Connect with us


Opinion: 3 Things Tottenham must do to derail Liverpool’s title charge



Three things Tottenham Hotspur need to do to deny Liverpool

Jose Mourinho will attempt to thwart yet another Liverpool title charge when Tottenham play Liverpool in the Premier League this Saturday.

Jurgen Klopp’s table-toppers are currently 13 points clear at the top with a game in hand. In Mourinho, they face the ultimate party pooper who relishes on other team’s misfortunes.

The Portuguese famously denied Liverpool an unlikely title in the 2013-14 season, much to the disbelief of the Anfield crowd. This match, however, will not be quite as dramatic, given Liverpool’s gap at the top. But the chance to put one over a long-time rival should be motivation to Jose.

Tottenham Hotspur Liverpool

The last two weeks have been horrendous for Spurs. Losses have been overshadowed by injuries to key players as the club fall behind in the race for fourth place. A horrible matchup on paper, Liverpool should present Spurs with the ideal opportunity to put in a performance to kick on from.

Liverpool have dropped just 2 points all season. A Spurs victory here will not necessarily derail their title charge. It can, however, lay the foundation for a resurgent Tottenham assault on the top-four. If that happens, you can bet on Mourinho making a meal of being the first manager to beat the Reds this season, that too with a depleted squad.

The match may not amount to much when it comes to the title race but it can make all the difference to Spurs in the race for Champions League qualification. We take a look at three things Tottenham need to do to derail Liverpool.

Shackle Jordan Henderson

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has been imperious of late. The 29-year-old, who was once surplus at Anfield, is now indispensable for the Reds. Henderson has been in excellent form of late and has bossed the midfield, dictating the play. If Liverpool’s attack is an orchestra, then Henderson is the maestro.

Henderson’s ability to run the game from the midfield was apparent in the romp against Leicester and the win against Sheffield United. He won control of the midfield early on and did not relinquish it thereafter. The opposition were always forced to play catchup as the Reds then piled on the pressure.


This cannot happen on today. Henderson should be man-marked and closed down, giving him less time on the ball. With Fabinho and Naby Keita out injured, closing down Henderson can help nullify Liverpool starting attacks from the midfield.

Spurs should focus on giving Henderson less time on the ball. The Englishman usually drops deep and collects the ball from his defenders with his back facing the opposition goal.

Tottenham must make use of such opportunities to nick the ball off the Reds skipper and counter at pace with Son Heung-Min and Lucas Moura. Henderson is Liverpool’s engine and shutting him down can stall the Reds juggernaut.

Be unpredictable in defence

One of Tottenham’s major problems under Mourinho has been the inability to be unpredictable. When available, the starting line-up hasn’t changed and neither has the formation and tactics. With Liverpool sure to have done their homework, Spurs will have to catch them off guard.

Liverpool’s playmaking abilities come to the fore when their fullbacks come alive. Jan Vertonghen’s lack of pace could make him a liability at left-back, while Sessegnon isn’t trusted by Mourinho. This coupled with Andy Robertson’s ability to get under the skin of the players, Aurier could be walking a tightrope if he gets flustered.

Tottenham Hotspur defense

Instead, Mourinho can go with 5 at the back. A defensive core of Davinson Sanchez, Toby Alderwiereld and Jan Vertonghen flanked by Aurier and Sessegnon.

This can reduce the defensive responsibilities on both Aurier and Sessegnon, letting them make use of their attacking tendencies and pace to hit Liverpool on the counter. This can also limit the Liverpool full-backs from pushing forward and contributing to the attack.

With three centre-backs narrowing the pitch down, Firmino will also be hard-pressed to find spaces to move into. This limits his influence on the game. Given the player’s record against us, nullifying Firmino’s influence will help negate Liverpool’s ability to find pockets of space to run into.

Use their own strengths against them

Liverpool usually attack at pace and one of the reasons they can swarm the opposition defence with ease is their ability to win the ball high upfield and then play the attackers through with a ball over the defence.

This was displayed in the UEFA Champions League final when Mane was put through in the first minute with an overhead ball that took out the Spurs defence.

Spurs have a good chance of winning the ball back by targetting Henderson in the midfield. We should aim to win the ball off him higher upfield and then counter at pace with Moura and Son running into channels.

This can also give the Tottenham midfield to get runners up the pitch. Aurier and Sessegnon can also push up the flanks in an attempt to swarm the Liverpool defence.

More Tottenham News

The Reds defence is extremely well organized and it will take a clever unit of players working in unison to jettison them.

In Moura and Son, we have a couple of intelligent players who are capable of just that. If they work in unison with Dele Alli and Ndombele in the midfield, Spurs have a good shot at hitting Liverpool where they least expect it.


Tottenham accept Serie A club’s £16.7m offer for this first-team man



Christian Eriksen to join Inter Milan for £16.7 million

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Christian Eriksen looks all set to move to Inter Milan after the club accepted the Italian giants’ £16.7 million offer for the player. (h/t Guardian)

Eriksen’s future had been uncertain for the longest time but the report adds that he will fly to Milan for his medical early next week.

Although losing him does leave a bitter taste, it is great that we have managed to acquire a considerable fee. Eriksen has been a mainstay in our midfield since 2013 and will leave behind a legacy as one of the club’s best players in the Premier League era.

Christian Eriksen
Eriksen has been a mainstay in the Tottenham midfield since 2013

According to the report, the Danish international has accepted a four-and-a-half-year contract worth a basic £260,000-a-week wage structure that could potentially rise to £320,000 with add-ons.

