The bookies currently have Tottenham as heavy favourites to beat a struggling Reds side in the February 11th league fixture and it’s easy to see why: Liverpool limp into the matchup having won only one out of the last 10, taking a solitary point from of nine against the three worst clubs in the league and stumbling out of two cup competitions. Meanwhile a solid Tottenham have gone nine league matches unbeaten to quietly maintain pressure on leaders Chelsea (while also, as an aside, managing to expose the one weak spot in Antonio Conte’s otherwise-invincible squad in their shocking 2-0 win over a month ago now i.e. aerially attacking the right side of the defense between the diminutive pair of Cesar Azpilicueta and Victor Moses. A tidbit that no one, Liverpool included, has attempted to capitalize on since).
Although Harry Kane, being only 23-years-old, has missed out on some of Tottenham’s more brutal shellackings at the hands of Liverpool in recent years, the young, 20-something striker is hoping his Spurs will be able to display the tactical flexibility that will be key in this hotly-contested race for Champions League places.
You ‘member when Tottenham on the calendar used to mean a guaranteed 3 points? Yeah I ‘member!
“It is a important game for us. We want to build the gap on Liverpool and if we beat them next week then we go seven points clear of them,” the young—but not that young—forward said.
“That is what we want to try to do. We want to catch Chelsea and it’s important that we stay as high up the table as possible. If we can build gaps over other teams behind us, that is the important thing.
“It is not down to us. We don’t know if Chelsea are catchable. All we can do is win our games. Hopefully they drop a few points here and there.”
The former Golden Boot winner is currently tied for fifth in the league scoring charts with 14 goals—all at a mere score and three years of age.