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Tottenham Hotspur welcome Liverpool to White Hart Lane for their third game of the 2016/17 Premier League season on 27 August (Saturday).

Where to Watch

Kick-off is set for 12.30pm BST. Live coverage of the game in the UK is available on Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 1 HD. Catch the highlights on Match of the Day on BBC One and BBC One HD at 10.30pm BST.

Overview

The home team, Tottenham Hotspur, come into this clash on the back of a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace last week. It was a far from convincing display against a Palace side that have struggled so far, but they got three points eventually. It was important for them to put points on the board early on the campaign.

Victor Wanyama, who recently signed from Southampton, was the star of the show for Spurs, scoring the winning goal in the 87th minute. His arrival already looks like a good piece of business from the North London side and could help them in the long run.

With four points from two games, Mauricio Pochettino's men are up and running this Premier League season, but the form of key players Harry Kane and Dele Alli must be a concern, with the duo looking ineffective and tired.

Erik Lamela, who came in for criticism from his manager for showboating against Palace, will again be key in running the midfield for the hosts.

 Philippe Coutinho
Philippe Coutinho of Liverpool is unlikely to play against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday after suffering from a muscle problem Getty

Meanwhile, their opponents Liverpool's topsy-turvy form under Jurgen Klopp continued last week. They lost 2-0 to Burnley after an exciting 4-3 opening day win against Arsenal. Consistency, which seems to evade Liverpool, is an issue that manager Jurgen Klopp needs to address.

The Reds, however, will be buoyed by their 5-0 victory over Burton Albion in their midweek League cup game, which saw Daniel Sturridge come off the bench and score a brace. While their attack looks good, their defense is shaky especially with Alberto Moreno not having the best of times at left-back. What is also of a concern to Klopp is that they have only kept two clean sheets in their last 13 top flight games, conceding 19 goals in the process.

While the manager has not given any indications of buying a defender, it will be interesting to see whether defensive reinforcements arrive before the end of the transfer window.

What Managers Say

Mauricio Pochettino: "They Liverpool are quick, they have good organization, they love to counter-attack. It's different to us. We like to manage the ball, play in possession, play in the opposition's half- we are a different team with a different philosophy.

"It'll be tough. They come from a difficult loss against Burnley and they'll want to give their best."

Jurgen Klopp [On Daniel Sturridge's role in the team]: "I don't want to play Daniel as a wide player but of course he can start there and play there but in the decisive moments he needs to be involved in all the finishing situations."

"That is how football works, it is not a fixed position (where you) stay outside and wait until you get the ball- especially not in Daniel's case. Daniel is a very smart player in hiding himself in positions where it is not easy to defend and it is very often in a wing position. I know him and when we have talks there is no issue."

Betting Odds (betfair)

  • Tottenham win: 11/8
  • Draw: 21/10
  • Liverpool win: 5/2

Team News

Tottenham Hotspur

  • Injured: Lloris
  • Doubtful: N/A
  • Suspended: Dembele

Possible XI: Vorm, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Walker, Rose; Wanyama, Dier; Eriksen, Lamela, Alli; Kane.

Liverpool

  • Injured: Can, Lucas
  • Doubtful: Origi, Coutinho
  • Suspended: N/A

Possible XI: Mignolet, Clyne, Lovren, Klavan, Milner, Lallana, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Mane, Firmino, Sturridge.