On Saturday the early kick-off in the Premier League sees Spurs host Liverpool at Wembley Stadium. With the international break sandwiched in-between this and the last set of Premier League fixtures, Spurs will be itching to get back to winning ways after their result against Watford.
Standing in their way is the in-form Premier League team in Liverpool. Jurgen Klopp’s side have won all 4 of their opening Premier League games, conceding just once, but they are yet to face a side that have the quality Spurs do. In recent seasons Spurs have improved their form against other sides in the top 6, typified by the win in August against Manchester United, so it should be a high intensity and fascinating game on Saturday.
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As Spurs will be well aware, Liverpool have one of the most dangerous attacking forces in Europe in Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mo Salah and the signing of Virgil Van Dijk has solidified a normally shaky defence.
However they were far from their best in their last league outing against Leicester, with goalkeeper Alisson making a horrendous blunder to gift Leicester a goal. Because of his price tag he will be under even more pressure for the Spurs game and Mauricio Pochettino‘s men may target him, along with Liverpool’s playing out from the back mentality, to try and unsettle them.
Spurs v Liverpool: Predicted Lineup
Before the injury news, Pochettino may have been tempted to switch to 4 at the back, however Dele Alli’s injury means that we think he will stick to 5 at the back.
Although it did not work against Watford, the 3 man central defence containing Alderweireld, Sanchez and Vertonghen managed to keep Liverpool at bay last season in a 4-1 victory at Wembley. Harry Winks started in that game last season and could play in midfield in Alli’s absence, although Eric Dier is more likely to start ahead of him.
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Despite uncertainty over the system Pochettino will play, it is perhaps more likely that Danny Rose will get the nod ahead of Ben Davies after his performances for England on international duty. Heung-min Son is also not expected to start after a recent hectic schedule with South Korea.
What has Pochettino said?
“I think Liverpool is one of the best teams in England and Europe and it will be a tough game.”
On Alli’s injury
“Alli is a little bit unlucky, he suffered an injury after 20 mins against Spain. Disappointed because we’re going to miss him for this game and possibly Inter Milan, but it is not a big issue.” (Sky Sports)
What’s next for Spurs?
After this encounter Spurs will fly out to Italy to play Inter Milan in their first Champions League Group Stage game on Tuesday. They will then face Brighton in the evening kick off on Saturday 22nd September.