Klopp plays down Kane fatigue concerns ahead of Spurs clash
LONDON, Sept 14, 2018 (News Wires) - Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has dismissed claims that it is the perfect time to face Tottenham Hotspur because of injuries to key players and concern over striker Harry Kane’s form and freshness.
Kane, who won the Golden Boot at this year’s World Cup with six goals, has started 61 matches in all competitions for club and country since the start of last season.
The England captain has been far from his best at the start of the new campaign and Klopp reckons the national team’s run to the World Cup semi-finals meant plenty of players were not afforded adequate recovery time.
“We all knew after the World Cup, especially when England went so far in the tournament they had no rest,” Klopp told Sky Sports ahead of Liverpool’s Premier League trip to Spurs Saturday.
“We all need rest. He (Kane) cannot get the rest match-wise but he will find his form, maybe at the weekend, he has already delivered, it’s not that he’s not in good shape.”
Tottenham will be without attacking midfielder Dele Alli and captain Hugo Lloris through injury.
Delays over the new stadium and a surprise defeat by Watford before the international break means Tottenham’s preparation for a game against Liverpool side boasting a 100 percent record so far has not been ideal.
But Klopp believes his team will be tested by Spurs, whose squad depth allows them to replace any player in the starting line-up.
“You go through the line-up of Tottenham and realise they can replace even Dele Alli, Lloris,” he added.