Tottenham 2-1 Liverpool: Premier League – as it happened

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Joel Matip’s 96th-minute own goal shattered nine-man Liverpool and gave Spurs another memorable late victory

That’s it for today’s live blog. I’ll leave you with David Hytner’s blog – goodnight!

Ange Postecoglou talks to Sky Sports

There was a lot going on, I’m trying to process it all. It’s fantastic to beat a top-class opponent, and getting a late winner always adds that little bit of spirit and belief. Even with the extra two men, Liverpool made it difficult for us. We didn’t handle it too well when they went down to ten – we started rushing things.

At the start of the second half we were better, but after the second red card we probably didn’t vary our attacks enough. The one at the end – it’s an own-goal I know, but it’s one of the few times we flashed a ball across the box.

I’m being really picky. We’re just in our infancy and this group of players have been outstanding. I’m rapt with getting the results because it allows me to keep pushing them, because they have belief now.

Credit to Liverpool, the mentality they have to hang in there even with nine men… they’ve got winners in their team and that’s something we need to learn to become as well.


The Spurs fans are belting out Angels, swaying from side to side. In its four-year existence, the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium has never been such a happy place. They were a bit fortunate today, and they won’t care one iota about that.


Liverpool look devastated, as you’d expect after such a coolly heroic defensive performance. Curtis Jones was sent off in the 26th minute and Diogo Jota in the 69th, yet they didn’t really look like losing.

Son put Spurs ahead before Cody Gakpo equalised on the stroke of half time (and injured himself in the process). Alisson made two superb saves early in the second half, but Spurs created nothing after Liverpool went down to nine men – until the 96th minute, when Joel Matip slammed Pedro Porro’s cross into his own net.


Full time: Tottenham 2-1 Liverpool

Spurs jump above Arsenal and Liverpool into second place after an emotional victory over nine-man Liverpool.

Pos Team P GD Pts
1 Man City 7 12 18
2 Tottenham Hotspur 7 9 17
3 Arsenal 7 9 17
4 Liverpool 7 9 16
5 Aston Villa 7 7 15


90+6 min Veliz has been booked for something or other.

It’s a cruel moment for Joel Matip, who has been immaculate all night. The goal came because Spurs finally got somebody free in a wide area. Romero found Porro, who belted a hopeful low cross into the six-yard box. Matip, well positioned at the near post, tried to put it behind for a corner but sliced it high into the net.

Joel Matip screams in frustration
Oh Joel Photograph: Marc Atkins/Getty Images


GOAL! Tottenham 2-1 Liverpool (Matip 90+6 og)

Spurs have stolen it!

Joel Matip scores an own goal
Joel Matip wins it for Spurs! Photograph: Kieran McManus/Tottenham Hotspur FC/Shutterstock


90+5 min Alisson is booked for timewasting.

90+4 min Kulusevski curls a cross well wide, prompting groans from the home fans.

90+4 min More impatient attacking from Spurs, more calm defence from Liverpool. They’ve been excellent.

90+2 min Porro’s very deep cross is headed straight at Alisson by RIcharlison. He saw it late, so it wasn’t much of a chance.

90+1 min As things stand Liverpool are second, a point behind Manchester City, with Spurs in fourth.

Pos Team P GD Pts
1 Man City 7 12 18
2 Liverpool 7 10 17
3 Arsenal 7 9 17
4 Tottenham Hotspur 7 8 15
5 Aston Villa 7 7 15


90 min Six minutes of added time.

90 min: Spurs substitution x2 Alejo Veliz, a young Argentinian forward, and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg replace James Maddison and Yves Bissouma.

89 min Maddison’s mishit shot from 20 yards is blocked, then Romero is booked for fouling Szoboszlai.

88 min Bissouma is booked for flattening Endo. Spurs have been weirdly tentative since Liverpool went down to nine men.

87 min Robertson is booked for a foul on Porro.


86 min Bissouma’s long-range shot hits Richarlison and spins through to Alisson. Jose Mourinho would be proud of this defensive performance from Liverpool.

86 min “The ref is handing this game to Tottenham on a silver platter,” writes Kevin Bruch. “Those challenges by Jota were run-of-the-mill fouls, the first I would even argue was accidental. Never a yellow. Jones was really unlucky to have his foot roll over the ball, if it didn’t, would he have been endangering the opponent? I don’t think that was a clear and obvious error by the ref. I also don’t share your faith in offside technology. Diaz looked onside, why do we need to examine it until he isn’t? The game should have been about two great teams going toe to toe, instead the ref has blown it.”

