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Tottenham v Liverpool: Five players who could make the difference

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It might still be early doors in the Premier League, but Tottenham's game against Liverpool could reveal a lot about how their respective seasons are going to pan out.

The main question, of course, is which version of Liverpool will turn up to White Hart Lane - the sensational, blistering Reds who scored four at the Emirates on the opening day, or the woeful outfit who succumbed to a 2-0 reverse at Burnley despite having over 80% of the possession.


Tottenham themselves have been looking a little flat, though they are as yet unbeaten after two games. Several of their key players came back late from the Euros, but it's surely only a matter of time before they start to click.

Pitting the two sides against each other is certainly going to be interesting, as you get the feeling this is a game that could really go either way, with plenty of goals up for grabs.

Even aside from the battle between two of the league's brightest young managers, Mauricio Pochettino and Jurgen Klopp, who both love to play pressing football, many of the players on show have something to prove.

In fact, there are at least five players who could decide how the game goes.

Vincent Janssen (Tottenham)

The general consensus around north London is that it's only a matter of time before Vincent Janssen gets on the scoresheet. Janssen offers exactly what Spurs have been missing; a bit more determination and the ability to hold the ball up.

The Dutchman was the top scorer in last season's Eredivisie for AZ Alkmaar and with goals at 10 fantasy points apiece, that makes him an excellent choice for this week's DraftKings' fantasy football line-up.

Erik Lamela (Tottenham)

Erik Lamela still needs to find some consistency, but he's already being predicted as one of the Players of the Season. If the Argentinian can fulfil his potential, starting with the Liverpool game, he's going to be a massive threat this year.

Even if the attacking midfielder had a mixed game against Crystal Palace, the Eagles still found him hard to contain as he zipped about the pitch. Pochettino will be asking him for that kind of width again, and he could even sneak in some crosses from the wing, each earning 0.75 points.


Adam Lallana (Liverpool)

It was rumoured that Adam Lallana wanted a reunion with Pochettino over the summer and this weekend, Spurs could be left regretting that they never really pursued a transfer.

The England international can score, as he reminded Arsenal, but against Spurs, he's likely to be on the right side of the front line, making an assist more likely. Creating a goal for one of his teammates will earn him 6 points, but he offers much more than that with his relentless chasing down of the ball.

Roberto Firmino (Liverpool)

Roberto Firmino actually has a lot in common with Lamela; signed for £32million, the South American initially struggled to live up to his price tag, but has given plenty of glimpses as to why Liverpool forked out such a huge figure to bring him to Anfield.

The 24-year-old isn't afraid to take a shot on goal, but he might want to work on his shooting accuracy, as those which fall on target earn 2 points, as opposed to just a single point for shots off target.

Victor Wanyama (Tottenham)

As well as being a huge physical presence in midfield, Victor Wanyama demonstrated against Crystal Palace that he can be a threat from corners. That has got to spell trouble for Liverpool, as frankly, they still don't know how to deal with set pieces however hard they work on them in training.

Tackles won come at 1 point apiece and that's where Wanyama is key. The Kenyan isn't flawless, though, and his, shall we say, overzealous. shoulder barges pick him up his fair share of yellow cards, which come with a penalty of 1.5 points.


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