It was the most disappointing league result in nearly two months, but even after Sunday’s draw against Crystal Palace, Tottenham Hotspur remains in first place. This four-matchweek stretch on top of the table could finally come to an end on Wednesday, though, as defending champion Liverpool enters the contest level on points.
For whatever reason, the Reds just seem to have Spurs’ number. Since the start of the 2013/14 season, Tottenham is just 1-4-9 against Liverpool in the Premier League, and that does not even include the painful Champions League Final. Last season brought two more losses, both narrow defeats, but representative of a hill that has proved difficult to overcome.
If this season is going to be something special, there is no better barometer than how Tottenham fares against Liverpool. The Reds are the team most likely to challenge for the top spot, and if Spurs can take points from the two fixtures that have rarely yielded anything in the past, then maybe this year can be something different.
Despite Sunday’s draw, Tottenham remains in excellent form. Liverpool has dealt with some injuries but has still kept pace in the league, though three of its last five matches have ended in draws. Shared points at Anfield would be a great result for Spurs at this point in the season, but in terms of mentality and trajectory, a win would be a monumental occasion.
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