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Tottenham Hotspur will pose a ‘really tough test’ for Liverpool, says Ange Postecoglou

Both Liverpool and Spurs are two of four unbeaten teams left in the Premier League this season

Reuters London Published 30.09.23, 09:05 AM
Juergen Klopp.

Juergen Klopp. File photo

Liverpool will be a great test for Tottenham Hotspur as the North London club tries to impose their new brand of football when the two sides meet in the Premier League this weekend, Spurs boss Ange Postecoglou said on Friday.

Both Liverpool and Spurs are two of four unbeaten teams left in the Premier League this season, but Juergen Klopp’s side are on the longest unbeaten run among clubs in Europe’s top leagues, last losing in April in the 2022-23 campaign.


Liverpool were eighth at that time last season but ultimately finished fifth and although they failed to qualify for the Champions League, Postecoglou said the Anfield side are on the rise again.

“They’ve been a very good football team for a while now. Obviously they fell off the pace last year a little, but the elements of who they are as a football team have always been there. It’s a great test for us,” Postecoglou told reporters.

“They probably bring something different from any other team in the league in the way they play and the manner they go about things.

“It’ll be a really good test for us to try to impose our football on a team that’s fairly unique in the way they play the game.”

Spurs have also been a team on the rise since Postecoglou took charge, with a wave of optimism sweeping across the white half of North London after the club had their best start to a league season in 57 years.

While Postecoglou has only begun to leave his mark, the Australian praised Klopp for what the German had brought to not just Liverpool but the entire league, marvelling at their high-tempo playing style offensively and defensively.

Postecoglou said forward Brennan Johnson will miss out on Saturday with injury while James Maddison and Son Heung-min will be assessed.

“Madders and Sonny trained today, just finished the session and seemed to get through it not too bad,” he said.

Stones to miss tie

John Stones will miss Manchester City’s match at Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday but the England defender could be back next week, manager Pep Guardiola said on Friday.

Stones has been out since he suffered a pre-season muscle injury and City are also without midfielder Bernardo Silva and have Rodri serving a three-match ban while Kevin De Bruyne is long-term injured.

“He is better, much better,” Guardiola said of Stones. “He feels really good, training alone but maybe next week or after Leipzig he will start.”

Holders City play at RB Leipzig in the group stage of the Champions League on Wednesday before a trip to Arsenal in the Premier League on October 8.

City have a 100 per cent record in the Premier League this season and are favourites for a seventh win in a row despite losing 1-0 to Newcastle United in the League Cup third round on Wednesday.

Guardiola said City would not be negatively affected by that defeat. “You win games you lose games. We were disappointed the day after but now we focus on the next one,” he said.

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