The Premier League returns with a mouth-watering clash as Tottenham host Liverpool at Wembley Stadium in Saturday’s early kick off.
Spurs will be aiming to bounce back to winning ways after losing at Watford prior to the international break, while the Reds will look to maintain their 100% win record.
Will Liverpool continue where they left off? Or will Spurs end their unbeaten run? Find out what our writer thinks.
English Premier League
Tottenham vs Liverpool
Saturday 15 September
Tottenham will be determined to get back to winning ways after losing 2-1 at Watford before the international break. Prior to that defeat, Mauricio Pochettino’s side had won three in a row, beating Newcastle, Fulham and Manchester United.
The north Londoners are unable to welcome Liverpool to their new ground due to construction delays, but playing at Wembley shouldn’t be a worry for Spurs. Pochettino’s side made Wembley a fortress last season, winning 13 of 19 games played there, losing twice – against Chelsea and Manchester City. Tottenham thrashed the Reds 4-1 at the national stadium last October and will be confident of repeating that feat.
Pochettino will be delighted to welcome back Heung-Min Son after he won a gold medal with South Korea at the Asian Games that will make him exempt from joining his country’s military. The 26-year-old attacker was on the scoresheet against Liverpool at Wembley last season and he’ll be hoping for a starting berth.
Lucas Moura has benefited from Son’s absence and a full pre-season campaign working with Pochettino after a difficult start to life at the club following his arrival from Paris Saint-Germain last January. The Brazilian attacker was awarded the Premier League Player of the Month for August after starting the season in spectacular fashion, having netted three goals in Spurs’ first four games.
Pochettino will rely on star striker Harry Kane to fire his side to victory. The England captain has netted five goals in just seven appearances against Liverpool.
Liverpool have made an impressive start to the campaign, recording victories over West Ham, Crystal Palace, Brighton and Leicester City. Jurgen Klopp’s side will be hoping they can continue that rich vein of form when they travel to London to face Tottenham.
The Reds have conceded just one goal so far with Klopp putting his faith in young defender Joe Gomez. The England international has mostly been deployed as a right-back during his time at Merseyside but has played all four of Liverpool’s games this season at centre-back alongside Virgil van Dijk.
Gomez played a full match at right-back in that humiliating 4-1 defeat against Spurs last October, where he really struggled on the day. The 21-year-old has, however, improved a lot since then and has been brilliant so far, but his toughest test in his new position will come this weekend against fellow countryman, Kane.
The Reds are a lot stronger now than when Spurs last faced them. Van Dijk, Andrew Robertson and Sadio Mane didn’t play in that heavy defeat at Wembley and Klopp has since added Naby Keita and Alisson Becker to an already talented squad.
Liverpool dropped too many points on their travels last season and with many tipping them as Manchester City’s closest title rivals, they can lay down a significant marker by putting Spurs to the sword on Saturday and make it five wins on the spin.
Spurs are looking to make up for lost ground after their defeat at Watford last time out, while Liverpool are bidding to avenge their 4-1 loss against Spurs at Wembley last October. I’m expecting a tight affair with the sides to share the spoils at 26/10.
Written by Chad Nagel