By Harvey Byrne
Charlie Nicholas has predicted Liverpool to beat Tottenham 2-1 in the EFL Cup on Tuesday night, with home advantage edging a close encounter.
Sky Sports pundit Nicholas has backed Jurgen Klopp’s in form side to beat a Spurs team, which are so far unbeaten in the Premier League.
Only one point separates the two teams with Liverpool currently in third place with 20 points and Tottenham in fifth place on 19.
They have already met at White Hart Lane in the new campaign, playing out a 1-1 stalemate and now ex-Arsenal man Nicholas has predicted the Anfield roar will spur the Merseysiders on to victory.
“You know what, I know we’re all excited about the Manchester derby because of all that’s going on there, but this is the best footballing game for me,” Nicholas wrote in his Sky Sports column.
“There will be a few changes and Spurs will probably switch their full-backs as usual, Vincent Janssen should come back in for another chance and Kevin Wimmer could get a game, although it will take him a bit of time to get up to speed.
“I’ll be interested to see what team Jurgen Klopp goes for. Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi need a game but will he jeopardise the system to incorporate them?
“Spurs are well drilled and Liverpool can be frustrated, as we’ve seen in recent games, failing to break down Manchester United then falling over the line at the weekend against West Brom after we got very excited about them.
“I’m finding this a tough one to call and it could go either way, but I’m going for Liverpool on home advantage.”
Liverpool are currently unbeaten in nine fixtures in all competitions, with seven victories and a 2-1 win over Tony Pulis’ West Brom side in their most recent clash.
They will welcome a Spurs team, who are currently unbeaten in eight fixtures in all competitions, but they have struggled to three draws in their last three fixtures without star striker Harry Kane.
Both sides will be more focused on their respective league campaigns, but they will also be keen to get their hands on some silverware.
In other Liverpool news, both the Reds and Spurs have tweeted out videos ahead of the EFL Cup clash.