Liverpool travel to Wembley Stadium on Saturday for a lunchtime clash against Tottenham Hotspur which will have title favourites Manchester City and the rest of the footballing world looking on with intrigue.
Two of England’s heavyweights will go head-to-head at the home of English football in a fixture which will hand both Tottenham and Liverpool an opportunity to lay down a gauntlet in the Premier League title race.
After emphatically tearing Manchester United apart in their own back yard, Tottenham looked nailed on to be a strong contender for the title this season, but a follow up defeat against Watford brought them back down to earth with a bang.
Meanwhile, Liverpool have started the season in ominous fashion with Sadio Mane taking over from Mo Salah as the club’s most potent attacking threat, and their fine form has provoked Martin Keown to make a bold claim after just 4 fixtures.
In his weekly column for the Daily Mail, Keown tipped Liverpool to beat Tottenham 2-1 on Saturday lunchtime before ‘backing Liverpool to be champions’ of the Premier League.
Although Liverpool’s early season promise suggests they have the tools to dethrone Manchester City, it’s incredibly early for Keown to be writing off a side who breached the 100-point mark last season.
The summer transfer window was kind to Manchester City and Liverpool: both sides added quality to their squads and stayed well clear of the transfer spotlight concerning potential departures which often serve as an unwanted distraction, so Keown must be basing his prediction largely on the first 4 fixtures.
That Keown has decided to tip Liverpool for the title speaks volumes about how impressed he has been with the Reds thus far, but a defeat against Tottenham Hotspur may well force him to change his tune.
Tottenham’s defeat against Watford seems to have swayed opinion in favour of Liverpool ahead of their clash, but Pochettino will certainly be looking for a reaction from his team who will be missing key figureheads in Dele Alli and Hugo Lloris.
Regardless of the result tomorrow, Keown certainly has grounds to suggest Liverpool will win the title this season in what is already shaping up to be a compelling battle between a plethora of fascinating tacticians in Klopp, Guardiola, Pochettino, Sarri, Emery and Mourinho, even if his prediction is rather premature just 4 games into the new season.
Rest assured, Man City fans will certainly have their reservations about Keown’s prediction.
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