Spurs To Test Liverpool
By Harry Morgan
Premier League football returns this weekend, and Liverpool face a stern test from Tottenham Hotspur as the two sides clash in an early kick-off fixture on Saturday.
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool have 12 points out of four games as against Mauricio Pochettino’s side whose first loss of the season came at Watford before the FIFA international break.
Liverpool were whipped 4-1 at the same venue last season, but setting the stage for a pulsating encounter at 11:30 am is that the two clubs have improved more than they were last season.
A win for Tottenham and they will bounce back from their defeat to Watford while Liverpool, on the other hand, desire to extend their Premier League unbeaten run.
Alisson Becker, caused Liverpool a goal at Leicester City with a hauler and Spurs may have a difficult task trying to score in a goalpost being manned by a goalkeeper who desires to redeem his image after a costly mistake.
Heung-Min Son is back into the Spurs fold after leading South Korea to win the Asian Cup, and the exemption of the dangerous offensive player from military service by the Korean government means he would play with a renewed mind and spirit if he starts.
But, the already tough test has even become trickier with the confirmation that Dele Alli and Hugo Lloris will both miss the game.
Liverpool may think that the absence of the two players will weaken Pochettino’s side, but the London-based club has lots of replacements whose qualities are also not in doubt.
Michel Vorm may replace Lloris, and while he is better with his feet than the Frenchman, Spurs may go into the game hoping that Alisson Becker would be destabilised by his own zeal to prove a point after his hauler.
Liverpool have no major injury worries, but cannot be complacent since Spurs have the team that can wreak havoc on any day, and especially at a ground where they have won only once in their last four visits.