Spurs attacking threat has slightly stuttered of late, the ebb, flow and ruthlessness shown in victories over WBA and Chelsea seemingly replaced by the early season tendencies of taking an extra touch and releasing the ball a second too late.
However, the resilience in this side has never wavered, even during sticky patches of form and loses of key players Tottenham have shown their up for the fight. 2-0 down away at Manchester City and things could have turned ugly – AVB 6-0 kind of ugly. Spurs persevered and their “never give up” attitude shone through, exposing City’s own mental frailties coming away with valuable point.
Against Boro getting the 3 points is all that mattered, taking advantage of rivals dropped points. On too many occasions Spurs have failed to take advantage of such opportunities, but not this time. It may not have been a showcase of champagne football, Spurs huffed and puffed and got the job done!
This Saturday presents Spurs with another recently wounded top 6 rival. Just like against City, Spurs must be wary not to get bitten by a Liverpool team which will be eager to impress an Anfield crowd that might just be beginning to turn on Klopp’s side. Liverpool will no doubt be quick out the blocks, looking to hassle and press Tottenham out of their rhythm.
If Tottenham can frustrate them early doors, Liverpool will leave their far from secure back line open for Tottenham to play their stuff. Key injuries to Danny Rose and Jan Vertonghan will more than likely see Poch stick with the 4-3-2-1 formation looking to sure up the midfield and Ben Davies clearly not suited to LWB role. This formation allows Dembele and the imperious Victor Wanyama to control the game, and with the previous mentioned key absences of Rose and Jan they will be even more important in driving Tottenham forward.
A first win at Anfield since Rafa Van Der Vaart’s looping volley in 2011 would be huge for Spurs title credentials and definitely see an end to Liverpool’s hopes.
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