How is this for a cure to purge your international break blues as Spurs play host to Liverpool in tomorrow’s lunchtime kick-off at what will be a sold-out Wembley Stadium. Tottenham will look to improve on their woeful performance away at Watford a fortnight ago, whilst Liverpool will attempt to pick up where they left off from before the international break, maintaining their 100% start to the season.
Before their 4-1 thrashing of Liverpool last year, Tottenham hadn’t beaten ‘The Reds’ since 2012. Last year, Tottenham were one of just five teams that Liverpool failed to beat, as the reverse fixture ended 2-2. What will give Pochettino further confidence is the fact that Jurgen Klopp has never won a game at the national stadium, although his three opponents have been Tottenham, Man City and Bayern Munich.
Liverpool have made a start worthy of a title challenging side, as they have won their opening four games for the first time ever in the Premier League era, conceding just one goal in the process. Spurs were flying at a similarly dizzy heights after they beat United 3-0 at Old Trafford in their third game of the season, only to come crashing back down after their fruitless trip to Vicarage Road. However, Pochettino’s side have plenty to build upon, matching Liverpool in terms of goals scored (9) against arguably more difficult opponents.
The team news coming out of the respective camps this week will be much more alarming to the Tottenham readership. Key men Hugo Lloris and Dele Alli will miss out, with periphery players Sissoko and Foyth back in training and may well be in Pochettino’s plans. However, Tottenham’s second most prolific scorer last year in back in the country, as Heung-Min Son has returned from the Asian Games and will be likely to feature tomorrow despite his hectic recent schedule.
Liverpool on the other hand have an almost fully fit squad to select from tomorrow, with only Dejan Lovren and Adam Lallana on the injury list.
What to expect
GOALS. If there are three goals scored in tomorrow’s game, Tottenham vs Liverpool will be the highest scoring fixture in Premier League history, overtaking the 151 goals scored in Arsenal vs Everton games. With both teams firing already this season, and attacking threats from all areas of the pitch, you can certainly expect both teams defences to be breached in this one.