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Tottenham will keep Salah and co at bay if Pochettino selects this defence vs Liverpool

Tottenham will keep Salah and co at bay if Pochettino selects this defence vs Liverpool

Tottenham have had a good start to the 2018/19 season, and despite the uncertainty surrounding their new stadium, Mauricio Pochettino has got his team to do the talking on the pitch. Barring a defeat to Watford, the Lilywhites have enjoyed a brilliant run so far in the league, and when you consider their failure to bring in any new players over the summer, that’s a testament to their quality.

They’re facing a big test this weekend, though, when Liverpool come to town. Like Spurs, the Reds have done well this year, and in Jurgen Klopp, they have a manager that has clearly set his eyes on the ultimate prize – the Premier League.

Naturally, then, this game will be Tottenham’s hardest yet this season, and so the team that Pochettino picks will be crucial. Given the lethal nature of Liverpool’s squad, namely Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane, it’s imperative that Tottenham’s defence, in particular, is up to the challenge.

But who will, or rather should, Pochettino go for?

On the left, Ben Davies and Danny Rose have switched in and out so far this season. They’ve both looked okay, and Danny Rose is coming off the back of a fantastic performance for his country England against Switzerland during the international break. However, so far this term, Davies has provided just a touch more consistency. Pochettino is clearly open-minded to utilising both players, but eventually, he’ll have to make a decision. Davies served him well last season, and importantly, he’s been far more efficient defensively as of late. For Tottenham, then, against Mo Salah and co, he may be a better choice.

On the right, the rise of Kieran Trippier should surely continue. The Englishman had a great campaign last season, a brilliant World Cup, and he’s continued to impress in the Premier League this season. Offering far more than just defensive ability, the defender’s ability on the ball, set-piece delivery and consistency make him one of Spurs’ most valuable players. For Pochettino, he’s indispensable.

In the middle, Pochettino has opted for a reliable duo for much of the season, and that’s something that he should continue against Liverpool. Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen are up there with Europe’s best central defenders, and the former appears to have regained Mauricio Pochettino’s trust. They’ve both looked very good this season, with Tottenham impressing defensively. In particular, Alderwereild has really regained his form, and that’s been key for the Lilywhites.

Other players, like Davinson Sanchez, could also be in the running – so who should Pochettino pick?


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