A match with top of the table consequences is the only Premier League offering on Thursday night, as Liverpool travel to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to take on Jose Mourinho's Spurs.
Both sides have topped the pile at one point or another this season, but find themselves struggling for consistency right now, with the rest of the challenging pack overtaking them in the hunt for the Premier League title.
Spurs go into the game eight points behind leaders Manchester City, having topped the table as recently as December. A month is a long time in football, and this season especially, and a poor run over Christmas has saw them lose ground on their fellow challengers.
Going into the game, Mourinho has spoken of injuries causing him headaches, with full-backs Matt Doherty and Ben Davies both missing with problems, while Giovanni Lo Celso and Dele Alli are also both out. The rest of the squad should be available though, with key men Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min both fine after being called into action when Spurs were pushed by Wycombe in the FA Cup earlier this week.
Liverpool’s injury issues are slightly more serious, although not as bad as they have been in recent months. The loss of almost all their senior centre-backs has seen them slip away from the top of the table, but Jurgen Klopp should have Joel Matip back for the trip to the Capital.
Jordan Henderson missed the FA Cup defeat to Manchester United last weekend, but is also expected to return to midfield alongside Thiago and Gini Wijnaldum.
Naby Keita, Joe Gomez, Virgil van Dijk and Diogo Jota are all long-term absentees, with the Portugal striker probably the closest to a return around March-time.
With the sides separated in the table by a single point, the game carries huge significance in the race for the top four, which seems to swing one way then the other as each gameweek completes. Liverpool’s first home loss in almost four years to Burnley last time out summed up their recent problems, as they failed to score in their fourth league game in a row.
If they are to break that duck, they’ll have to find a way past a Spurs side that boast the second fewest goals conceded in the league this season. Only Manchester City have shipped fewer than Jose Mourinho’s side, whose counter-attacking style could make for an entertaining battle of tactics when the teams do collide.
Spurs take on Liverpool at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Thursday, January 28th. Kick-off is at 8pm