Tottenham vs. Liverpool
Venue: Wembley Stadium
Kick off: 12:30PM
The Premier League returns in style after the international break, with the opening match of game Week 5 pitting two top-four hopefuls against each other as Tottenham Hotspur host Liverpool at Wembley.
Spurs saw their 100 per cent record ended by Watford before the break, whereas Liverpool maintained their own perfect start and will go into the game sitting top of the Premier League table.
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has had to contend with more than most during the embryonic stages of the Premier League season.
Tottenham’s record against Liverpool has not been good in recent years, although they ran out convincing winners in this fixture last season and a similar performance against the league leaders today would suggest that the Watford defeat was merely a blip, rather than the first sign of an unenviable trait which has dogged Spurs in the past.
The domestic fixtures after this weekend look kind too, with Tottenham’s next four Premier League games coming against teams that have amassed just one win between them so far this season.
Meanwhile, Liverpool may have won 18 top-flight titles and five European Cups during their illustrious history, but they have only begun a top-flight campaign with five successive victories on two previous occasions.
The class of 2018-19 has the chance to emulate the teams from 1978-79 and 1990-91 this weekend, and doing so would be their biggest statement yet that they are ready to add a first Premier League crown to that trophy haul.
Of course, there is still a long way to go – and the sizeable obstacle of Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City to overcome – before that long-held dream becomes a reality, but the early signs indicate that they could live up to the pre-season hype.
The Reds are already enjoying their best-ever start to a Premier League campaign courtesy of four wins from four, going into the international break top of the table alongside fellow 100 pecenters Chelsea and Watford.
Tottenham possible XI: Vorm, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Dembele, Trippier, Eriksen, Lucas, Davies, Kane, Son.
Liverpool possible XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson, Keita, Henderson, Milner, Salah, Firmino, Mane.