If we’re to beat Tottenham on Saturday, we’ll likely have to keep their talisman Harry Kane quiet.
The England forward is Spurs’ main threat – and started for England during the international break as Roy Hodgson’s men completed ten consecutive victories on the road to Euro 2016 qualification.
Nathaniel Clyne, James Milner and Adam Lallana were part of the squad, and while regulars Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge were absent because of fitness reasons, Kane claimed the Reds present were delighted when news broke that Jurgen Klopp was the new Liverpool manager.
“In the first couple of games after a managerial appointment everybody tries to impress so they will probably have that little 5% extra than usual,” Kane told the Guardian ahead of our weekend fixture.
“We expect that. The Liverpool players at England could not wait to get back to start working under him. But we have out-run every team we have played so far this season and that’s a sign we’re playing the manager’s tactics right and are fit enough to do it. And that’s what we have to do again on Saturday. Obviously Liverpool, with a new manager, will be up for it. But we know what we have to do.”
Kane’s comments regarding Tottenham’s work-rate is interesting, as Klopp also demands maximum intensity and running from his players – a tactic which worked so famously well with Borussia Dortmund.
If he can get his Liverpool players working tremendously hard from the offset, as they likely will in an attempt to impress early on, it’s going to be a fiery encounter at White Hart Lane.
After what seems like an eternity since the Merseyside derby, we cannot wait!