By Dominic Toner
Jamie Redknapp believes that Tottenham’s midfielders give them real power in their side and that this could prove pivotal in their early kick-off against Liverpool on Saturday.
Mauricio Pochettino added Victor Wanyama to his squad this summer to supplement his midfield of Eric Dier and Mousa Dembele.
Spurs host Liverpool on Saturday in the Premier League and pundit Redknapp thinks that the home side have the edge in the middle of the park.
“Tottenham actually play in a similar way to Liverpool – but they do have their defensive strength in the middle of their midfield with Eric Dier and Victor Wanyama,” Redknapp told Sky Sports.
“With those two players, Spurs have real power in their side. They’ve both played centre-back in their careers, so they understand that side of the game. But Tottenham are physically big across the key areas of the pitch now. And that’s a real contrast to the past.
“When I used to play against them you always felt you could bully them off the ball. They were too nice. But this Tottenham team has a real presence about it and I think they could be a force this year.”
Dembele is still serving the six-game suspension he picked up last season so Spurs are likely to continue with Wanyama and Dier in front of the defence.
The pairing of Dembele and Dier helped Spurs challenge for the Premier League title for a large part of the 2015/16 season, with a strong midfield that dominated teams on and off the ball.
Pochettino has added Southampton enforcer Wanyama to his squad and he fits the mould of a powerful defensive-midfielder.
Spurs will line up against a Liverpool midfield full of flair and skill, with the likes of Adam Lallana and Philippe Coutinho already showing their talent this season. Coutinho is a doubt for the game with a hamstring injury though, which would be a real blow to Liverpool.
In other Tottenham team news, they have been handed a home tie in EFL Cup against League One opposition.