How the Lucas Moura threat in behind can help Tottenham take down Liverpool

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Liverpool travel to Wembley Stadium in the hope of maintaining their 100 per cent record this season and their place at the top of the Premier League standings.

Tottenham may have a thing or two to say about that though after their defeat to Watford last time out ended their own flawless start to the campaign.

Jurgen Klopp’s side has already been identified as the biggest threat to Manchester City’s crown but Spurs will present them with their biggest test yet this season.

Mauricio Pochettino came out on top in this fixture last season and below are some key tactics he may employ to emerge victorious again.

Read all about Liverpool’s key tactics here.

MOURA MOTORING FORWARD

The sight of Lucas Moura bursting past him will haunt Chris Smalling for some time to come. The Brazilian was electric in Tottenham’s 3-0 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford last month and can cause Liverpool problems as well.

A winger by trade, Moura has featured alongside Harry Kane in attack to great effect. The speed demon has actually been the furthest player forward for Spurs with the England skipper often dropping off, taking a defender with him, and allowing Moura to dart in behind.

Liverpool’s high-line should offer plenty of openings for the 26-year-old, especially with one of the full-backs usually adopting an advanced position.

Lucas Moura

Lucas Moura

DIER’S DEEP ROLE

The threat that Liverpool trio Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane possess is well-documented. That attacking triumvirate should keep Tottenham’s three-man central defence occupied.

However, the Reds have generated an added threat from midfield this season with the energetic Naby Keita enhancing operations in that department. Eric Dier will therefore need to be on his toes and support the back-line by perhaps taking up a deeper position.

He will have to be alert to Firmino’s tendency to drop off and receive the ball between the lines while also tracking runners from midfield, with Keita particularly looking dangerous in that regard.

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Difficult situation: Jurgen Klopp

Jurgen Klopp admits he doesn’t like leaving out Fabinho but is convinced the summer arrival will strengthen the team when he does play.

The Brazilian international moved to Anfield from Monaco but has yet to make his competitive debut for The Reds.

Ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash with Tottenham, Klopp opened up on why it is difficult leaving out the midfielder.

Watch what he said below:

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FPL tips: Captain Chelsea's Marcos Alonso and watch out for Romelu Lukaku

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Each week, Sport360 will bring you tips for the English Premier League’s official fantasy football game. Fancy pitting your wits against us? You can join “Sport360 Fans League” using the code 2326997-532303.

The domestic football action returns to screens following the international break and that’s music to the ears of Fantasy Premier League managers.

Of course, the action over the last couple of weeks has given several managers plenty to mull over while the fitness of a few assets are in doubt as well.

Here’s a few tips to help guide you through the murky waters of Gameweek five.

CAPTAIN – MARCOS ALONSO | CHELSEA | 6.8M

Handing the captain’s armband to a defender will always be a bold move but thanks to Marcos Alonso, it will no longer bring your sanity into question.

The Chelsea left-back is currently the game’s highest-scoring player this season with 44 points after the opening four weeks, including three double-figure hauls.

Alonso may be listed as a defender but shouldn’t be viewed as such. Think of him as a mid-price midfielder in form. He’s like a Riyad Mahrez of three seasons ago but better thanks to his eligibility for clean sheet points and the fact that he plays in a top six side.

The Spaniard’s five assists, one goal and two clean sheets has silenced pundits who questioned his effectiveness under Maurizio Sarri. With the visit of relegation favourites Cardiff City to come, Alonso should continue his scintillating form at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

He’s set to be a differential captain pick as well so the move, although not without risk, could pay off in a big way.

Marcos Alonso

Marcos Alonso

ALTERNATIVES

SERGIO AGUERO (11.3m) will most likely be the top choice for the captaincy this week and is the way to go if you prefer a more conservative approach. The Argentine should’ve picked up more than just the one assist in GW4 having had chances to add to his hat-trick against Huddersfield. Fulham travel to the Etihad this weekend having conceded nine goals already. Only Huddersfield and West Ham (10) have conceded more.

EDEN HAZARD (10.7m) returned to the starting XI prior to the international break and has looked sharp at the start of the season. He’s delivered attacking returns in each of the gameweeks so far with two goals and two assists to his name. The Belgian should run the show against Cardiff. The only question is whether he’ll convert his in-game influence into double-figure fantasy points.

BOLD CHOICE

CALLUM WILSON (6.2m) has two goals and three assists so far but should have more. The Bournemouth striker has had more shots inside the box (14) and big chances (7) than any other player this season. Eddie Howe’s side will continue to create chances for him as Leicester visit this weekend and he could deliver again, maybe in a big way if he can be more clinical.

Callum Wilson

Callum Wilson

TWO TO WATCH

ROMELU LUKAKU  | MANCHESTER UNITED | 11.0M

Luke Shaw – who will most likely miss out this weekend through injury – is the only Manchester United player who has proved a worthwhile FPL asset so far this season. However, that could quickly change with Romelu Lukaku showing signs of life. The big Belgian impressed with a brace away to Burnley in GW4 when he really should’ve had a hat-trick. United have a good run of fixtures now and with an ownership of just eight per cent, Lukaku could pay dividends.

Romelu Lukaku

Romelu Lukaku

JAMES MADDISON | LEICESTER CITY | 6.6M

James Maddison has mustered a goal and assist four games into his maiden campaign with Leicester City. The attacking midfielder is at the core of the Foxes’ play in the final third. Claude Puel’s side have a favourable swing in fixtures now, beginning with a trip to Bournemouth.

Ryan Bennett (l)

Ryan Bennett (l)

TWO TO AVOID

MARKO ARNAUTOVIC | WEST HAM | 7.0M

With goals against Bournemouth and Arsenal, Marko Arnautovic seems to have picked up from where he left off last season. However, with West Ham still finding their feet under Manuel Pellegrini, the likes of Wilson (6.2m), Aleksandar Mitrovic (6.7m) and Wilfried Zaha (7.0m) look like more appealing options. Meanwhile, the Hammers embark on a tough run, facing Chelsea, United and Tottenham in the next five weeks.

Marko Arnautovic

Marko Arnautovic

BERNARDO SILVA | MANCHESTER CITY | 7.5M

Following a fine goal in the opening week, Bernardo Silva has struggled to deliver for his FPL owners. Even with Kevin De Bruyne’s injury, he faces stiff competition from David Silva, Fernandinho, Ilkay Gundogan and Mahrez. He was dropped to the bench against Newcastle and played as a right wing-back in GW2. David Silva (8.5m) or Raheem Sterling (11m) are better options while Gundogan offers greater value as well at just 5.5m.

Bernardo Silva

Bernardo Silva

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