Tottenham face their biggest test so far of the Jose Mourinho era on Saturday when the Premier League leaders Liverpool visit the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Spurs come into the game on a poor run of form having won just one of their last four Premier League games while the Reds are still unbeaten so far in the top flight this campaign.
Jurgen Klopp’s side come into the game as huge favourites with hardly anyone giving the Lilywhites a chance of taking any points from the game.
Mourinho will have to come up with ways of solving the defensive problems the team have had recently if they are to stand any chance on tomorrow evening.
Interestingly, the Spurs boss did make some insightful comments on Liverpool’s strengths and weaknesses when he was working as a pundit for Sky Sports earlier in the season prior to taking over in North London.
Those comments certainly give an idea on how he is likely to set Spurs up for the clash against the European champions.
While analysing the 1-1 draw between Man Utd and Liverpool at Old Trafford back in October, Mourinho told Sky Sports (as relayed by the Daily Star), “I think he [Jurgen Klopp] didn’t like the menu. He likes meat and he got fish. He was not happy.
“They are of course much stronger playing against an opposition that gives them chances of transitions and counter-attack and United, with the limitations they have at the moment, they play a different profile of game.
“They try to be solid at the back, they try not to give them a chance of transition, they keep always the three centre-backs in position plus [defensive midfielders, Scott] McTominay and Fred, who were always compact, and they didn’t like the menu.
“For me, [Liverpool lacked] quality as a team to play against a low block which is a problem that sometimes they have. They have this fantastic record of so many victories – but apart from that, they have some limitations against teams that play with low blocks.
“They have fantastic results but sometimes they win just in the limits. They can smash opponents that play the way they want to play against.”
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It is clear based on these comments that he is likely to start with five at the back like he did against Middlesbrough and get both Eric Dier and Harry Winks sitting in front of the backline. He will look to play on the counter-attack and hope to get in behind Liverpool’s fullbacks with the pace of Son Heung-min and Lucas Moura.
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