You forgot to tell us which team you support.

85 min Spurs’ passing has been far too narrow since Liverpool went down to nine. At the moment they don’t look like scoring.

84 min “Liverpool are revolutionising the false nine,” says Peter Oh. “They’ve got nine men who play like ten or eleven.”

It’s starting to resemble Arsene Wenger’s two great Arsenal sides, who were almost more dangerous with 10 men than 11.

83 min: Double substitution for Spurs Ben Davies and Oliver Skipp replace Pape Sarr and the excellent Destiny Udogie.

81 min Solomon plays a good ball to the underlapping Maddison, who wins a corner off Matip. It’s taken short – of course it is – and worked from one side to the other and then back. Eventually Liverpool clear.

80 min Now Solomon’s shot deflects behind for a corner. Before it’s taken, Ryan Gravenberch replaces Alexis Mac Allister for Liverpool.

79 min Porro’s off-target shot deflects behind for yet another Spurs corner. It’s taken short and worked back to Porro, whose cross is headed away by Van Dijk. Liverpool are doing really well here.

78 min Imagine how bulletproof Liverpool will feel if they win this.

77 min With Son off the field and Kane in Germany, Spurs are looking to Maddison for inspiration. At the moment they’re struggling to create anything, and Porro’s cross on the turn is comfortably held by Alisson.

75 min Alexander-Arnold’s outswinging corner is headed well wide of the near post by Van Dijk. A quarter chance.

75 min Alexander-Arnold wins a corner for Liverpool, who have actually been reasonably comfortable since going down to nine men.

73 min: Triple substitution for Liverpool Wataru Endo, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Ibrahima Konate replace Mo Salah, Joe Gomez and Luis Diaz. That means a switch to 5-3-0, with none of their five brilliant forwards on the field.


73 min Weirdly, the last time Liverpool were down to nine men was against Spurs in 2011.

71 min Darwin Nunez was about to come on, but there’s a change of plan now. The current formation is 4-4-0 with Salah on the right.

70 min The second yellow card was fair enough, and a really silly tackle from Jota. The first was unfortunate though. Udogie ran away from Jota and brushed Jota’s knee in his running stride; that knocked one leg against the other, forcing him to fall over.

Diogo Jota is sent off!

69 min Oh my word. Moments after an unfortunate first booking, Jota lunges at Udogie and is given a second yellow card. Liverpool are down to nine men.

Jota is sent off
Jota receives his marching orders. Photograph: Justin Setterfield/Getty Images


69 min: Spurs substitution Manor Solomon replaces Son Heung-min, who must be feeling the injury that made him a doubt for this game. Richarlison will move up front.

68 min Jota is booked for tripping Udogie, though it was completely accidental.

67 min Liverpool are also carrying a threat on the break. This time Porro makes a vital sliding tackle on Salah, who had slipped Sarr and was heading towards the Spurs area.

66 min One Spurs corner leads to another. They’ve been very dominant in the second half, but Liverpool are defending with such determination.

64 min Salah breaks upfield, all on his own, and is brilliantly dispossessed by Bissouma. A foul is then given against Salah – a bit soft, in truth – and he’s booked for kicking the ball away.

Mo Salah can’t get past Yves Bissouma.
Mo Salah can’t get past Yves Bissouma. Photograph: David Klein/Reuters


63 min A poor ball from Alisson goes straight to Richarlison on the left. Gomez bounces off him, allowing Richarlison to drive a cross that is cleared by Van Dijk on the six-yard line.

61 min: Fine defending from Gomez! Spurs worked a short corner on the left, with Bissouma eventually finding Udogie near the byline. His low cross towards Sarr is very well cut out by Gomez at the front post.


59 min: Spurs have a goal disallowed! It was almost identical to their first goal: Maddison to Richarlison, who was offside, and a cutback that was turned in by either Son or Matip at the near post. The eye-of-a-needle pass from Maddison was gorgeous.

58 min Udogie finds himself in the centre-forward position, prompting the other left-back Robertson to sprint across and make an important tackle. Sarr collects the loose ball and leathers a shot straight at Alisson from 25 yards.

57 min If Liverpool win this, on the back of the Newcastle game, they’ll feel invincible.

