Jurgen Klopp’s arrival at Anfield has filled Liverpool fans with a giddy enthusiasm more commonly seen in youngsters who have been told by their mums that there’s chips for tea. The German gaffer’s first challenge is a trip to White Hart Lane to face Spurs – and recent history suggests good things for the neutral.
The last eight clashes between Liverpool and Tottenham have thrown up a total of 29 goals. One of those games was a 0-0 draw at Anfield in 2012, but each of the other seven matches had three goals or more.
A total of 29 goals works out at an average of 3.63 goals a game, and this average moves up to 3.75 goals a game if you consider the last eight head-to-head matches just at White Hart Lane. Since 1914 there have been just two 0-0 draws between Tottenham and Liverpool at the Lane and we’re expecting another high-scoring affair to wrap our chops around on Saturday afternoon with Klopp taking the reigns at Anfield.
Klopp’s attacking instinct is clear from the numbers the Dortmund attacker’s were putting up during his time at the club. The gaffer was at the helm for seven years, and in that time Dortmund racked up 469 goals in the league – 114 goals more than the seven years previous. Without wanting to get your abacus out, that’s an average of around 16 extra goals a season, or an extra goal every two games. Daniel Sturridge, Christian Benteke and Phillipe Coutinho should be licking their lips.
What is marginally more concerning for Liverpool fans, and what could be given Jurgen some sleepless nights, is the state of their defence. Since the start of the 2013/14 season the Reds have conceded a goal in 68 per cent of their games, and in their last five matches have conceded 10. Tottenham come into Saturday’s clash with eight goals in their last four games, and the 2-2 correct score at makes plenty of appeal with two sides who have thrown up some goal-fests in recent years.
Billy Joel was number one with Uptown Girl the last time Tottenham and Liverpool drew 2-2 at White Hart Lane in 1983, but the stats say that drought could be over on Saturday. There have been 30 goals scored in the last eight clashes between the two sides at the Lane, with Liverpool bagging 14 of them and Spurs chipping in with 16. Tottenham had won six of those eight games, before Liverpool fired back with a 3-0 win last season and a 5-0 win the year before.
It’s been a decade since the spoils were shared at WHL, but odds of suggest a draw could be on the cards in the early kick-off. Considering the average goals per game in recent head-to-heads between Liverpool and Spurs, you can still get over 2.5 goals at a surprisingly generous , while it’s for both teams to score and the match to end in a draw.
But with Tottenham hitting four past City, while also conceding 19 goals against Liverpool in the last eight games. And Liverpool conceding three against West Ham, and Man Utd, as well a two against Aston Villa while also coming into the game on a high of appointing Klopp. Our feelings are weighted towards goals – and the 2-2 draw is worth a punt at .
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