Tactical Analysis: Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool

At Globall Coach, we are taking a tactical and statistical look ahead to a big game every weekend, and the biggest game in the Premier League this week is undoubtedly at Wembley; Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool.

It’s a game between two sides who are looking to be in the mix for honours at the top of the division come the end of the season, so this will be a good yardstick as to where they currently sit in the progress towards that goal.

Liverpool have enjoyed a 100% start to the league season so far, four wins out of four, and sit prettily at the top of the table. Early days, of course, but it has been a promising start for Jurgen Klopp’s men and they will need to continue that to get a positive result from this match.

Spurs have won three out of their four fixtures so far, losing in their last outing away at Watford, so will be looking to erase the memory of that result and return to winning ways at their temporary home ground.


Formation wise, Liverpool will almost certainly set up in the 4-3-3 system which has served them well in recent years with a high press to put the Spurs defence under pressure.

Tottenham, on the other hand, have utilised a couple of different systems so far this season; 4-2-3-1 and 3-5-2. We’ve set them up in the Globall Coach Formation sheet (left) with a back three, to go mano a mano against Liverpool’s front three, but Mauricio Pocchetino could easily play a back four and use Dier and Dembele as the two holding midfielders to give added protection to the defence.

The game falls after an international break where both teams have seen the majority of their first team squad away with their respective countries. From the predicted line ups (see left), only Michel Vorm, Lucas Moura (Tottenham) and James Milner (Liverpool) have not been away.

In addition, the Champions League is on the horizon and starting next week, so it will be interesting to see if either side have half an eye on that as they select their team for this league encounter.

Attacking wise, both sides are strong with some exceptional options in forward areas. The aforementioned front three of Liverpool; Firmino, Mane and Salah, are one of the best trios you’ll find in world football, while Spurs have Harry Kane who has a great goalscoring record over the past three or four years in the Premier League.

At the other end of the pitch, though, we have found some interesting statistics. So far this season, Liverpool have conceded an average of 7.75 shots per game on their goal, while the same figure for Spurs is 13.75. It is the same players for Pochettino’s team, but this season they do appear to allow the opposition a few more opportunities than previously, a worrying statistic when you are facing the forwards Liverpool have at their disposal. Defending set pieces has also been an issue for concern for them, as we discussed in a previous blog (read here).

Finally, there has been a lot of talk about Liverpool’s throw in coach in recent weeks, indeed we did a blog when he was appointed about how coaching a longer throw can help to create more goalscoring opportunities. This season, we’ve seen Liverpool utilise a long throw into the penalty area from time to time. This, along with quality delivery into the penalty area from corners and free kicks, could create problems for the Spurs defence who have had difficulty dealing with balls into their box in the early stages of the season.

Liverpool have scored from a corner kick so far this season, against West Ham United on the opening weekend of the season, a routine we have created in Globall Coach below.

It is all set to be an excellent game and one we’re very much looking forward to.

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Paul Harper