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Will Liverpool end their slump against Tottenham Hotspur?

:Headline: Will Liverpool end their slump against Tottenham Hotspur?:
The Reds won the reverse fixture 2-1 in December thanks to Roberto Firmino's stoppage-time goal.
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Tottenham take on Liverpool on Thursday night in a crucial game for both sides' aspirations of challenging for the Premier League title.

Here, the PA news agency takes a look at the talking points.

Mourinho v Klopp

Jose Mourinho, right, and Jurgen Klopp exchanged words at full-time of December's reverse fixture (Clive Brunskill/PA)

December's reverse fixture, which Liverpool won 2-1 with a stoppage-time goal, ended in an exchange of words between Jose Mourinho and Jurgen Klopp as one of the biggest current managerial rivalries heated up.

Mourinho told his counterpart that "the best team lost", which did Klopp did not take lying down. However, the German should not have minded too much as it extended his good record over Mourinho.

In the 12 games they have come up against each other, in games between Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid, Liverpool and Manchester United, and Liverpool against Tottenham, Klopp has been on the winning side six times. Four have been draws and Mourinho has won just twice, the last coming in a 2-1 win for Manchester United in 2018.

Will Liverpool end their slump?

Spurs' over-reliance on Kane and Son has been exacerbated by the underwhelming return of Gareth Bale, who has been hit by injury and illness in his second stint in north London.

The Wales international has shown nothing of the form that made him the world's most expensive player in 2013 or a four-time Champions League winner at Real Madrid and has spent most of the season on the bench or in the treatment room.

Indeed, he has played just 45 minutes of Premier League action since early November and that is simply not enough.

He did get through his first 90 minutes of the season against Wycombe in the FA Cup on Monday so Mourinho will be hoping that he is now in a position to begin influencing league games.

He is likely to start on the bench against Liverpool, but could be ready to make an impact if he is called upon.

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2Manchester UnitedMan Utd27149453322151
3Leicester CityLeicester27155746311550
4West Ham UnitedWest Ham2613674031945
5Chelsea26128641251644
6Liverpool26127747341343
7Everton2513483833543
8Tottenham HotspurSpurs25116841271439
9Aston Villa251231038271139
10Arsenal26114113427737
11Leeds UnitedLeeds26112134344-135
12Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2797112837-934
13Crystal Palace2797112943-1434
14Southampton2686123144-1330
15Burnley2778121935-1629
16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton26511102633-726
17Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2675142744-1726
18Fulham26411112132-1123
19West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom2638152055-3517
20Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd2742211643-2714
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