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Tottenham Hotspur V Liverpool: Premier League – Live

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1 min Peep peep! Liverpool, specifically Harvey Elliott, kick off from left to right as we watch.

Right, here come the players. Let’s get it on.

West Ham 1-2 Crystal Palace

John Brewin was at the London Stadium to watch Crystal Palace do an away win.

“Liverpool have outplayed Man City, and beaten a Napoli side who are flying this season,” says Matt Dony. “And they’ve lost to Forest and Leeds. This kind of inconsistency is obviously frustrating, but it’s doubly worrying when coming up against an equally flaky team. Spurs can be great, and they can be appalling. (But never entertaining, amirite, Antonio?) Counter-intuitively, the better Spurs play, I think the better chance Liverpool have. Who knows any more!”

Southampton 1-4 Newcastle

Sam Dalling was at St Mary’s to see Newcastle empathise with Southampton. Here’s his report.

“Newcastle had an empathic win, did they?” says Peter Dawes. “Arm-round-the-shoulder kinda thing? ‘We understand how you feel, we have often felt the same way ourselves y’know.’”

It’s my favourite typo since I criticised a cricketer for playing a useless cut stroke in 2010.

Aston Villa 3-1 Man Utd

Ben Fisher was at Villa Park to watch Unai Emery get off to a flying start.

“Four top forwards, one week into November and only Kane is starting,” says Yash Gupta. “Moura feeling pain as well. Still a good lineup to get a win and Gil is on the bench to bring chaos. Hopefully both teams make this a wild game like last season, starting with an own goal from both teams making defending an afterthought.”

If this ends 0-0, I’ll eat my cliche.

There were three 2pm games, and this is how they finished.

Aston Villa 3-1 Man Utd

Southampton 1-4 Newcastle

West Ham 1-2 Crystal Palace

We’ll have full match reports shortly. Newcastle’s empathic win moves them above Spurs into third place, though Spurs will leapfrog them if they win.

Harvey Elliott was given a rest in midweek but he’s back today, living life to the max.

Style v substance

Team newsTwo changes for Spurs fron the midweek win in France. Emerson Royal and Yves Bissouma replace Lucas Moura and the injured Son Heung-min. It looks like Ivan Perisic will play just behind Harry Kane. Dejan Kulusevski, who hasn’t played since September, is on the bench.

For Liverpool, Andy Robertson, Harvey Elliott and Darwin Nunez come into the side, with Kostas Tsimikas, James Milner and Curtis Jones dropping out.

Tottenham Hotspur (possible 3-5-1-1) Lloris; Dier, Lenglet, Davies; Emerson Royal, Bentancur, Bissouma, Hojbjerg, Sessegnon; Perisic; Kane.

Substitutes: Forster, Doherty, Sanchez, Tanganga, Sarr, Skipp, Kulusevski, Gil, Lucas Moura.

Liverpool (possible 4-D-2) Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho; Elliott, Thiago; Firmino; Salah, Nunez.

Substitutes: Kelleher, Gomez, Tsimikas, Ramsay, Bajcetic, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jones, Carvalho.

Referee Andy Madley.

PreambleHello and welcome to live coverage of Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool from the WHERE IS THAT BLOODY SPONSOR YOU’VE HAD THREE YEARS NOW IF THIS ISN’T THE ASK JEEVES STADIUM BY NEXT WEEKEND I’LL STICK MY BOOT RIGHT UP YOUR BOTTOM LINE Stadium. The good news for Antonio Conte and Jurgen Klopp is that only one team can concede the first goal. Both have specialised in going 1-0 down this season: Spurs 11 times, Liverpool 10. They have recovered to win a few of them (Spurs 5, Liverpool 2), but it’s not a sustainable or desirable business model.

Spurs had a difficult October, with three league defeats and growing criticism of Antonio Conte’s preferred cloth-cutting methods, but they remain in contention for all the major prizes. Be careful what you wish for and all that: this time last year Spurs were tenth in the league and playing in the Europa Conference League.

Liverpool have gone in the opposite direction, from chasing a quadruple to hoping for a top-four finish. They still haven’t won away from home in the league this season, a barely believable statistic, and are closer to 20th place than to fourth.

A team who were once remorselessly consistent have become wildly unpredictable – capable of winning 9-0 and 7-1 but also losing to the bottom team in consecutive matches. For us neutrals, that makes this game even more exciting.

Kick off 4.30pm.

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