Tottenham face a difficult game against Liverpool on Saturday, as they continue to battle for a spot in the top four. Spurs are hoping they will be playing Champions League football next season, which Jurgen Klopp’s side definitely will be doing.
Liverpool secured a place in the final of the European competition on Tuesday, after their 5-2 aggregate win against Villarreal. Klopp’s side will face Man City or Real Madrid in the final and will be going into the fixture against the Lilywhites in high spirits and with momentum.
Spurs are currently two points behind their north London rivals with four games to go. Tottenham haven’t won at Anfield in over a decade, but they will hope Antonio Conte can be the Spurs manager to change the trend.
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Conte has already made a number of improvements to his new Spurs side, both on and off the pitch. There is a lot of work to still be done, which is why the summer transfer window is so crucial for them, with the Italian’s aim to help Tottenham compete with the likes of Liverpool and Man City.
A couple of weeks ago, Ian Wright explained his thoughts on Spurs making the step to the next level. “Tottenham are going to have to do unbelievable stuff to catch what Man City and Liverpool are doing, in respect of squads and achievements,” Wright admitted.
“If there is a manager that is going to help them to do it, then it will be Conte. It’s frightening, at the moment, with what Spurs could do with this manager, Harry Kane and Son [Heung-min].”
Tottenham’s attacking duo, along with Dejan Kulusevski, have been continuing to make a positive impact on the Spurs side, with both goals and assists. This is something that could provide the Lilywhites with a boost on their trip to Anfield, although Klopp has his own strong front three.
Not long after, Wright looked at Liverpool’s remaining fixtures and picked out Saturday’s as the one they may not find so easy. “I think that Tottenham game for Liverpool looks a tricky one,” he said.
“You don’t know what Tottenham are going to turn up. If any team can cause them problems, then it could be a Tottenham.”
Spurs have had inconsistent form all season, losing to Brighton and drawing at Brentford, just before their 3-1 victory against Leicester. When the Lilywhites have produced good performances, they have shown the individual and overall quality they have, but it is whether they will be able to produce this for 90 minutes against Liverpool.
On The Kelly & Wrighty Show last month, Wright highlighted why he thinks Spurs could have a boost against Klopp’s side. “I said ‘Tottenham are very well equipped to beat Man City’ and they beat them,” he admitted.
“They’re very well equipped because they’ve got the front men and they have defensive [solidity], especially when they’ve got the five away from home where they can frustrate you, but they can also hurt you up the other end.”
Since those comments, Tottenham have had a win and a draw. Meanwhile, Liverpool have had four victories, two being from their Champions League semi-final ties.
The Lilywhites aren’t expected to go to Anfield and secure three points. The reverse tie between the two sides ended in a 2-2 draw and Tottenham have also beat Man City twice this season.
Anything can happen in the Premier League, especially in the final weeks of the season and Tottenham will hope they can travel North, exceed everyone’s expectations and get a much needed win against a Liverpool side who are battling for the league title.
Source by Football London