Opinion: A guide to how Spurs can exploit and defeat Liverpool on Thursday

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Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Liverpool have not won a single Premier League game so far this year and will be looking to come out all guns blazing in their trip to Spurs tomorrow.

With their injury woes continuing to ensue, Joel Matip was rested against United and is likely to play against Spurs. Further, in the absence of any recent statement from the club about Henderson’s injury, we can also expect the captain to feature in this game.

Looking at their previous few games, it is evident that their defence is becoming an increasing liability to them and it is imperative for Spurs to exploit this.

Regardless of their line-up, Spurs will have to play an attacking game, putting constant pressure on their centre-backs rather than sitting back and playing on the counter.

With Thiago (and possibly Henderson) making the game and providing long balls, it will not be particularly easy for Spurs to defend against the reigning champions.

Their front three has not been in the best of form of late but their threat cannot be undermined in any way.

I feel that a 4-2-1-3 formation with Sissoko and Holberg playing more defensive and Ndombele playing the 10 will be extremely beneficial in controlling their offensive threat and also crucial in exploiting their defence with Son and Bergwijn making runs in behind.

However, Liverpool will also be looking to exploit our aerial vulnerability as they did the last time the two sides met. With the likes of Trent and Robertson providing perfect crosses time and again, we will have to be extremely alert in defence.

This game will also be extremely challenging for our full-backs as they will have to repeatedly track down the runs of Mane and Salah while also offering something in attack.

This game is extremely important for us to remain in the title contention and, with Liverpool looking vulnerable, it might have come at the right time for us.

With a bit of flair in defence and our attack keeping the pressure on, we should be able to outdo the reigning champions this time around.

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