Three weeks ago at Old Trafford, Spurs announced their intentions to challenge for the Premier League by beating Man Utd. A week later the club bowed out of the title race - with tales tucked firmly between legs - after losing 2-1 at Vicarage Road. On Saturday they have the opportunity to re-enter contention - for a short while at least - by beating the most likely challenger to Man City in Liverpool.
With four wins from four, and the new signings settling in well, there is a real belief on Merseyside that this can be their year. Meanwhile Spurs have stumbled out of the blocks and are yet to hit top form. While playing Liverpool could have come at a better time, it provides a huge opportunity for Spurs. Pochettino will use the importance of Saturday’s game to galvanise the squad into a performance which was lacking in the second half against Watford. The game provides an opportunity for both clubs to send out a message to the rest of the league, and more importantly, to instil belief going forward.
Deli Alli is out with a hamstring injury while Hugo Lloris remains sidelined with a thigh problem. Danny Rose could force his way into the team after an impressive second half for England in the week. Son Heung-min returns as an Asian games gold medalist and a free man - he will be in contention for the first time since the opening day of the season. Liverpool will be without Adam Lallana (groin), Dejan Lovren (stomach) and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (knee).
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