Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino announced yesterday that he sees striker Harry Kane at the club for a long time, which is a positive announcement as far as Liverpool are concerned.
Tottenham and Liverpool are reportedly interested in the same attacking target, Saido Berahino of West Brom, and Kane’s departure from White Hart Lane would increase the pressure on the Argentine to secure the Baggies star.
Pochettino was reacting to rumours which suggested his old club Southampton were preparing a £10 million move for Kane, which prompted the following response.
“Harry is a very important player and I am sure he will stay with us for a long time, I am head coach and I have to make decisions on selection. I have to analyse the situation and pick different players,” said the Spurs boss.
So with Kane set to stay at Spurs ‘for a long time’, how exactly does that benefit Liverpool?
Pochettino’s comments echo his support for Kane at the start of the season and suggest that the Tottenham boss will continue to rotate the three strikers at Spurs throughout the season in a predominantly one striker system.
In short, keeping Kane would mean no need to go after Berahino and that’s where Liverpool come in.
Liverpool are the side strongly linked with rivalling Spurs for the England under-21 star, who has become one of the top scorers in the Premier League this season.
With Daniel Sturridge absent through injury, none of Liverpool’s strikers have been able to step up to the plate and throw down a serious claim for the number nine role, which could cause Brendan Rodgers to shake things up this winter.
Kane has started to hit good form with Tottenham and the decision to sell him would be an unpopular one, even if it meant a better chance of snapping up Berahino on a long term deal.
If Kane stays and Spurs go after Berahino regardless, there’s a good chance it pushes Kane further down the pecking order which Pochettino seems reluctant to do based on his above comments.
It should be a fascinating one to track over the winter.