By Gary Fulcher and Daniel Rhodes.
The Jürgen Klopp era begins with a trip to White Hart Lane on Saturday – 12.45pm kick off UK time – where Mauricio Pochettino and his Tottenham side will he hoping to prevent the Reds from securing their sixth consecutive win against them in the Premier League. Liverpool’s last five victories (home and away) against Spurs has seen the Reds score 18 times and concede four, with the corresponding fixture last season ending with a 3-0 victory for Liverpool.
Despite the Reds’ recent dominance in this fixture the North London outfit have finished ahead of Liverpool in five of the last six seasons (2014/15, 2012/13, 2011/12, 2010/11 and 2009/10) and they currently sit two places (8th) and one point (13 to our 12) above the Reds, with a superior goal difference of +4 to our -2.
It will be interesting to see how Klopp – the 2013 FIFA World Coach of the Year runner up to Bayern’s Jupp Heynckes – sets up his first Liverpool team and how much the squad have taken on board since his appointment. With many of the players who were away on international duty not returning to Liverpool until Wednesday, the improvement is unlikely to be a significant one (at least in terms of the players fully understanding what is now required of them and having the time to work on it) but it’s hard not to improve upon the poor performances the Liverpool faithful have witnessed over the past few months.
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