55 min A better spell for Liverpool, who have survived Spurs’ first onslaught of the second half.

52 min I can’t remember the last time Liverpool crossed the halfway line. This has been Spurs’ best spell of the game by a mile.

51 min: Another fine save from Alisson! Maddison’s through pass to Son was cut out, but the ball deflected to Udogie. He knocked it into Son, who chested the ball down on the edge of the area and swished a spectacular volley towards goal. Alisson reacted superbly to push it over the bar with both hands.

49 min: Lovely save from Alisson! Spurs have made an excellent start to the second half. Maddison shapes a sweet left-footed curler from 22 yards, and Alisson dives full-length to his right to fingertip it round the post. He’s pure class.

47 min “The red can be debated,” says Paul Griffin, “but the ‘offside’ is clearly on with the naked eye. A Venetian blind, in Danny Blind’s front room, purchased via a blind trust, humming Tom Waits’s Blind Love, could see that.”

46 min Peep peep! The second half is under way, with Diogo Jota on for Cody Gakpo.

Incidentally, Sky say they haven’t received an image of the Diaz disallowed goal that includes the offside lines. There’s one angle from which he looks well onside, although they can often be deceptive. For example, John Stones’ goal against Arsenal in the title decider last season looked offside to the naked eye but was given.


“Greetings from Vietnam,” says Phil Keegan. “I am a Man U fan (pretty depressing right now) so obviously eff Liverpool, but I think Jones was unlucky. He played the ball and his foot slipped over the top of the ball and caught the Spurs player. There was no intention at all. That did not deserve a red.”

I might be wrong but I don’t think the law considers intent; it’s all about whether it endangers the safety of an opponent. Whether it should is a different argument.


“Next time I’m up in court for GBH, I’ll get my brief to put forward the ‘Neville defence’,” writes Simon McMahon. “I didn’t mean no harm, your honour, and didn’t intentionally set out to give the defendant a doing. It just kind of happened. Him being a Dundee fan and all that.”

A few of you have also queried Diaz’s disallowed goal in the 34th minute. From some angles he looks onside, from others clearly off. I haven’t a clue anymore. The only thing I’m certain about is that offside technology is 100 per cent reliable.

“I get it probably was a red,” says Nick Smith, “but was it such a clear error by the ref to give it a yellow that VAR got involved?”

I think it was. Whenever studs make contact above the ankle, causing the other player’s leg to bend, everyone gets twitchy. But it is notable that a lot of current and ex-players, including Andros Townsend on Sky Sports, think Jones was unlucky.


I’m not sure Gakpo will be back on, by the way. He was limping as he walked down the tunnel. Liverpool have loads of options on the bench – Nunez, Elliott, Jota, even Alexander-Arnold.

Half time: Tottenham 1-1 Liverpool

Peep peep! Intriguing stuff in north London. Curtis Jones was sent off for a dangerous tackle on Yves Bissouma, and Liverpool were in big trouble when Son finished off a lovely move to put Spurs ahead. But this new Liverpool team don’t seem to understand the concept of the lost cause: Cody Gakpo scored a good equaliser, injuring himself in the process, and Luis Diaz almost put them ahead on the stroke of half-time.

45+8 min: Great chance for Diaz! Salah wanders over to the left and slides a sensational angled pass towards Diaz at the far post. He gets the wrong side of Van de Ven but doesn’t make proper contact and slides the ball wide.

45+7 min Romero has a shot blocked. Incidentally, the email split is about 50/50 on whether Jones deserved to be sent off.

45+6 min Gakpo might be okay. He went down holding his leg as soon as he scored, but he’s jogging on the touchline as I type.

Cody Gakpo has injured himself in the act of scoring. It was a really smart finished, rapped past Vicario on the turn. Szoboszlai’s deep cross was headed back across goal by Van Dijk towards Gakpo. His chest control wasn’t great, which made the finish even better; he swivelled and bulleted it past Vicario from 10 yards.

GOAL! Tottenham 1-1 Liverpool (Gakpo 45+5)

Ten-man Liverpool have done it again!

Cody Gakpo twists to fire Livepool level.
Cody Gakpo twists to fire Livepool level. Photograph: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images


45+4 min And now Udogie is booked for a coul on Gakpo. He got the ball but he might have been penalised for his follow through.