The End and the Beginning

Eriksen was part of what was arguably Tottenham’s best Premier League team. He played a crucial role in the midfield and in many ways, the Champions League final loss to Liverpool was the last hurrah. Jose Mourinho now has an opportunity to rebuild a side that seems to have run out of inspiration.

However, Tottenham have done well to orchestrate a deal now instead of losing the player for free in the summer. The 27-year-old’s departure will provide the likes of Giovani Lo Celso and Gedson Fernandes with more opportunities to express.

More Tottenham News

Eriksen has made 304 appearances and scored 69 goals in six-and-a-half seasons at Tottenham. He was part of the squads that finished second in the Football League Cup in 2015 and UEFA Champions League in 2019.

He is a two-time Tottenham Hotspur Player of the Year winner, having won the awards in 2013-14 and 2016-17. He was also nominated to the PFA Team of the Year for 2017-18.

Continue Reading


“Who needs Christian”: Some Spurs fans react to this star’s display in 1-1 draw vs Southampton



Twitter reacts to Giovani Lo Celso’s performance against Southampton

In another murky performance by Tottenham, the lone figure of Giovani Lo Celso shone bright. A frustrating night for Tottenham ensued as a spirited Southampton side fought back from a goal down to send the tie into a replay.

Spurs looked to have done enough only for Sofiane Boufal to equalize for the Saints in the 87th minute. The tie will now be played on 5th February at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Unfortunately for Spurs, it disrupts the club’s plans for a winter break from 2nd-15th February.

In a largely average display, Giovani Lo Celso stood head and shoulders above the rest and provided a promising display that has been some time in the making.

It is symbolic that the Argentine chose to showcase his talent on the day Tottenham accepted Inter Milan’s bid for Christian Eriksen (h/t BBC).

Giovani Lo Celso
Giovani Lo Celso was Tottenham’s best player at Southampton

The highlight of the game has to be Lo Celso’s surging run to set up Son Heung-Min’s opener. The 23-year old drove forward from the midfield and dodged five Southampton players before squaring the ball to Son, who finished at the far corner.

The Argentine pulled another one out of the hat as he lobbed a delicious ball to Son soon after. However, the South Korean could only smash the ball over.

Tottenham fans were encouraged by Lo Celso’s showing and took to Twitter to lavish praises on the Argentine international.

Twitter Reacts to Giovani Lo Celso’s performance

More Tottenham News

Continue Reading


Tottenham join the chase for this promising Spanish midfielder



Tottenham are interested in Spanish playmaker Dani Olmo

Tottenham have joined the race to sign Spanish playmaker Dani Olmo from Dinamo Zagreb. Sportske Novotsi (h/t Football London)

The report also claims that a bid has been made for his services by an unnamed Premier League club worth £21.3 million.

Dani Olmo
Dani Olmo helped Spain win the U21 Euros during the summer (Image credit: Getty)

The 21-year-old surprised everyone with his decision to swap La Masia for Dinamo Zagreb in 2014. He has since thrived in Croatia, making 124 appearances scoring 34 goals. (h/t Whoscored)

Primarily a central attacking midfielder, Olmo is also capable of playing on either flank and also as a forward if necessary. His versatility will be a huge addition to a Spurs side seeking both dynamism and inspiration.

The youngster has been in good form this season with 8 goals and 7 assists in 22 games. His performances have seen him win the awards for best player and best young player in the Croatian First Division.

The midfielder is likely to prefer a move to Barcelona and Spurs will do well to secure the player given his demand.

More Tottenham News

Mourinho is interested in signing Real Madrid striker Luka Jovic
Islam Slimani emerges as Tottenham Hotspur target
Midfielder Tanguy Ndombele has hinted at a return to action

Olmo has won 1 cap for the Spanish national team. He scored on his debut in the 7-0 win over Malta.

Continue Reading


Italian giants submit increased €15m bid for wantaway Tottenham star



Inter Milan make new €15 million bid for Christian Eriksen

Italian giants Inter Milan are set to increase their bid for Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen. (h/t Guardian)

Inter have already had an earlier bid of €10m plus add-ons rejected last week. The Italians are now set to increase their bid to €15m plus add ons.

Antonio Conte is keen on signing Eriksen to bolster his side’s bid for a first Serie A title since 2009 (h/t Guardian). The club are believed to have already agreed on personal terms with the 27-year-old Danish star.

Christian Eriksen

Christian Eriksen, who has been the lynchpin of the Spurs midfield, looks a forlorn figure intent on leaving the club this month.

The Dane, who joined us in the summer of 2013, has gone on to 304 appearances in his time here. He has contributed to us regularly qualifying for the Champions League and also to the run to the final in 2019.

The fee mentioned above is a steal for someone of Eriksen’s quality. With the midfielder’s contract expiring this summer, Spurs would do well to sell him in the January transfer window than lose him for a free in the summer.

Inter seem keen on reinforcing their team using Premiership based players as they look to overtake Juventus in Serie A.

More Tottenham News

Mourinho is interested in signing Real Madrid striker Luka Jovic
Islam Slimani emerges as Tottenham Hotspur target
Midfielder Tanguy Ndombele has hinted at a return to action

The 27-year-old has given Spurs years of brilliance and has earnt the right to look for a new challenge elsewhere.

Given his contribution to Tottenham’s rise as a formidable force in the 2010s, we hope he gets us top dollar this January that can aid in Mourinho’s rebuild.

Continue Reading