Why Andrew Robertson can make the difference for Liverpool in Tottenham clash

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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 but below are some key tactics his counterpart may employ to emerge victorious time.

Read all about Tottenham’s key tactics here.

ROBERTSON CAN TRIP UP SPURS

Andrew Robertson has been one of the Premier League’s top performers so far this season, let alone Liverpool’s.

The Marauding left-back has featured heavily in attack, registering 2.5 key passes per game, a figure bettered only by Alexis Sanchez (2.7), Mohamed Salah (3.3) and David Silva (4.3).

The 24-year-old tends to enjoy good cover from one of the central midfielders and therefore has the freedom to attack Kieran Trippier.

Spurs have been weak down the right side of their defence, conceding the majority of chances down that flank because of Trippier’s involvement in attack. With Sadio Mane in form as well, Liverpool will target the right side of the defence.

Andrew Robertson

Andrew Robertson

GUARDING AGAINST THE COUNTER

Last October, Liverpool were dismantled by Tottenham at Wembley, suffering a 4-1 defeat. Mauricio Pochettino devised a strategy wherein his side relinquished possession and hit the visitors on the break.

That won’t be on the cards this time around. Liverpool have since grown into a far more balanced and compact unit. Jurgen Klopp has realised the error in his ways. Despite the attacking tendencies of their full-backs, the Reds now ensure that only one ventures forward at a time while the other tucks in alongside the centre-backs to form a three-man defence.

Virgil van Dijk’s arrival in January has helped while a better balance in midfield has made them more adept at dealing with attacks on the break as well.

Centre half: Virgil van Dijk.

Centre half: Virgil van Dijk.

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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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Watch: Jurgen Klopp opens up on difficult situation of leaving out Fabinho

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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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