Ahead of Liverpool’s clash with rivals Tottenham Hotspur, I examine five key battles which could decide the outcome of the match.

Only a win will realistically do for a Liverpool side which has endured a nightmare start to 2017 and seen their title hopes all but extinguished.

It was one step forward against Chelsea when a gutsy display earned a 1-1 draw, but then two steps back last weekend at Hull as the Reds fell to an agonising 2-0 defeat which saw them slip out of the four.

As they prepare for the visit of Chelsea’s nearest challengers, though, Jurgen Klopp’s men will take solace from their unbeaten record against the top six this season.

In fact, the Reds have already faced Spurs twice this season, taking a point at White Hart Lane back in August before dumping the Londoners out of the EFL Cup in October courtesy of a 2-1 win on home soil.

The visitors are in impressive form, winning seven of their last nine league games, but a morale-boosting victory is up for grabs if the Redmen can prevail in the following battles…

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