With five wins from six Premier League games, Liverpool’s rebuild is going well. Jurgen Klopp is now in his eighth year at the club and working with a new midfield of Dominik Szoboszlai, Curtis Jones and Alexis Mac Allister. Mac Allister is being used as a deep midfielder, but in time I expect he will end up in a more advanced position.
When the right back — whether it be Joe Gomez or Trent Alexander-Arnold — moves into midfield, that triggers a chain of movements which sets up their attacking structure.
Andy Robertson gets high and wide down the left. Luis Diaz tucks inside from that same flank while Szoboszlai and Jones push towards the forward line.
Darwin Nunez, recently given the nod over Cody Gakpo, stays high rather than dropping into an already-overcrowded midfield. All while the effervescent Mo Salah fixes himself on the right.
Salah is still Klopp’s shining light, with 190 goals and 78 assists in 312 games. It is little wonder Liverpool turned down £150million for him in the summer. Klopp needs Salah’s quality for this rebuild.
On Saturday, I expect an open, exciting and attacking game between two in-form teams who will want to win to keep pace with leaders Manchester City.
Tottenham’s transformation under Ange Postecoglou feels familiar.
It’s transporting me back to 1996, when Arsene Wenger walked through the door at Arsenal. Almost overnight, he instilled belief in us.
Under George Graham, I had been told my job was to win the ball and give it to someone who could play.
But Wenger told me, and others, that he trusted us and we should all play with the freedom to express ourselves.
Suddenly, I felt like a footballer, totally fulfilled, and the rest, as they say, is history.
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