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How Tottenham's Heung-Min Son performed against Jurgen Klopp in the Bundesliga

The new Tottenham Hotspur attacker netted five times in his last five matches against the man now in charge of Liverpool.

New Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp’s first match in charge will be against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane on Saturday and the German will no doubt be hoping Heung-Min Son is still unavailable for the hosts.

The South Korea international is currently side-lined with a foot injury and is unlikely to recover in time to face Liverpool at the weekend, but how exactly did Son fare when he came up against Klopp in Germany?

Son’s first encounter with Klopp’s Borussia Dortmund side came in 2010 when he came off the bench for the last 25 minutes of a 2-0 defeat and he did not feature in the reverse fixture which ended 1-1 later that season.

The following campaign he was still out of luck, missing the first match against Dortmund with a fever before watching a 5-1 defeat from the bench in early 2012. But it is worth bearing in mind that Son – still only 23 – was not yet the Bundesliga star he later became.

Things changed the following season in what was Son’s real breakout campaign in Germany, and he scored braces both home and away against Dortmund in 3-2 and 4-1 victories to announce his talent in emphatic fashion.

Tottenham may well have started to take notice that season, when he ended the campaign with 12 goals in 33 matches, but it was Bayer Leverkusen who made their move and Son quickly added a fifth goal in matches against Klopp, netting in a 1-0 victory when played as a central striker.

In his final season in Germany, Son failed to score in his one and only match against Dortmund, but Tottenham know they have a player who made a habit of netting against Klopp in his final few years in the Bundesliga.

It is just a shame for Tottenham that Son is likely to be unavailable this weekend…although the new Liverpool boss may well be breathing a sigh of relief.

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