Jurgen Flopp I hear you say! What a great time to be playing Liverpool in our upcoming EPL fixture away at Anfield. A cataclysmic start to 2017 has seen them win just once and that was against Plymouth Argyle.
The above is without a doubt the current attitude of many fans. However, hold on to your horses! This will not be an effortless jaunt up to Merseyside to play a team that will simply roll over and let us tickle their belly! Jurgen the German will be drilling those Liverpool lads like never before. Yes, they have had a terrible January and early February but this is a team with some real quality in the dressing room. If motivated in the right way they are capable of beating top teams. If stopping our title hilt isn’t enough to motivate those players then they may as well say Auf Wiedersehen to the rest of their season.
Liverpool away is generally a tricky affair and hasn’t been our most fruitful of hunting grounds in recent years. You have to go back to May 2011 in the EPL tie to find our last victory at Anfield. VDV and a 2nd half Luka Modric penalty securing us the spoils on the day.
So what do Spurs need to do to keep Chelsea in sight and perhaps more importantly keep the likes of Arsenal looking up at us?
In recent games we have come up against two sides in Sunderland and Middlesbrough who were set up to strangle the game, get 9/10 men behind the ball and play for a draw. There were many players below par up at Sunderland so the less said about that the better (Wanyama has been a revelation this season but he really should have scored with that header!) but when it came to Middlesbrough our persistence paid off as Kane coolly dispatched from the spot.
The game will be much more open at Anfield. Both teams like to play the high press so expect a fast start from both sides. I think this will be our biggest defensive test yet without Vertonghen and Rose. I think we will set up with a back 4 rather than the 3 we have seen in recent months.
Spurs really do need to focus on that strong start. The first 10 minutes will tell us a lot and we need to let Liverpool know we are not there to be bossed around the park. We need to play with aggression and not let Liverpool settle into a rhythm so that the likes of Coutinho and Firminho can start to play.
Our biggest opportunity of securing a win is going to come by putting a shaky looking Liverpool back line under constant pressure. They will make mistakes as has been proven time and time again. We will need Eriksen at his best, when he plays well he really is key to creating chances for the likes of Alli and Kane.
It will be a tough match on Saturday, Liverpool will be out to prove a point and get their season back on track. However, with the right attitude, aggression and a fast start I think Spurs can walk away from Anfield with all 3 points!
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