Liverpool head to Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday (Watch live, 7:45 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via Live Extra) in Jurgen Klopp’s first game in charge of the club.
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After the euphoria of his unveiling last week, now the serious business begins for Klopp and his Liverpool side are just one point behind sixth-place Tottenham and three points off the top four heading into this clash at White Hart Lane.
Spurs have enjoyed an upsurge in recent weeks, with three wins from their last four and Mauricio Pochettino‘s boys are unbeaten since the opening day of the Premier League season. As for Liverpool, they only have one win in their last six outings as Klopp tries to inspire his new players.
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Injuries have hit both teams hard and Spurs will be without Son Heung-min, Nabil Bentaleb and Ryan Mason, while Eric Dier misses out through suspension but Danny Rose is back. Liverpool were dealt two big blows this week as both Joe Gomez and Danny Ings had their seasons ended with ACL injuries. Christian Benteke, Jordan Henderson and Roberto Firmino are also out for the Reds.
What they’re saying
Pochettino on Klopp’s arrival: “He [Klopp] is a great manager… he has a clear idea of how to play. I think he’s very good for the Premier League. He impressed us with his job at Dortmund.”
Klopp on his first week as Liverpool boss: “All these guys are able to play really good football and that’s what they did in their past, that’s the reason they are here. Now we have to open our chests, and run and fight and shoot and all these things, defend together, attack together, like what football looks like in your best dream. I want to see more braveness. I want to see more fun in their eyes. I want to see that they like what they do. I saw it in the week and it’s good, they’re really good boys.”
This game has produced some lopsided results in the past few years, usually in the favor of Liverpool. With Klopp-mania in full flow, plus Pochettino bagging the Manager of the Month award for September, this match should be a lot tighter. Despite Liverpool’s messiah arriving, I am going for a home win. 2-1 to Spurs.