Jurgen Klopp faces a tough test in his first game as Liverpool boss as his side take on Tottenham Hotspurs led by the newly crowned EPL Manager of the Month Mauricio Pochettino.
The German, who is being hailed in terms normally only reserved for Moses-like figures despite calling himself “the normal one”, has a mammoth task to restore Liverpool to their former greatness.
He has already suffered two major injuries – both Danny Ings and Joe Gomez are expected to miss the rest of the season after suffering ACL injuries this week – and online football tipsters are weighing up how long it will take for Klopp to work his magic for the Kop.
“We have to open our chest, let’s run and fight and shoot and all the things – defend together and attack together like in your best dream football looks like,” announced Klopp before the trip to London, highlighting one area of the philosophy he’s looking to instil: “It’s braveness we need in football, the braveness to make faults.
“Football is a fantastic game. We love it because sometimes it can be spectacular. It is fast, hard and everything. But it doesn’t work without faults.”
Can Reds extend run and goal fest?
Liverpool are on course for a club record six straight wins over Spurs – their last five games against the North Londoners has seen the Reds score 18 goals and concede only four.
Their last two trips to White Hart Lane have been bountiful for Liverpool who have hit the Lilywhites’ net eight times without reply – a 0-5 hammering in 2013 followed by last season’s 0-3.
Will Spurs make it 8 without defeat?
But this season Spurs can boast not only the EPL’s meanest defence (with four other sides after eight games), but also the league’s longest unbeaten run – a seven game stretch (W3, D3) that’s earned Pochettino the EPL Manager award and includes a memorable win over Manchester City in their last match at the Lane.
Spurs only EPL defeat this campaign was the season opener – a 1-0 reverse at Manchester United – They have scored three more and conceded three fewer than the Reds in the first eight games, but have amassed only a point more than Liverpool and sit just two places above them in the table in eighth place.
The New Era
The positions belie Liverpool’s recent run of form – a run that ultimately cost Brendan Rodgers his job and brought forth the new Klopp-Kop era.
The defence has been repeatedly criticised and Liverpool have not kept a clean sheet in any of their last eight matches.
Combined with the fact they have won just one of their last nine EPL away games – 0-1 at Stoke at the opening day – suggests football tipsters will be heavily backing Spurs to extend their unbeaten run and thereby avoid six straight defeats for the first time in their history against the Merseysiders.
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