43% of fans think Spurs will pile misery on Liverpool
- Author: Julie Sanders Feb 11, 2017,
Feb 11, 2017, 12:55
"We know we can do a lot of good things still, but we have to show it on the pitch". That allows them to spring counter-attacks.
We've got 14 games left of the Premier League season, with a practically fully fit squad and large gaps between fixtures.
Although Liverpool do have weaknesses, they have been very impressive in the top games this season, they have beaten Chelsea, Arsenal and Man City this season and continue to provide a big threat to the big teams which Spurs have to be aware of. Mauricio Pochettino beat the turf in frustration at the end, and the players trudged off bitterly disappointed, knowing that every dropped point took the title away from them.
Spurs, though, are without a win at Anfield in six years - goals from Rafael van der Vaart and Luka Modric sealing a rare win in 2011 - and three points for the hosts will significantly close the gap. Winning four of its six games and drawing the other two, the London side has taken 11 more points than the Merseysiders over the same period.
Alli has won 15 senior England caps, making his debut as a late substitute against Estonia in October 2015, and marked his first start with a goal in a 2-0 win over France at Wembley Stadium.
While the perception, until recently, was that Liverpool have moved forward under the German coach, his record after 54 league games is identical to that of his predecessor Brendan Rodgers - won 26, drawn 16, lost 12.
In Mauricio Pochettino, Tottenham Hotspur have a manager who is respectful to a fault but who can be ruthless if players don't toe the line, prolific striker Harry Kane said of the Argentine.
Confidence is everything in professional football and Klopp's men will need it given they potentially face three weeks without a competitive game this month.
Some supporters are calling for wholesale changes to the team and perhaps even a switch to a back-three, following Chelsea's success with wing-backs, but Klopp says he doesn't have plans for an "alternative" way of playing.
'It is true that (Antonio) Conte wants to keep the motivation high and keep them pushing and fighting.
"I think they are [catchable]". They will and should keep fighting as all is not lost.
"But then we have Dele Alli, with his personality and character, maybe he can become a leader in a few years".
Pochettino added: "It is not about sending a message to Chelsea".
The odd aspect of Leicester's performance this season is that their Champions League and FA Cup results have been good, but there is a real possibility that last season's champions will be relegated unless they can bring that form to the Premier League quickly. We all feel the same, we all want to win, we've all got the same goal. It is important to be focused on ourselves today. But today it is about you.