45+4 min “To misuse a phrase, pundits may think they know the game, but they don’t know the laws and how they’re applied,” says Andy Flintoff. “That from Jones was uncontrolled, over the top of the ball, so the referee had no other option once he’d seen the replay. And (whilst I’m on my high horse), referees don’t ruin the game by giving out cards, it’s the players committing the foul play that ruin it for themselves.”


45+3 min Sarr shoots well wide from 30 yards.

45 min Six minutes of added time. Spurs break from a Liverpool corner, but Son picks the wrong option for once. He curls straight at Alisson from miles out rather than trying to find Maddison in the middle.

On reflection, it might have been an overhit pass/cross. Either way, fine human being that is, Son puts his hand up in apology.

44 min “Not necessarily disputing the red,” says Dan Christmas, “but surely the point of the VAR monitor isn’t, ‘Here is why you should change your mind ref.’ Show them all the angles, and don’t use stills unless it’s the only way to see the incident.”

Oh yes I totally agree. Showing things in slow-motion has always been a problem, particularly in that Covid season when they were giving penalties for everything.

43 min Spurs will be conscious of what happened to Newcastle in very similar circumstances last month, and thus keen to put the game to bed if possible. They’re having a really good spell now, and Richarlison has just hit the post. The flag went up subsequently, I think because Udogie was in Alisson’s eyeline when Richarlison hit the shot.

42 min “I know it goes against ideas of justice and culpability,” says Gary Naylor, “but the law on serious foul play speaks to an outcome only. ‘A tackle or challenge that endangers the safety of an opponent...’. It appears inarguable that Bissouma’s safety was endangered by studs into the leg above the ankle, notwithstanding intention, foot skimming off the ball, a ‘doing’. What is the alternative? Ten like that every game?”

41 min Richarlison is looking pretty lively. After another good Spurs break, he scoops a shot that is saved above his head by Alisson. A comfortable enough save.

40 min Mac Allister is booked for a foul on Udogie, who was leading a dangerous Spurs break.

39 min Gomez goes over in the area after a clumsy challenge from Van de Ven. There were no real claim for a penalty, which is a bit of a surprise. Gomez definitely got to the ball first. I think Van de Ven got a very slight touch a split-second later, though I’d like to see it again to be sure.

38 min “The refs have a hard enough job without pundits getting on like that and saying he’s ruined the game for giving a legitimate red card,” writes Samuel Campbell. “Neville stopped playing more than 10 years ago. What he did or what decisions were given when he was playing is irrelevant.”

What a fine team goal. Maddison dropped deep to collect, turned and slid a gorgeous pass inside Gomez. Richarlison timed his run perfectly and flicked an insouciant first-time cross towards Son, who got between Matip and Van Dijk to score. Sheer delightful football from Tottenham.

GOAL! Tottenham 1-0 Liverpool (Son 36)

Lads, it’s Tottenham.

Son scores a goal
Son makes the breakthrough for Spurs! Photograph: John Walton/PA


35 min “It seems like (and I’m a Norwich fan so I have no skin in the game) that whoever was in charge of the monitor was pretty keen for the referee to change his mind,” says Dan Christmas. “It was on a still frame of the studs in the shin when he initially went over, which is no use to anyone - you can hold up the Leaning Tower of Pisa in a still frame...”

I’m surprised how many people are disputing the decision. In 2023 that feels like a fairly straightforward red card. Whether it should be is a different matter, and I do understand Gary Neville’s point – especially when there’s the added complication of Jones’s foot slipping.

34 min: No goal It was fractionally offside.

34 min: Diaz has a goal disallowed! It was beautifully taken, clipped across Vicario on the run, and it will be checked. I think he’s onside you know.

33 min: Chance for Richarlison! Spurs work the ball neatly on the edge of the area: Maddison to Kulusevski and across to Richarlison, who wafts over the bar with his left foot. That was a pretty good chance.

31 min Here’s the tackle that led to Curtis Jones being sent off.


.@GNev2 disagrees...

— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) September 30, 2023

30 min Maddison plays a one-two with Porro, shifts the ball onto his left foot and guides a curler towards the far corner. Alisson springs to his right to not only save the ball but also hold it, Bruce Grobbelaar-style.

29 min Liverpool have switched to a 4-4-1, with Gakpo on the right and Salah up front. They’re back at St James’ Park, and they’ve got the big man on the bench again today.

28 min Jones definitely wasn’t trying to do Bissouma. I suppose the pertinent question is whether he endangered Bissouma’s safety; I think he did, even if he was unlucky that his foot slipped off the top of the ball.

