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Key battle: Mohamed Salah v Jan Vertonghen

Andrew Marshall (@SkySportsStatto) 3 Feb 2018
Mohamed Salah-Jan Vertonghen

Andrew Marshall of Sky Sports compares the Liverpool forward and Spurs defender ahead of Sunday's match

Will Mohamed Salah or Jan Vertonghen come out on top when Liverpool host Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday?

Andrew Marshall (@SkySportsStatto), of Sky Sports, checked the stats.

Salah has scored 14 goals in his last 14 Premier League appearances for Jurgen Klopp's side and has also been involved in more Premier League goals this season than any other player, with 25 (19 goals and six assists).

He has been particularly impressive at home, being involved in 19 goals in 17 appearances in all competitions at Anfield.

One reason for Salah's contribution this season could be the number of times he has touched the ball in the opposition box.

Only Raheem Sterling has done so more.

Most touches in opposition box
Player Touches
Raheem Sterling (MCI) 178
Mohamed Salah (LIV) 175
Harry Kane (TOT) 165

Spurs have won only once in 23 PL visits to Anfield and to leave there with a positive result on Sunday Vertonghen will have to play a key role for a side with 11 Premier League clean sheets this season.

Vertonghen has started all of Spurs' 25 Premier League matches, playing the full 90 minutes in all but one.

So perhaps it is no surprise that the Belgian leads the way for the north Londoners in many categories.

Vertonghen in 2017/18
Category Total Spurs rank
Clearances 108 1st
Headed clearances 55 1st
Interceptions 40 1st
Tackles 46 1st
Aerials won 81 1st
Duels won 165 1st

On Sunday, he will be looking to contain Salah and continue Spurs' seven-match unbeaten run in the Premier League.

See: The Liverpool legends Salah can beat to goal record

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