Liverpool to keep marching on

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  • Saturday, 11 Jan 2020

Henderson’s experience in holding the central midfield role has helped Liverpool maintain an unbeaten league run.

WITH more senior players added to the injury list, surely there will be questions on whether Liverpool can maintain their current hot streak.

James Milner is the latest added to the casualty list alongside first team players Naby Keita, Dejan Lovren, Fabinho and Nathaniel Clyne.

So just how much more do the Reds have in their tank before it runs empty?

Supporters of rival clubs will surely hope and want to see the unbeaten streak, which has now lasted for a year, to finally come to an end.

Sorry to burst any bubbles but the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this weekend will not be where this splendid run will end.

For a start, Liverpool are brimming with confidence, having chalked up wins after wins.

Their performances have also vastly improved this past month, finally looking the part where they left off last season.

It was initially feared that the hectic December schedule would affect the Reds but they have continued to get good results.

Led by the energetic and often unappreciated Jordan Henderson, Liverpool are showing great resilience as they continue to defy the odds.

After the Club World Cup win over Flamengo, the Reds then followed it up by demolishing second-placed Leicester 4-0. The win over the Foxes was followed by energetic displays in 1-0 and 2-0 wins over Wolves and Sheffield United respectively.

Secondly, the front three of newly crowned 2019 African Player of the Year Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino are at their devastating best again.

The trio have been a joy to watch as they run rings around opposition defenders with their speed, skills and swag, while taking turns to score goals.

More so, goals are also being contributed from all over the pitch, from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Thirdly, Alisson Becker is also back to his best after returning from injury as he has kept clean sheets in the last five league games.

Supported by the back four of Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson, Liverpool now have the meanest defence with only 14 goals conceded.

Fourthly, in the absence of the injured players, Liverpool still have a pool of talented youngsters and reserves that Jurgen Klopp can call upon.

A case in point was during last week’s 1-0 FA Cup win over Everton which featured four teenagers in Curtis Jones, Neco Williams,

Yasser Larouci and Harvey Elliot.

All of them have shown they have what it takes to step up in place of their seniors.

Even forgotten man Pedro Chirivella, who joined Liverpool in 2013 and whose contract ends this summer, played with so much conviction that a new deal is being considered to retain his services.

It must be said that Tottenham can still pose a threat but their recent league form, which has been erratic, suggests otherwise.

They could only muster two wins, with two losses and a draw in their last five league matches.

At sixth spot and six points behind fourth-placed Chelsea, there is still much to do.

It almost seemed like Jose Mourinho is still figuring which formation best suits his team.

Mourinho used a 4-2-3-1 formation against Southampton and Wolves, losing to the former but winning against the latter.

The other formations he

used included 3-1-4-2 against Norwich City, 3-4-2-1 (Brighton) and 4-3-3 (Chelsea), with mixed results.

Losing their talismanic goal-scoring machine Harry Kane until April to injury is certainly a huge blow for Mourinho as he does not have a like-for-like replacement.

While the likes of Lucas Moura, Son Heung-min and Dele Alli could play up front, it is just not the same without the the prolific English striker.

Coupled with Tottenham’s leaky defence, it could prove to be a challenge to contain a rampaging Liverpool strike force even though they have the home advantage.

There is no reason why Liverpool cannot bag all three points today. As long as they can maintain their intensity and high pressing game while limiting the spaces for Moura, Son, Alli and Christian Eriksen to roam on the pitch, full points are there for the taking.

Mourinho could even park his double-decker bus but try as they might, Liverpool will most likely not be defeated in London today.

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