Curtis Jones is sent off!

He laughs wryly as he walks off, and is consoled by James Maddison. “I might be wrong, I’m less sure than I’ve ever been,” says Gary Neville on Sky, “but as an ex-player I don’t think he was trying to do Bissouma.”

Curtis Jones  fouls Yves Bissouma
It doesn’t look good, Gary. Photograph: Marc Atkins/Getty Images


26 min Gary Neville is pleading that it looks worse than it is. Even so, I think he’ll be sent off here – his studs went into Bissouma’s leg.

25 min Jones won the ball and then his foot slipped into the shin of Bissouma. Simon Hooper is going to the monitor.

24 min Jones is booked for a studs-up lunge on Bissouma. It’s being checked by VAR for a possible red card. I think he’s in big trouble here.

24 min Spurs have actually had more of the ball, but Liverpool have had seven shots to one.

22 min Salah plays in the underlapping Gomez, whose excellent cross beats everyone in the six-yard box. None of the Liverpool players gambled.

22 min Spurs are struggling to get James Maddison on the ball. Salah’s 20-yarder deflects behind for a … goalkick. He’s not happy.

20 min Spurs threaten to break from the resulting corner but Szoboszlai makes an important tackle on Kulusevski. Liverpool are on top at the moment.

19 min Szoboszlai’s cross from behind just evades Diaz, unmarked near the penalty spot. Jones collects the ball and drives a left-footed shot that deflects behind.

18 min Spurs appeal for a penalty when a cross hits Van Dijk’s arm. It was tucked into his body, so Stockley Park’s finest can stand down.

16 min Diaz jumps for a high ball with Romero and elbows him in the face. The referee decides it’s not worth a yellow card.

15 min “Liverpool goalscoring midfielders since Gerrard?” wonders Richard McGahey. “Coutinho scored 54 in all competitions before funding some of our best transfers.”

I wondered about him but I thought he generally played as a wide forward until they signed Mo Salah in 2017. I might be misremembering.


13 min: Fine double save from Vicario! This is warming up very nicely. Diaz plays in the underlapping Robertson, whose excellent first-time cross finds Gakpo unmarked eight yards out. He takes a touch and screws a left-foot shot that kicks up and is pushed away to his right by Vicario. The ball rebounds to Robertson, whose vicious follow-up from a tight angle is turned round the near post.

Vicario saves a shot from Andy Robertson.
Vicario denies Andy Robertson. Photograph: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images


11 min After some lovely passing in midfield from Spurs, Maddison waves the ball out to Richarlison on the left. He goes outside Gomez and drags a brilliant low cross that rolls teasingly through the six-yard box. Kulusevski was on his heels, presumably because he didn’t expect a cross like from Richarlison.

8 min Porro moves infield and plays the ball out to Kulusevski. He cuts into the area, opens his body and sidefoots a shot that is well blocked by Van Dijk.

7 min Apropos nothing, check this out.

5 min Udogie makes an important challenge on Salah in the area. Liverpool, who have conceded the first goal in most games this season, look extremely keen to change the record.

4 min The resulting corner is half cleared to Mac Allister, who volleys wide from 20 yards. Liverpool have made a bright start.

Alexis Mac Allister
Alexis Mac Allister nips in front of James Maddison. Photograph: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images


4 min Van Dijk pings a crossfield pass out to Salah on the right. He shuffles infield, all business, and squares the ball invitingly to Diaz, whose first-time shot from 15 yards is smothered by Pedro Porro. That was a vital bit of defending.

2 min Sarr nicks a loose ball in midfield and finds Son, who feeds it out to Richarlison. His flat cross is headed away by the stretching Matip.

1 min Peep peep! Liverpool kick off from left to right as we watch.

“My favourite of the new Red signings has got to be Szoboszlai,” swoons Joe Pearson. “What a revelation! I forgot what it felt like to have a midfielder who’s an actual scoring threat. I know I’m exaggerating, but it seems like we haven’t had that since Gerrard.”

That’s harsh on Gini Wijnaldum, but I know what you mean. It’s not just that Szoboszlai scores goals; it’s that, like Gerrard, he deals mainly in blockbusters.


The players are in the tunnel. These players, to be precise.

