TOTTENHAM VS LIVERPOOL PREVIEW: KLOPP’S FIRST TEST
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp did indicate in his pre-match press conference yesterday that strategic changes can be expected in the squad tomorrow. While managing Borrusia Dortmund, Klopp’s primary strategy involved working in a highly dynamic 4-2-3-1 formation. Yet, Liverpool fans are curious to see what strategy will Klopp apply tomorrow against Tottenham.
Tough debut for Klopp
The current Tottenham squad is considered to be among the strongest teams in the Premier League. Under manager Mauricio Pochettino, who also was awarded the Best Manager of the Premier League for the month of September, Tottenham have been defeated just once in the league. In the last week of September, Tottenham demolished the defense of league leaders Manchester City by coming back from a goal behind to win 4-1, indicating that Pochettino’s squad can win against any team this season. Thus, with less than a week to prepare and adjust with a new squad, it will indeed be a monumental task for Klopp to engineer a memorable debut victory against Spurs at their own turf. Any result other than a defeat for Liverpool will perhaps be welcomed by the managers, players and fans alike tomorrow.
Dealing with more injuries
Within less than a week of joining the club, Klopp has had to deal with two major injury shocks. Joe Gomez and Danny Ings both suffered major ACL injuries across consecutive days, because of which the duo could miss the rest of the 2015/16 season. With the likes of Firmino, Benteke and Henderson out with injury as well, it will be difficult to build a team that can win tomorrow at White Hart Lane. However, it certainly doesn’t mean that Klopp will have to choose a weak squad. Besides regular first-team players like Sturridge, Coutinho, Milner, Skrtel, Can and Clyne, Liverpool also have the opportunity to include quality players who were optionally or less frequently used by Rodgers like Lallana, Origi, Ibe, Lucas, Enrique and Moreno in the squad tomorrow. With these talents in the squad, Tottenham can expect a tough challenge at home.
Recent history favours Liverpool
Judging by the performances in the last 10 fixtures between the two clubs, Liverpool have a slight advantage, with the Reds coming out victorious five times, while Tottenham have won four. The fixture also has been a high-scoring one in the recent years, averaging near 3 goals in the last ten meetings. However, based on form and the recent goalscoring record, Tottenham will have to be considered the stronger among the two for tomorrow’s game. It will be interesting to see what differences will Klopp’s presence bring to the Liverpool squad tomorrow.