Graeme Souness has claimed that Harry Kane is the only Tottenham player who will get into Liverpool’s team, insisting that Sadio Mane is a better version of Son Heung-min.
Tottenham travel to Anfield for a top of the table clash tomorrow night, with both teams only be separated by goal difference in the Premier League table.
Liverpool have a spate of injuries but they have proven over the last few weeks that they are still capable of blowing teams away when they are at their best.
Souness believes that despite the impressive start that Jose Mourinho’s men have made to their Premier League campaign, their squad is still quite a far way behind what Jurgen Klopp has at his disposal at Anfield.
He wrote in his column for The Times: “Liverpool are the real deal in every department and Spurs are still a long way off that.
“The only Spurs player who would get in Liverpool’s line-up is Kane, because Sadio Mane can do everything Son can, and will also go to war with you.
“I don’t see Liverpool getting mugged as easily as Arsenal did, though there is more chance of it happening without Virgil Van Dijk and Fabinho, their best defensive midfielder, in the back four.”
Souness was critical of Tottenham’s style of play after their 2-0 win in the North London Derby last Sunday but the former Liverpool boss admitted that Spurs fans will accept Mourinho’s way of playing as long as it ends their long wait for silverware.
The pundit added: “Mourinho deserves credit for how he has set up Spurs.
“He had a look at what he’s got and said, ‘this is the way to get the best out of these players and get results’.
“Whether he gets the backing long-term and enjoys a bit of luck in the transfer market to evolve, as he did at Chelsea, time will tell.
“The word is out now on how they will play in the big games, sitting in. It’s going to be a difficult watch, but it will be accepted by the fans in the short term if it brings success.
“Two League Cups in 29 years is not enough for a big club.”
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While Souness’ claim about only Kane getting into the Liverpool team might sound hyperbolic, on closer examination, he certainly has a point. There is an argument to suggest Son and Hojbjerg could get into their side based on the form they have been showing since the start of the campaign but there is no doubt that a combined eleven will be dominated by Liverpool players.
However, we know very well that the game is not played on paper and that this Spurs side is stronger than the sum of its parts. Additionally, Liverpool will be without many of their key players on Wednesday and so we are certainly capable of giving them a difficult game.
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