Tottenham Hotspur - Liverpool: Spurs looking to ruin Jurgen Klopp's Premier League bow
Tottenham Hotspur V Liverpool: Spurs looking to ruin Jurgen Klopp's first Premier League game

Tottenham Hotspur will look to spoil Jurgen Klopp's first game as Liverpool manager when they take on the Reds to kickoff the Premier League weekend.

In-between international breaks

Tottenham have managed to change their outlook from coming off the first international break where they still had not won a game to coming back after the latest interval where they have not lost since the opening game of the season. A grinded out 1-0 win at Sunderland saw them start their recent run and they gradually improved with them going on to beat leaders Manchester City 4-1.

Focus on the wrong manager?

A lot of attention has gone to Jurgen Klopp ahead of this game for obvious reasons but Mauricio Pochettino should not be forgotten heading into this one after he picked the manager of the month award for September after a 10 point run in the league while also dealing with the start of the demanding Europa League campaign where they've picked up four points from their first two games.

Motivation for this one

This being the early kick off of the weekend it means a victory for Tottenham would put them all the way up the table into third position on 16 points at least temporarily and into what is ultimately the club's ambition of a Champions League place.

Opponents view

There is no need to evaluate visitor's Liverpool and their recent form because of what has happened in the last fortnight with Brendan Rodgers paying the price for their sluggish start to the season on the back of another big spending spree. Former Bourussia Dortmund manager Klopp steps into the hotseat hoping to return them to Europe's top table again.

Team news

Pocchetino has many concerns coming into this game with the main one being the foot injury that impressive summer signing Heung-Min Son has. Also Eric Dier is suspended and along with Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb still out injured, the team's defensive midfield positions may look a bit different.

One positive for the hosts is the return of left back Danny Rose from his thumb and wrist injuries however he may not go straight back in the team after the form of Ben Davies.

New manager Klopp has a lot of players unavailable due to long term injuries including captain Jordan Henderson but his biggest concern will be whether star player Philippe Coutinho can shake off a knock which forced him off in Brazil's latest match.

Stats

Spurs have actually lost their last six Premier League games against Liverpool, the first time it's happened in 40 years.

Jurgen Klopp is aiming to become the first Liverpool manager to win his first game in charge since Kenny Dalglish in 1985.

Since his Premier League debut in September 2013 no player has scored more direct free kicks than Christian Eriksen with six.

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