Alderweireld, Lamela and Kane will be key for Tottenham against Liverpool

Discussing the Tottenham Hotspur players with a vital role to play this weekend.

Tottenham Hotspur welcome Liverpool to White Hart Lane on Saturday lunchtime for the first Premier League match after the latest international break.

The game is Jurgen Klopp’s first since taking charge of the Reds and it will be interesting to see how Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino approaches the encounter.

Here we take a look at three Spurs players who will be vital if the hosts ultimately take all three points:

Toby Alderweireld

With Eric Dier suspended and Nabil Bentaleb not yet fully fit, there could be a switch in position for Tottenham centre-back Toby Alderweireld.

The Belgian international is more than capable of playing in a holding midfield role and he did just that at times for former club Southampton last season.

It may not come to that, but wherever Alderweireld plays he is going to be key for Tottenham with Liverpool’s forward-line desperate to impress Klopp on their first outing.

Most likely playing in the heart of defence, Alderweireld will have to keep the likes of Danny Ings and Daniel Sturridge at bay, which is never an easy proposition.

Erik Lamela

Argentine international Erik Lamela has been in great form for Tottenham this season and this is exactly the type of match where the 23-year-old needs to influence things from the start.

If Lamela plays to his potential he can cause Liverpool’s full-backs plenty of problems and that could be the difference between victory and defeat.

Harry Kane

With Heung-Min Son injured the responsibility for scoring rests heavily on the shoulders of Harry Kane.

While he has done well for England this season, the 22-year-old has scored just once for Tottenham and what better way to announce his return to domestic form than with a stellar performance against a Klopp-inspired Liverpool?

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