Liverpool predicted XI: Tottenham (A)

Antonio Conte

GETTYAntonio Conte lacks the squad depth of Manchester United and Manchester City

But for all the Reds' attacking might, their defence has been at the root of almost all their issues this term, which doesn't bode well travelling to face the third-highest scorers in the Premier League, Tottenham (15).

Talent and tactical acumen make for a compelling combination; Mauricio Pochettino and his Tottenham Hotspur side have both qualities in abundance.

But, neither teams will have the table on their mind when they come to the pitch. They were happy enough dealing with lower teams, but their one real challenge this season - at home to Chelsea - ended in defeat.

Spurs can boast a swing of +6.4 per cent on Sundays, at 46.6 per cent, compared to a rest of the week rate of 40.1 per cent.

Lawrenson has told BBC Sport that he thought Spurs were 'very good' against Real Madrid, and whilst he thinks Liverpool will score against them, he doesn't think they will keep them out at the other end.

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It was the scene of his Borussia Dortmund side's loss to Bayern Munich in the 2013 Champions League final and he saw Liverpool beaten on penalties by Manchester City there in the 2016 League Cup final.

"I don't think about it. If I start now asking Emre every day: 'How is it going then...?'".

But Can, speaking to the Daily Mail, has given Liverpool hope a new deal could yet be agreed after he spoke about the player with great affection. They have Wanyama, Dembélé and Dier in midfield, and Dier can even play centre-half.

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"I believe atmosphere is important and we always have a fantastic support from our fans. Hopefully this year we will do that".

That's what is expected of them again in what the South American describes as "a very special game" full of potential matchwinners.

"Now money has been spent and it's coming to fruition for them". He knows it is not quite true, for instance, that Spurs did not spend any money in summer.

This should be a classic, but that was said last week before the United washout. The tide turned with a Luis Suarez-inspired 5-0 mauling at White Hart Lane in 2013 and hasn't gone back since. At Wembley, the pressure is on to produce a stirring display that could finally shed all talk of a hoodoo.

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