Premier League preview: Tottenham Hotspur vs Liverpool

Tottenham Hotspur entertain Liverpool in Saturday’s early Premier League kick-off at the Wembley Stadium. Mauricio Pochettino’s side suffered a setback before the international break after a rather surprise 2-1 defeat at Watford and this has witnessed them drop one point adrift of the top-four positions.

On the contrary, the Reds have not had much to worry about since the start of the campaign and they are currently one of three clubs to have made the perfect beginning to the season. Jurgen Klopp’s men are currently leading the standings ahead of Chelsea and Watford on goal difference.

Players to watch for:

Harry Kane – Tottenham Hotspur: The England international has already contributed two goals and an assist from the opening four games and this managed to end his long wait for a professional goal in the month of August. Since then, there has been talk of fatigue hampering him on international duty but he should have plenty to prove this weekend after drawing blank in both games for England. Kane bagged three goals across two encounters against Liverpool last season but he was also guilty of missing a penalty at Anfield which denied Spurs theirĀ first domestic double over the Reds since the 2010/11 season.

Sadio Mane – Liverpool: While Mohamed Salah has become the main focus in the Liverpool team, Mane has been chipping in with efficient performances since the season begun. The Senegalese winger is presently the joint-league top-scorer alongside Fulham’s Aleksandar Mitrovic with four goals and his contest versus Kieran Trippier on the left flank will surely be one to watch for. Trippier has transformed into a genuine attacking right-back who likes to romp forward with every given chance to make a cross but that may have a downside against the Reds, who have generally played on the counter-attack against the elite clubs.

Prediction:

Tottenham may have achieved the rare feat of avoiding a defeat against Liverpool last term but they can expect a tougher challenge this time around. Both Hugo Lloris and Dele Alli are certain to miss the game with thigh and hamstring injuries respectively and that could itself have a major say on the eventual result. Spurs should score but the Reds may have the edge with the advantage of fielding an unchanged XI.

Tottenham Hotspur 1-2 Liverpool

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