Liverpool and Tottenham supporters are eagerly anticipating the Premier League clash between the two sides this weekend, as domestic football returns after a two-week break for internationals.
Jurgen Klopp’s Reds currently sit top of the table having won each of their opening four league matches, and will be hoping to avenge last season’s 4-1 hammering at the hands of Spurs when they visit Wembley on Saturday. Yet Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham have also done well in the early stages of the season in winning three of their four games, and will seek to draw upon that success last term in a bid to seal all three points against the Merseysiders this weekend.
And Saturday will see influential duo Mohamed Salah and Lucas Moura go head-to-head, and with both having joined their respective sides in the last 12 months or so, let’s see how they compare…
Very few could have imagined what impact Egypt international Salah was going to have on this Liverpool team last season, not least because his previous spell in English football at Chelsea was something of a disappointment.
The 26-year-old was absolutely sensational in netting a staggering 44 goals in just 52 appearances for the Reds last term, 32 of which coming in the Premier League to see him beat the likes of Harry Kane to the Golden Boot award.
And in scoring twice and laying on two assists in four games this time round, Salah doesn’t look like stopping anytime soon, which makes the £36.9 million they spent on the Egyptian last summer look like an absolute bargain.
Liverpool have been tipped by many this term to go on and challenge Manchester City for the title, and the form of Salah will have a big say in whether they are indeed able to do that this season.
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Lucas Moura made the move to Tottenham back in January of this year after five years at Paris Saint-Germain, in which time the winger helped the French giants win four consecutive Ligue 1 titles.
Yet a lack of playing time in the first half of the 2017/18 campaign prompted Pochettino to lure him to North London, yet Spurs fans simply didn’t see the best of him last term, with the Brazil international netting just once in 11 appearances for the club.
However, after a full and very promising pre-season, Tottenham supporters are now beginning to see the best of Moura given he has bagged three goals in four games for Spurs this season, including a brace in their impressive 3-0 win over Manchester United.
Clearly, having a fully fit and on-fire 26-year-old will feel like a new signing to Pochettino this term, and such have been his efforts so far, it looks like the Brazilian will play a key part in what success Tottenham have this season.
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Clearly, messrs Salah and Moura are top players and look set to embark on excellent seasons in the Premier League this time round, with both likely to play influential roles for Liverpool and Tottenham respectively.
And while the latter has been on-fire and somewhat outshone Salah in the early stages of this season, what the Egyptian did last time round was simply extraordinary – Moura is going to have to go some to usurp the Reds lynchpin.
Liverpool and Tottenham fans… what do you think? Let us know!