Harry Kane insists Virgil Van Dijk is not invincible ahead of Liverpool test

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Tottenham Hotspur will face Liverpool this afternoon for the first time since the Champions League heartbreak.

Spurs made it to the final of the prestigious European tournament after fighting back from the jaws of elimination on more than one occasion.

After making it to the final two, the final in Madrid failed to live up to expectation with Spurs unable to get into the game after conceding an early penalty.

Kane was recalled to Mauricio Pochettino’s starting eleven for the final after a spell on the sidelines with an ankle injury and endured a difficult night where he failed to trouble Virgil Van Dijk in the Liverpool defence.

With Kane now back fully fit and having scored fifteen goals in sixteen matches in all competitions for club and country this season, he will be expected to pose more of a threat to Jurgen Klopp’s backline.

Ahead of the match, Kane has insisted that despite their impressive start to the season, Liverpool are not invincible and neither is Van Dijk.

He told The Mirror: “Van Dijk is a great defender, but he’s not ­invincible – and Liverpool are not invincible.

“We just have to concentrate on ourselves. Any team can be beaten on any day and we just have to try to make sure we do that at Anfield.

“As a striker, it’s not just ­one-v-one on the pitch, there’s a lot that goes into it. Van Dijk is an amazing defender and he has had a fantastic couple of years at Liverpool.

“So, from my point of view, it’s just about playing my game and making my movements, making my runs and trying to get on the scoresheet, trying to get assists.

“At the end of the day, it’s a team game, so we all have to be on it with each other and that’s the main aim.”

Kane added: “We’ve had a little bit of a ­rivalry over the last couple of years because we’ve been competing at the top of the Premier League and the Champions League – and that’s what happens when you get two good teams at a high level.

“You want to win, you want to come out on top and they came out on top in May, or June, whenever it was… I’ve tried to forget it,” he said with a wry laugh.

“It’s the first time we’ll have played them since, but that’s in the past, we must concentrate on us now and we have a lot to do to turn our Premier League season around.”

The 5-0 win against Red Star acted as a confidence boost in midweek, but Kane is under no illusion that Liverpool are a tougher nut to crack.

He added: “Tuesday’s game was great, but we were expected to win it at home.

“Probably not many ­people will expect us to win away at Anfield, so, if we can do that, it will hopefully give our Premier League season a big boost.

“They have a great attacking trio or four, but so have a lot of teams in the Premier League.

“When you look at the top six now, there are a lot of great attacking players.

“Like I said, it’s not just the attack that is going to win the game, it’s the defence, the whole team and that’s what we have to do, we have to stick ­together and try to get the win.

“Obviously, it will be a very tough game. They have started the season as well as anyone, especially their home form.

“They have a great crowd, who really get behind their team and try to push them on, so it’ll be a tough game.

“But we have have been there before, we’ve picked up results there before, so we just have to concentrate on us and do what we can – and try to perform like we did on Tuesday.”

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