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18 min: Trent Alexander-Arnold whips a splendid cross from the right into the Spurs penalty areas after good hold-up play from Mo Salah on the touchline. Emerson Royal heads clear.

15 min: Ryan Sessegnon beats Trent Alexander-Arnold for speed down the left flank and sends in a cross for Kulusevski at the far post. The ball bounces up and hits the Tottenham man’s hand and the denizens of the Kop leave referee Michael Oliver in no doubt that Kulusevski handled the ball.

13 min: Liverpool are bossing the game but Tottenham look threatening on the counter – much like you’d expect. There’s a break in play as Dejan Kulusevski receives treatment after appearing to twist his ankle.

12 min: Spurs get in behind Liverpool’s high defensive line and Harry Kane takes down a Hojgbjerg cross from the right in the Liverpool penalty area. His shot is blocked brilliantly by Henderson, who did well to get back.

Great block: Henderson smothers Kane’s attempt.
Great block: Henderson smothers Kane’s attempt. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

10 min: A little over 10 minutes in and Tottenham are struggling to play through the Liverpool press. Mo Salah has a shot blocked by Eric Dier at the end of a Liverpool counter-attack. It’s a corner for the Reds. Andy Robertson’s outswinger is cleared by Dier.

9 min: Ryan Sessegnon combines with Son down the left touchline but Fabinho puts a stop to the South Korean’s gallop.

7 min: Tottenham attack on the break but Ibrahima Konate disrupts Son’s rhythm, without quite winning the ball. The ball is spread wide to Kane, whose cross into the penalty area towards Son from the right is intercepted by Alisson, who was quick of his line to parry the ball clear.

Alisson in action with Tottenham Hotspur’s Son Heung-min.
Alisson in action with Tottenham Hotspur’s Son Heung-min. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

5 min: Eric Dier heads a scooped Mo Salah pass into the Spurs penalty area clear, albeit unconvincingly. He was leaning backwards and couldn’t get much force behind the ball.

5 min: Jordan Henderson overhits a pass to Trent Alexander-Arnold near the right touchline and sends the ball out of play for a Spurs throw-in halfway inside their own half.

4 min: Sadio Mane tries a shot from distance but it’s straight down the gullet of Hugo Lloris. Liverpool are in the ascendency early doors.

1 min: Tottenham attack the Kop end in the first half but it’s Liverpool who enjoy the first sortie forward. Emerson Royal wins the ball for Spurs in the Spurs left-back position and passes to Rodrigo Bentancur, who immediately loses it. The ball breaks to Sadio Mane, who completely misses the ball with an attempted scissor-kick.

Sadio Mane
Mane misses his shot. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur is go …

Premier League: Tottenham get the ball rolling with the strains of a typically rousing rendition of You’ll Never Walk Alone still echoing around the stadium.

Not long now: The teams convene in the Anfield tunnel and both sets of players are led out by referee Michael Oliver and his team of match officials. A win for Liverpool will take them two points clear of Manchester City at the top of the table, while three points would bring Tottenham Hotspur one clear of Arsenal into fourth place, just three behind Chelsea.

Tottenham Hotspur
Harry and chums warm up at Anfield. Photograph: Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images

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Harry Kane
Harry Kane faces some pre-match interrogatory projectiles from BT Sport’s Des Kelly. Photograph: Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC/Getty Images
Mo Salah
A cheerful looking Mo Salah gets his stretch on in the Liverpool warm-up. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

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Those teams: Luis Diaz and captain Jordan Henderson return to Liverpool’s starting line-up after starting on the bench against Villarreal in midweek. Diogo Jota and Naby Keita make way. Bobby Firmino is not in the matchday squad.

Tottenham manager Antonio Conte makes just one change from last weekend’s 3-1 win over Leicester, with Dejan Kulusevski replacing Lucas Moura, as predicted.

Anfield's Hillsborough Memorial
Fans of both teams pay their rerspects at the Hillsborough Memorial at Anfield. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur line-ups

Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Konate, van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Fabinho, Thiago, Salah, Mane, Diaz.

Subs: Milner, Keita, Gomez, Jones, Jota, Tsimikas, Origi, Matip, Kelleher.

Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Romero, Dier, Davies, Emerson, Bentancur, Hojbjerg, Sessegnon, Kulusevski, Kane, Son.

Subs: Sanchez, Winks, Rodon, Gollini, Bergwijn, Lucas Moura, White, Scarlett, Matthew Craig.

Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland)

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Tonight’s match officials

  • Referee: Michael Oliver
  • Assistants: Stuart Burt and Simon Bennett
  • Fourth official: Martin Atkinson
  • VAR: Darren England
  • Assistant VAR: Marc Perry
Michael Oliver
Michael Oliver is in charge of maintaining on-field order at Anfield tonight. Photograph: Hollandse Hoogte/REX/Shutterstock

Early team news

Somewhat remarkably, considering they are still fighting on four fronts at this late stage of the season, Roberto Firmino is Liverpool’s only slight concern but the Brazilian has been back in training after recovering from a foot injury and could feature.

Jurgen Klopp may rotate his squad following their midweek exertions against Villarreal and some or all of Jordan Henderson, Joel Matip, Kostas Tsimikas and Luis Diaz might start tonight.

Tottenham Hotspur remain without Sergio Reguilon, Matt Doherty, Japhet Tanganga and Oliver Skipp but have no fresh injury concerns. Dejan Kulusevski was rested for over half of their game against Leicester last weekend but may start instead of Lucas Moura tonight.

Dejan Kulusevski
Dejan Kulusevski could return to Tottenham’s starting line-up at ANfield tonight. Photograph: Action Foto Sport/NurPhoto/REX/Shutterstock

Premier League: Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur

It’s an uncharacteristically late Saturday evening kick-off at Anfield, where Liverpool will hope to ramp up the pressure on Manchester City in the title race with a victory over Spurs. A win for Jurgen Klopp’s side would see them take a two point lead at the top of the table ahead of City’s match against Newcastle United tomorrow.

Currently in fifth place, two points behind Arsenal with four games left to play, victory for Tottenham would send them into the Champions League places overnight, with their north London rivals scheduled to play relegation-threatened Leeds United at the Emirates tomorrow afternoon.

There’s plenty at stake for both sides at Anfield, where kick-off is at 7.45pm. Stay tuned in the meantime for team news and build-up.



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