‘A lot more difficult’ – Ian Wright issues warning to Liverpool ahead of Spurs clash

Ian Wright
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Ian Wright has warned Liverpool that they cannot afford to start slowly against Tottenham as they did against Villarreal and Everton.

Spurs need a result at Anfield, with Antonio Conte’s men trying to keep pace with Arsenal in the race for fourth place. However, the Reds are in a terrific run of form at the moment and are eyeing a sensational quadruple this season.

Jurgen Klopp’s men find themselves a point behind league leaders Manchester City and they have an opportunity to go to the top of the table with a win over Spurs before City take on Newcastle United on Sunday.

The Reds have shown some signs of vulnerability over the last two weeks – most notably going 2-0 down to Villarreal in the first half of the second leg of the Champions League semifinal before coming back to win the game 3-2.

Wright insisted that it would be a lot more difficult for Liverpool to mount a comeback against Tottenham if they start in a similar manner.

The Arsenal legend said on the Kelly and Wrighty show on Optus Sport (5/5/22): “I think that, what they really want to be careful about, Liverpool, is the way that they started the game against Villarreal.

“They have to make sure they don’t start like that. There was a casualness to it.

“And I think if they do that against Tottenham, that would be a lot more difficult to come back against than Villarreal. I think they’ll know that… they cannot start as poorly as I saw them start against Everton and against Villarreal.”

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Conte would have certainly analysed Liverpool’s recent matches to assess where they are vulnerable.

However, the manner of the Reds’ comeback against Villarreal would serve as a boost to their morale and they are not likely to panic on Saturday even if Spurs take the lead.

Tottenham are going to have to be defensively switched on for the full ninety minutes to have a chance of getting anything from the game.

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