Alderweireld relishing Liverpool showdown
Tottenham Hotspur defender Toby Alderweireld says his team will approach Sunday’s clash with Liverpool in a positive mind set.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side are still in a sticky patch of form after only just rescuing a 1-1 draw against Watford on Saturday.
The Hornets were ahead for a long time after Abdoulaye Doucoure’s early strike looked like being enough to give them all three points and extend Tottenham’s woes.
However, Dele Alli’s late strike, confirmed by VAR after some confusion, was enough to give them the 1-1 draw and lift them to seventh in the Premier League.
They have still yet to convince this season and have suffered numerous ignominious defeats this campaign.
Firstly, they were defeated on penalties by League Two Colchester United in the third round of the EFL Cup on September 24, following a goalless draw.
Then, just a week later, they were annihilated 7-2 by Bayern Munich in their second Champions League game of the season before going down 3-0 to Brighton and losing goalkeeper Hugo Lloris in the process to a freak elbow injury.
Spurs host Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League on Tuesday in a match they are expected to win before facing a mightily difficult trip to Anfeld to face Liverpool on Sunday.
The Reds are still top of the Premier League despite dropping points for the first time this season on Sunday when they drew 1-1 with Manchester United.
Alderweireld, who has played every game in the top flight this season, says they will approach the Liverpool game with a sense of optimism, despite having yet to win away from home in the Premier League so far this season.
“You can see it two ways,” the Belgian said on the Liverpool game. “It’s a big opportunity for us on Tuesday. We must use that.
“Then Sunday is a big opportunity. Look, we’re a team, let’s go again. Let’s go, like that second half. Our best, it’s all we can do.”
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