There are few quicker ways to light a fire under a team than to give them the so-called "new manager bump" where, invigorated by the dawn of a new managerial era at the club, a team suddenly kicks into high gear and strings together a handful of positive results. The bump is often temporary, but it's often enough to make a difference for at least a few matches.
For opposition teams, coming in contact with a team experiencing a new manager bump is usually a case of bad timing. Liverpool visit White Hart Lane on the weekend for Jürgen Klopp's first match in charge of Liverpool FC, and Tottenham Hotspur star man Harry Kane thinks his team will have a tougher time than usual dealing with the Reds.
"Liverpool are going to have a new manager and they will be up for it," observed Kane, who scored in Liverpool's 3-2 win over Tottenham last February. "In the first couple of game everybody tries to impress so they will probably have that little five percent extra than usual. We expect that. The Liverpool players at England could not wait to get back to start working under [Klopp]."
Some good if exceedingly obvious intel from Kane, then. Both sets of fans will be aware that Liverpool have made quick work of Spurs over the last few campaigns, with Liverpool managing to do the league double over Spurs last season despite how poor their football was for most of the year. Having the advantage of the new manager bump at their disposal should make what's become a favourite fixture for Liverpool fans just an extra bit tastier than normal.