It may not feel like it, but today marks the start of the second half of the season for Tottenham Hotspur. Technically, the team has yet to face Aston Villa after a Covid-19 postponement, but a visit from Liverpool represents the first reverse fixture of the league schedule, which feels a little odd coming at the end of January.
Spurs had a surprising stint at the top of the table during the first half of the year, but now sit on the top-four bubble. Thanks to the numerous postponements and reschedules it can be hard to fully gauge the team’s true standing, but with over 50 percent of the season left to play, the biggest takeaway is that there is plenty of time left to make a run.
Thursday brings another match against the least-pleasant team to face. No Spurs supporter needs to be reminded that the Reds have won six straight contests, including a 2-1 victory at Anfield in December. Despite a quick equalizer by Heung-Min Son on a lethal counter, Tottenham still found a way to lose, this time on a last-minute Roberto Firmino header.
If there ever was a time to get over the hump, this would be it for Spurs. Liverpool has been dreadful lately, drawing three times and losing twice over its past five Premier League matches and scoring a total of one (!!!) goal during this span. As a result, Tottenham is just one point behind the Reds — with a game in hand — heading into Thursday. It is completely fair to expect the worst, but maybe this can springboard the team into the second half of the season.
⭐️ #TOTLIV TEAM NEWS ⭐️— Liverpool FC (@LFC) January 28, 2021
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