Tottenham Hotspur are back in Premier League action tonight as they head to defending champions, Liverpool, in a top-of-the-table clash.
Jose Mourinho will learn a lot about his side in a game like this, as will we – are they genuine title contenders?
We’re about to find out.
The north Londoners travel to Anfield on the back of a disappointing 1-1 draw to Crystal Palace on Sunday afternoon.
Spurs rested on their laurels with a one-goal advantage and they were made to pay for doing so after Hugo Lloris spilled a ball into the path of Jeffrey Schlupp late on.
It was an off-day for much of the squad, though one player continued to look underwhelming yet again.
As ruthless as it may be, the Spaniard should probably be dropped for this one, especially when you consider he’s going to be coming up against potentially the best right-flank in the division in Trent Alexander-Arnold and the ten-goal Mo Salah.
The pair can be devastating on their day, which is why the defensively-sound Ben Davies should be preferred to the £80k-per-week summer arrival.
In the past week alone, the 23-year-old former Real Madrid star has lost possession 19 times against an average Palace side and won just two of six duels against Royal Antwerp in the Europa League, per SofaScore.
And in the north London derby, he could only make 64% of his passing attempts.
Perhaps some of this form can be attributed to burnout, he has started eight of their last nine Premier League matches after all.
Davies can offer an alternative capable of frustrating Jurgen Klopp and his lethal-looking frontline – last season as the first-choice left-back, the Welshman averaged 1.6 tackles and 2.3 clearances per game, via WhoScored.
Spurs have another tricky fixture on the horizon in Leicester City, who themselves are hunting down a successive appearance in Europe next term, so rotation will be key this week going into a hectic festive period.
Once lauded as “unstoppable” by ex-Spain coach Robert Moreno and a player “everyone loves” on the training ground by Alasdair Gold, it’s time to give the popular Reguilon a little break ahead of a crucial run-in.