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Tottenham v Liverpool talking points

Tottenham host Liverpool as two of the Premier League's top pressing teams meet at White Hart Lane.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at some of the major talking points ahead of the clash.


When the two sides met in Jurgen Klopp's first match in charge of Liverpool last October the German's high-pressure game was immediately evident. Tottenham have been employing the same tactics even longer so this encounter is likely to come down to who makes the fewest errors in possession.


Speaking of mistakes three of the five goals Liverpool have conceded this season have been self-inflicted after giving the ball away easily. A thrilling 4-3 win at Arsenal was followed by a 2-0 defeat at Burnley, thereby encapsulating Liverpool's performances last season in just two matches. They tend to perform better against the top sides so expect an improved display at White Hart Lane.


The manager and player have both had their say on whether the England striker can/should play wide (answer: Klopp says Sturridge has to be more flexible). Sturridge has been deployed on the right of a front three on his two appearances this season but his two goals against Burton in the EFL Cup hardly convinced he can succeed there. Klopp obviously has a gameplan which involves incorporating Sturridge but the player may need to learn quickly.


Tottenham had the joint-best defensive record last season and they look like they are set for a repeat performance. The only goal they have conceded so far was Ross Barkley's direct free-kick and the centre-back pairing of Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld has become one of the best in the Premier League, with full-backs Kyle Walker and Danny Rose adding an extra attacking impetus. Injury to goalkeeper Hugo Lloris does weaken Spurs, however.


Last season's 28-goal striker has played all-but one minute of Spurs' first two matches but has not yet opened his account. He may be suffering a hangover from England's Euro 2016 campaign, in which he started three of their four matches, but Tottenham fans should not be too concerned. Last season he took nine matches to get off the mark and scored the majority of his goals in the second half of the campaign.


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