On sunday afternoon Tottenham host Liverpool in Mauricio Pochettino's first big test of his tenure. A win at White Hart Lane for the home side will show their rivals that the North Londoners mean business.
Spurs have overcome West Ham and QPR, as well as Cypriot side AEL Limassol, but Brendan Rodgers' Reds represent a much bigger test. They may be missing Luis Suarez but new signing Mario Balotelli brings excitement, in various guises, and Daniel Sturridge and Raheem Sterling will be looking to kick on a level in the Uruguayan's absence.
Despite playing on Thursday night, fatigue should not be an issue given we are still early into the season, Spurs are playing their third home game in a row, and Pochettino will be able to bring back the likes of Emmanuel Adebayor, Christian Eriksen, Erik Lamela and Jan Vertonghen, amongst others.
The match has the potential to be an intriguing tactical battle. Liverpool came unstuck against a Manchester City team that sat back and attacked on the counter, while Spurs have been revitalised by their new manager with a high tempo, high pressing game.
In the likes of Sterling, Sturridge and Coutinho, Rodgers will be licking his lips at the prospect of attacking the space behind the Spurs defensive line. Pochettino, however, may think attack is the best form of defence against a Liverpool team that is still susceptible at the back despite the additions of Dejan Lovren, Javier Manquillo and Alberto Moreno.
With Lamela, Nacer Chadli, Danny Rose and Etienne Capoue looking different players under the new regime, Spurs fans will hope they can avenge the 5-0 defeat at the hands of Liverpool last season that spelt the end for Andre Villas-Boas.
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