Spurs (possible 4-1-2-3) Vicario; Porro, Romero, Van de Ven, Udogie; Bissouma; Sarr, Maddison; Kulusevski, Son, Richarlison.
Substitutes: Forster, Emerson Royal, Davies, Phillips, Hojbjerg, Skipp, Solomon, Veliz, Donley.

Liverpool (4-1-2-3) Alisson; Gomez, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Mac Allister; Szoboszlai, Jones; Salah, Gakpo, Diaz.
Substitutes: Kelleher, Endo, Konate, Nunez, Elliott, Jota, Tsimikas, Gravenberch, Alexander-Arnold.

Referee Simon Hooper.

I absolutely loved Ange’s quotes on managing young players,” writes Yash Gupta. “Under another manager and another setup, Udogie might’ve folded against Arsenal after early setback but he played well after the first goal. Some of it was down to Udogie and some of it was down to Ange.

“There is Sarr as well, with Philips and Donley on the bench, and youngsters training with the first team not as a traffic cone. I mean I’m quite young (24) but I can only imagine this positive approach suits everyone in squad or in life really. Crazy how simple this approach is!”

Postecoglou’s interviews remind me a little bit of an old David Gower quote: “It’s hard work making batting look effortless.” But yes, Postecoglou sits alongside Ben Stokes, Brendon McCullum and Roberto De Zerbi on the list of People I Want To Work For In The Next Life.


Ange Postecoglou says Richarlison will start on the left, with Son Heung-min staying up front. Given Son’s form since he moved infield, five goals in three games, it was a pretty easy decision.

Ange Postecoglou confirms Richarlison will start on the left of Spurs' attack...🇧🇷

— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) September 30, 2023


Jurgen Klopp says Darwin Nunez is unfit to start because of a bone problem, hence the change up front.

“Hello Rob, increasingly tense Liverpool fan here,” says Graeme Neill. “Not a big fan of the Ange Postecoglou era. Spurs are meant to be a laughing stock, not a quite likeable bunch of lads managed by your cuddly uncle who would have bought you booze when you were 15.”

This feels like a litmus test for both teams. I know you beat Newcastle, but that was a slightly freakish (if glorious) victory. Away form will decide whether you challenge for the league, so this and next week’s trip to Brighton are pretty significant.

Premier League results

Fair to say it’s been an extremely good day so far for Liverpool, with Everton and both Manchester clubs losing.

  • Aston Villa 6-1 Brighton

  • Bournemouth 0-4 Arsenal

  • Everton 1-2 Luton

  • Man Utd 0-1 Crystal Palace

  • Newcastle 2-0 Burnley

  • West Ham 2-0 Sheff Utd

  • Wolves 2-1 Man City


Wolves’ shock win over Manchester City means Liverpool will go top of the table if they win today

There’s plenty going on in the 3pm games. Get the latest news with Barry Glendenning.

Team news: Richarlison starts

Both teams make one change from their last Premier League games. Richarlison replaces the injured Brennan Johnson for Spurs; Cody Gakpo is preferred to Darwin Nunez for Liverpool. Trent Alexander-Arnold is fit enough for the bench.

Spurs (4-1-2-3) Vicario; Porro, Romero, Van de Ven, Udogie; Bissouma; Sarr, Maddison; Kulusevski, Son, Richarlison.
Substitutes: Forster, Emerson Royal, Davies, Phillips, Hojbjerg, Skipp, Solomon, Veliz, Donley.

Liverpool (4-1-2-3) Alisson; Gomez, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Mac Allister; Szoboszlai, Jones; Salah, Gakpo, Diaz.
Substitutes: Kelleher, Endo, Konate, Nunez, Elliott, Jota, Tsimikas, Gravenberch, Alexander-Arnold.

Referee Simon Hooper.



The advantage of having a Big Seven – as opposed to, say, a Big One – is that you get more Big games. There are 42 a season in the league alone, and this weekend’s is particularly mouthwatering: born-again Spurs against rebooted Liverpool.

Both teams are unbeaten in the Premier League, scoring goals galore and furnishing their fans with fresh hope – Spurs of finishing in the top four, Liverpool of challenging Manchester City. Both passed their toughest test to date, Spurs at Arsenal and Liverpool at Newcastle.

Jurgen Klopp started life as Liverpool manager with a goalless draw away to Spurs. Since then he has had Spurs’ number, with 11 wins and only one defeat. Ange Postecoglou, managing for the first time against the team he adored as a kid, would love to change that.

Kick off 5.30pm.


Rob Smyth

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