The international break is over, hooray! My god that week seemed to drag but we’re back and Liverpool make the trip to London to face Spurs at Wembley on Saturday afternoon.
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The Reds are sitting pretty at the top of the table with four wins out of four. Victories against teams such as Crystal Palace and Brighton are precious to the Reds who would have struggled to secure all three points in games like this last season. When it came to sides like City, Arsenal etc the Reds could usually guarantee that their performance would be much, much better. Here’s hoping that’s the case on Saturday.
Spurs shocked several football fans recently in the league when they beat Manchester United 3-0 but then followed this up with a loss to Watford who came from behind to get the better of Pochettino’s side.
There is no doubt that Spurs, despite not buying anybody in the transfer window, have a very strong side with some game changers in their starting XI but do they have enough in terms of consistency to be pushing the likes of City and Liverpool who are expected to be battling for the title?
Injuries for Spurs mean they are unable to call upon Dele Alli and Hugo Lloris. Star striker Harry Kane remains fit while Son Heung-min is also available for this clash. For Liverpool, they are still without Adam Lallana who has a groin strain.
The last time the two sides met was in February this year. Mo Salah opened up the scoring at Anfield after just three minutes and that’s the way it stayed until Wanyama found an 80th-minute equaliser for Spurs. At 90+1 Salah scored a second stunning goal, everybody in the ground was convinced this was the winner but Kane was awarded a penalty at 90+5 and obviously converted.
The Reds last trip to Wembley didn’t end so well after Spurs beat Klopp’s side 4-1. I vividly remember this game because I was absolutely fuming at Dejan Lovren, he had a horrendous time during that game and I remember thinking if he doesn’t improve he won’t stay at the club much longer. Thankfully, Lovren appeared to take that performance very seriously, I think it hit him hard and he followed up with some very strong displays for Liverpool and even went all the way to the World Cup final with Croatia.
I honestly feel as though Liverpool are ready for this match, I think it’s going to be quite open and players such as Mane, Salah and Firmino will be able to exploit gaps left through counter-attacking football. However, Klopp will also have one eye on a massive build up of fixtures over the coming months and this could reflect in his team selection/tactics.
Liverpool’s next six matches after the game against Spurs are: PSG at home, Southampton at home, Chelsea in the league cup at home, Chelsea away, Napoli away and Man City at home. I’m out of breath just typing that haha. Get it right though and Liverpool could be in an extraordinary position.
Enjoy the match folks, wherever you are watching!
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Source: The Liver Bird