5 reasons Liverpool will defeat Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 06: Sadio Mane of Liverpool celebrates after scoring his sides fourth goal with Roberto Firmino of Liverpool during the UEFA Champions League group E match between Liverpool FC and Spartak Moskva at Anfield on December 6, 2017 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 06: Sadio Mane of Liverpool celebrates after scoring his sides fourth goal with Roberto Firmino of Liverpool during the UEFA Champions League group E match between Liverpool FC and Spartak Moskva at Anfield on December 6, 2017 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images) /
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Virgil van Dijk of Liverpool reacts during The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Liverpool and West Bromwich Albion at Anfield (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images) /

No.3: Different Defense

If you cast your mind back to that horrid evening at Wembley you will recall that after 30 minutes of rank incompetence Lovren got the hook. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain came on for him. Emre Can went to right back and Joe Gomez shuffled over next to Joel Matip. We were a shambles.

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I wish I could tell you that Liverpool have been almost flawless since that day but losing leads to Arsenal, Sevilla and West Brom tell you that we are still capable of the shambolic. It isn’t fixed. But it is different.

Since that collapse at Wembley we have added our record signing Virgil van Dijk from Southampton for £75 million. He’s pretty good at the old association football, don’t you know. Not only does he bring more strength, aerial prowess and pace to the side but also leadership and great organization.

While the addition of van Dijk is the most notable difference there are a couple of other plusses. In Andy Robertson we have an exciting young full back who is taking leaps and bounds towards being a top Premier League full back. His best game for the Reds was against the best opposition.

It is easy to forget that Joe Gomez was still working out the right back position when we played Spurs earlier in the year. And then he had to play center back. This time round he’ll get to show off his consistency at the position and keep Son Heung-Min under wraps.