Three things Liverpool need to do to beat Tottenham

Jurgen Klopp’s first game in charge of Liverpool sees the under-fire Reds make the trip south to face Tottenham at White Hart Lane, in a baptism of fire for the German manager.

The Merseyside outfit have parted company with Brendan Rodgers after three-and-a-half trophyless years, with the former Borussia Dortmund trainer given the significant task of bringing the historic club’s glory days back.

Spurs have shown signs this term that they are ready to make the move into the top four, with a seven-game run in the Premier League without defeat after losing on the opening day to Manchester United.

As such, despite the fact that Liverpool have won the last five meetings between the teams, the Reds go into the game as underdogs and will need to be at their best to start Klopp’s reign with three points.

Here are three things they must do if they are to beat Tottenham…

Crowd out Christian Eriksen

Christian Eriksen

The gifted Denmark international reminded the Premier League fraternity of his undeniable quality with a brace of direct free-kicks against Swansea last time out, but in truth it is the threat that Eriksen brings from open play that the Reds should be most concerned about.

The former Ajax man is the creative heartbeat in the hosts’ starting XI and if Liverpool can limit his influence they stand a markedly better chance of recording victory.

Depending on whether Erisken starts on the left wing or in the hole behind Harry Kane, the visitors will need to stay close to him and limit the space between their defence and midfield to reap results.

Win the midfield battle

James Milner Philippe Coutinho

Arguably Tottenham’s best performing player of the season so far Eric Dier is set to miss the clash after picking up his fifth yellow card of the campaign at the Liberty Stadium.

Regardless of who deputises for the versatile England under-21 man, this will give the visiting side the required emphasis to win the 50-50’s in the boiler room at White Hart Lane.

Although Jordan Henderson is unavailable still, if Emre Can and James Milner can get the lion’s share of the ball and prevent Dele Alli from having an impression on the game, Liverpool could get the upper hand.

Get Coutinho on the ball and attack Tottenham in wide areas

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The most positive piece of news for the Reds ahead of the clash is the return to fitness of Philippe Coutinho, with the Brazilian the team’s most influential player bar none.

If Klopp’s side can get the former Inter Milan man on the ball in space, he has the individual ability to win the game for the visitors.

Meanwhile, with question marks remaining over the defensive ability of Tottenham’s full-backs, getting Nathaniel Clyne and Alberto Moreno forward could well be a source of success in the final third for the Merseyside outfit also.