In what should be one of the most entertaining matches of the young season, the Reds travel to White Hart Lane for the early kick-off in Saturday. Will Klopp or Pochettino win the battle of the pressing teams?
Slow Start for Spurs
Pochettino has griped about the punishing Premier League schedule, and with some justification. His side has looked lethargic so far.
All of Spurs’ England players missed their summer tour, so it’s no wonder that they’ve been a little sluggish in August. Many tipsters have been wondering how England’s difficult Euros would affect Tottenham’s campaign.
But No Harm Done
The good news is that it hasn’t really hurt them yet. Four points from Everton away and Palace at home is respectable, especially given the loss of Hugo Lloris and Dembélé’s suspension.
They certainly laboured at home on the weekend, and needed a late goal from Wanyama when Palace were down to ten men through an injury to Delaney.
But that defence looks as strong as it did last season.
Alli Odds-On to Return
Fair to say that the two up front experiment didn’t work. Vincent Janssen may need time to get used to the Premier League, and Kane is better further forward.
And it was clear that Alli is an important cog in the Spurs machine. When he came on Tottenham instantly became more threatening and started mounting pressure on that Palace goal.
Doubts about Vorm?
We know that Hugo Lloris is also vital to Spurs. Not just for his saves, but the speed with which he cleans up opposition breaks from his line. For a side that plays quite a long way up the pitch, this is important work.
But when it comes to his replacement you have to have doubts. Michel Vorm has hardly played a Premier League match since leaving Swansea three years ago.
There’s no doubt that he’ll be a step down, but we’ll have to see how costly over the next month.
Spurs Predicted Lineup
Vorm; Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose; Wanyama, Dier; Lamela, Alli, Eriksen; Kane
The Premier League can throw up some strange results, but few people could have predicted a defeat away to Burnley after such a promising start at Arsenal on the first weekend.
The league’s big three favourites have started very strongly this year, but Liverpool’s slip is a reminder that unexpected results are a part of the scenery in this division.
One of those Games?
Liverpool couldn’t take their chances, and Klopp made clear that his team needs to be more clinical, but on another day the Reds could have played the same way and left Turf Moor with an easy win.
The match facts bear this out: Burnley scored from their only two shots in the first half, and Liverpool created more than enough clear chances to have expected more from this match.
Or Tipped for More Trouble?
There’s a pattern emerging about the kind of games Klopp’s Liverpool lose or draw. When teams pack players behind the ball and only commit numbers on swift counters Liverpool are vulnerable.
The Swansea, Leicester and Southampton defeats at the back end of last season are cases in point. Expect more sides to take on Liverpool this way, but you can put money down that Tottenham won’t be one.
Transfer Clock Ticking
Most Liverpool fans are impressed with the football Klopp has got the team playing. But they’ll be less pleased with some of the holes in the squad as they bid to get back into Europe this season.
The left-back position has been a problem since at least 2013 when José Enrique began to fade. Many fans also want to see the defensive midfield reinforced, and they may have a case seeing how easily Defour ran through on Saturday.
But Good Team News
It was a bit cruel on the Reds that they should have lost Sadio Mané after just one match, and such a promising one at that.
But the Senegalese forward is back in training this week and will surely take his place on the right, possibly at the expense of Sturridge who had a difficult time at Turf Moor.
Four Straight Away Matches
The schedule can be harsh too, as following their trip to Burton Albion in the League Cup on Tuesday, Liverpool will be playing their fourth game on the road this weekend.
If they come away with a point Klopp may reflect that four points from such a punishing opening schedule is a pretty respectable haul.
Liverpool Predicted Lineup
Mignolet; Clyne, Lovren, Klavan, Milner; Can, Henderson, Lallana; Mané, Firmino, Coutinho
When Will Tottenham vs Liverpool Take Place?
The match kicks off at 12:30 on Saturday August 27 at White Hart Lane.
These are two teams with an intense approach, denying the opposition time on the ball and counter-attacking quickly.
What we’ve seen so far tells us that Liverpool’s midfield is in good working order going forward, and their attack is bolstered by Mané’s return. But at the back they look soft.
Tottenham are still going to miss Moussa Dembélé, but definitely have the key to unlock the Liverpool left flank in Lamela. Dele Alli also looked exciting in his weekend cameo, and should be fully fit this weekend.
But you can also put money on this vibrant Liverpool attack creating chances, and with Vorm in goal they might get some joy.
Spurs vs Liverpool Result Prediction
Tottenham 2 - 2 Liverpool
Both sides look evenly matched, with marked strengths and weaknesses in different areas of the pitch. Liverpool will be pleased that Tottenham will attack them, unlike Burnley, but Spurs can wreak havoc on the Liverpool defence.
On the other hand Dembélé and Lloris are big absences for Spurs, and Liverpool will get some joy too. So an entertaining score draw looks the most likely outcome.