To say Tottenham fans aren’t feeling confident about today would be an understatement of the highest order.
Spurs are currently winless in 2020, losing to Southampton on New Year’s Day which was followed up by a disappointing 1-1 draw against Championship side Middlesbrough in the FA Cup, and the long-term injury of Harry Kane has only dampened the mood around the north London club.
In contrast to Liverpool, who remain unbeaten this season in the Premier League and still sit 13 points ahead of second-place Leicester City with a game in hand as the table shows, it is easy to suggest that Spurs are royally screwed for tonight’s game at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Yet football is a game where underdogs do prevail, with Jose Mourinho’s side experiencing this first-hand last month as Spurs fell to a 2-0 defeat at home to a Chelsea team coming into the game in poor form and yet to beat a typical top-six club under Frank Lampard.
This underdog status is something Tottenham will be carrying with them into tonight’s game against Jurgen Klopp’s seemingly unbeatable Liverpool side, but Spurs playing the role of David in their battle against Goliath could hand Mourinho’s squad an unusual confidence boost against the reigning Champions League holders.
Indeed, Mourinho knows what it’s like to upset the odds, especially against Liverpool, with the Portuguese manager famously helming a Chelsea side that derailed the Reds late surge for a Premier League title in the 2013/14 season in a 2-0 win against the Merseyside club.
Tottenham have a valid reason to feel the world is against them with Liverpool coming down to the capital, but if the Premier League has taught us anything this season, is that upsets are always on the cards, and Spurs need one more than any side this weekend.