Michael Owen has claimed that Tottenham Hotspur cannot afford to lose against Liverpool if they are to beat Arsenal to a fourth-place finish this season.
Tottenham are now underdogs in the race for Champions League qualification, with the Gunners sitting two points above them in the table with four games left to go in the campaign.
While Mikel Arteta’s men still have to travel to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for the North London Derby, they could come into the game with a five-point buffer over their local rivals if Spurs get beat at Anfield and Arsenal win against Leeds this weekend.
Owen believes that Antonio Conte’s men need to get a result against the Reds if they are to have a realistic shot of finishing fourth.
The pundit, however, backed Jurgen Klopp’s men to ease to a 3-1 victory, stating that Liverpool are the most in-form team in Europe at the moment.
The former Reds striker told Bet Victor: “I’m running out of superlatives for this Liverpool side, the wins just keep coming. It wasn’t an emphatic performance, but the win last week at Newcastle was huge.
“That comeback win in Spain on Tuesday is bound to mean they enter this in great spirit. Luis Diaz changed the game against Villarreal, and I’d expect to see him from the start here.
“This one is huge for Spurs. Considering Arsenal’s recent form, I don’t think Spurs can afford to lose this game. Son has been in brilliant form, and he’s in the running for the golden boot.
“However, I can’t not pick Liverpool. No side in Europe is in better form than them and they just don’t look like losing, particularly at Anfield. 3-1.”
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I have a suspicion that the game on Saturday is going to be an all-time classic, purely because of the contrasting styles of both sides.
I expect a high scoring game and I believe that our front three will be able to hurt Liverpool, who tend to commit bodies forward.
However, I will bite your hand off if you offered a draw to me at the moment as the Reds are arguably the most difficult side to face in Europe.
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