Emile Heskey, speaking on behalf of GentingBet, has told Tottenham Hotspur that they must copy Manchester United if they are to beat Liverpool this weekend.
Spurs take on the Reds at Anfield this weekend as they look to record their fourth win of the season, having lost three, won three and drawn three this season.
United, of course, recorded a positive result against the Reds at Old Trafford over the weekend, drawing 1-1 thanks to Marcus Rashford’s goal.
Ex-Liverpool striker Heskey has pinpointed their treatment of the full-backs as integral to the result, as the club repeatedly looked to stop both Andrew Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold from reaching the byline.
Speaking exclusively to Football FanCast, he explained: “They’ll obviously be targeting the full-back areas. I don’t necessarily think they’re the strongest down those sides. They’ll be targeting them not just with Mo Salah and Mane but also Trent Alexander-Arnold and Robertson.
“As we saw with the goal against Man United, Robertson was the one that was crossing it and United did really well, by the way, to keep him crossing the ball from so far back.
“As they got more fatigued throughout the game, he was able to move forward and cross from further up and that’s what happens when you don’t close them down. Their delivery is brilliant. So you’ve got to stop them.
“You saw like, even last season, you’ve got one of them crossing it and the other one scoring at times! It’s weird. Traditionally you say that one goes forward and the other one has to stay back but they seem to be going against all of that tradition. They’re world-class and they’ve been recognised as that.”
Both Alexander-Arnold and Robertson have been genuinely brilliant for Liverpool in recent seasons.
Per WhoScored, the right-back averages 3.3 key passes per game in the Premier League, while Robertson averages 1.3.
Funnily enough, the Scotland international has a much better accuracy rate, with 85.3% to 72.8%.
But stopping the pair of them will be key to Spurs’ chances of victory, though it is easier said than done.
Both Serge Aurier and Danny Rose have struggled this season and they will need help.
The two wingers ahead of them will play a key role in potentially pinning the two full-backs in their own half; Son Heung-Min and either Erik Lamela or Lucas Moura will be vital.