Redknapp said: “Spurs won’t know how Liverpool are going to play. They would have been watching tapes of Brendan Rodgers’s team and would have roughly known how he would have approached it. Now, they won’t know if Liverpool are going to press high up the pitch or what system will he play. At the end of the day, Tottenham have to make sure their game is right.”
Spurs are unfortunate to be the first team to play Liverpool following the appointment of Jurgen Klopp as head coach, and Redknapp has highlighted the main issue they face which will give the Reds an advantage.
Having been planning to play them with Brendan Rodgers in charge, Mauricio Pochettino’s pre-match planning would have all been focused upon how he sets his teams up to play.
Now though, Pochettino has had to change this around, building his team to deal with how Klopp will set his side up, going off nothing but videos of his time at Borussia Dortmund.
This will give Pochettino something of an idea about Klopp’s game plan, but there is no knowing if he will incorporate the same system at Liverpool as he did with the Bundesliga side.
Spurs are heading into the game blind, and Pochettino must ensure his game plan is perfect to make sure that Liverpool have no advantage in the game following Klopp’s appointment.