ago.
At the time of writing, Liverpool are priced at 8/13 to extend that tally to 37 unbeaten games with a win, whereas Tottenham can be backed at 5/1 to conjure up only their third Premier League win away to the Reds.