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Tottenham game is Liverpool’s first big test of the season

David Nugent in Editorial, English Premier League 14 Sep 2018

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Liverpool have started the Premier League campaign in top form. Jurgen Klopp’s side have a perfect record in the English top-flight so far this season. Everything seems rosy in the Anfield garden.

However, looking at their first four opponents in the top-flight, the Reds have not beaten any quality teams yet. In fact, the Reds last three wins over Brighton, Crystal Palace and Leicester were all far from comfortable.

They are looking in decent form, but the Merseysiders actually face their first test of the season tomorrow lunchtime when they visit Tottenham.

Tottenham a tough team to beat on their own patch

Wembley might be a temporary home for the side from north London, but Spurs have turned it into a difficult place for opposition teams to visit.

Only reigning Premier League champions Manchester City have won at Spurs in 19 Premier League games. In fact, Mauricio Pochettino’s side has won eight of their last nine games on home soil, with that 3-1 defeat against City the only blip in that run.

Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United have all suffered defeats against Tottenham in their time at Wembley as their temporary home.

Time to prove they are real contenders

This is the sort of game where a team proves they are real title contenders. Liverpool have looked confident against their top-four rivals in recent years, Spurs included.

Last season the team from north London may have taken four points from their two games with Liverpool, but Spurs have recorded just one win in 12 meetings with the team from Merseyside in all competitions.

However, Liverpool have become the kings of the slip-up in recent years. The Reds suffer silly defeats because of complacency, yet seem to up their game for big games. This game may have come early in the season, but it is a good one to gauge if the Klopp’s side are true title contenders.

Can they stand up to the challenge of Spurs away? If it was at Anfield then I have no doubts that Liverpool would most likely triumph in current form. However, the Liverpool defence will face a true test against Spurs, even if the home side will be without Dele Alli for the clash.

Liverpool slight favourites

Liverpool heads into Saturday’s game as favourites for victory at odds of 7/5. Their favourite’s status is not just based on the Reds recent good form in the top-flight.

As previously mentioned, Spurs are without Alli and first-choice goalkeeper Hugo Lloris. Star striker Harry Kane also looked slightly sluggish on international duty for England. He will still be a threat, but those issues are factored into the odds.

Liverpool have been going steadily all season. However, maybe the Reds need this sort of test to make sure that complacency does not creep into the players.

It has been a long time since the Reds won meaningful silverware and this season they look well equipped to end that barren run.

Only time will tell if they can end their long wait for an English top-flight title, though. However, it may be games like Saturday’s that decide whether the Reds win that long-awaited Premier League title.

This game promises to be a highly intriguing encounter between two teams who have ambitions of winning the Premier League title in the near future. The ironic thing is that Liverpool could end up out of the top-four if results go against this weekend. It is time for Jurgen Klopp’s side to prove they are the real deal.

Who will win Saturday’s big Premier League clash?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

David Nugent


David is a freelance football writer with nearly a decade of experience writing about the beautiful game. The experienced writer has written for over a dozen websites and also an international soccer magazine offline.
Arguably his best work has come as an editorial writer for Soccernews, sharing his good, bad and ugly opinions on the world’s favourite sport. During David’s writing career he has written editorials, betting previews, match previews, banter, news and opinion pieces.

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