Harry Kane issues war cry ahead of Liverpool meeting

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Manchester City are 15 points clear of their Red neighbours and have all but seized the trophy. The two teams who might miss out will indeed be relegated to the Europa League next season in all probabilities.

Liverpool and Tottenham make up two of those clubs vying for European football as they prepare to lock horns on Merseyside on Sunday and the epic encounter provides the ideal backdrop for the race to finish as the league's top scorer, where the two pacesetters will also go head to head as Harry Kane and Mohamed Salah look to continue strutting their stuff. Playing at Anfield offers an altogether different challenge, though, as history is not on Tottenham's side.

That ended with a surprise defeat by relegation strugglers Swansea City, although they rebounded with a 3-0 win over Huddersfield Town on Tuesday. And Kane understands the importance of a good result. They sit third in the table at 50 points - level with Chelsea but ahead on goal difference.

"Maybe because we are the younger team in the Premier League, maybe we need time to mature".

In truth, Spurs could have won by four or five had they taken all of the chances presented to them and Pochettino is unlikely to tinker too much with a winning XI.

That 4-1 defeat at Wembley saw the Reds produce a defensive horror show with Dejan Lovren substituted by Jurgen Klopp midway through the first half.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino on Lucas Moura: "He was yesterday doing some tests with our sports science and medical staff". Pochettino will be hoping that these positives are enough for his team to win at Anfield. And on the face of things, Sunday's game at Anfield has the feel of an even scrap, an arm-wrestle for the last Champions League place.

Adam Lallana is back in full team training but may not be ready in time.

Mauricio Pochettino is fully aware of this poor record and is desperate to put it right.

Tottenham's superior defence could prove to be the difference in this clash, especially if Alderweireld is fit to start.

The England global also has 18 goals in his last 13 top-flight away games. This is a six-point game.

And despite Pochettino already overseeing a 3-1 victory over European champions Real Madrid this season, Kane believes their win over United was "up there" with the best.

Spurs have not done the league double over their Merseyside opponents since the 2010-11 campaign.

Liverpool's painful meltdown at Wembley was inarguably the lowest point in their season.

"The atmosphere will be unbelievable because at Anfield, they are so tough, it's a tough atmosphere to play against".

Liverpool are unbeaten in 14 Premier League games at Anfield (W8, D6).

Harry Kane has had a hand in six goals in six Premier League appearances against Liverpool, with four goals and two assists. But he is the one who brings a tremendous creative spark to this Spurs side. He has scored 7 goals and assisted 6 so far.

However the German is not keen to rush him into action just as yet. Eriksen's value in the build-up to Tottenham's goals is captured by hi xGBuildup value of 10.79 (www.understat.com).

Roberto Firmino is having his best season yet in a Liverpool jersey and has a happy habit of scoring in the big games: he notched in the home wins over Man City and Arsenal, and can be backed at [2.62] to find the net here. Erik Lamela, who has suffered from major injury problems over the past year, is Spurs' best wide man in terms of pressing.

The game on Sunday will feature league's top two goalscorers in Harry Kane and Mohamed Salah.

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