Heung-min Son has been on fire this season for Spurs. Whether he has played in midfield or up top by himself, the South Korean has rarely failed to impress, and he will be a pivotal player if Spurs are to break the Anfield curse and pick up all three points on Saturday evening.
If past results at Anfield are anything to go by, then Spurs have an extremely slim chance of winning on Saturday. However, looking at the recent form of both sides and the way the Lilywhites have been playing in the last couple of seasons, you would think that Mauricio Pochettino side’s chance of getting a result at Anfield are better than ever before.
Mauricio Pochettino has been keen to experiment with a three at the back system, but with Jan Vertonghen missing out through injury, we are much more likely to see a 4-2-3-1 system deployed by Spurs this weekend. One player in my opinion that needs to have a place in the starting eleven is Heung-min Son.
It will be interesting to see how Pochettino and Spurs approach this game. Looking at Liverpool in recent weeks and months, they have struggled to break down teams that have stayed disciplined and that have remained well organised when facing them. Hull City and Swansea.
Having seen this trend for Liverpool recently, Pochettino might be tempted to instruct his team to sit back and defend at Anfield looking to catch the home side on the break when possible, and this would certainly be something that I would be tempted by if I was the Argentine.
Mousa Dembele and Victor Wanyama have been superb in recent weeks in the defensive midfield, and if Liverpool somehow manage to get past those two, then Eric Dier and Toby Alderweireld I am sure would be able to cope with Liverpool’s attacking threat.
One player that would be key to playing this counter attacking system would be Heung-min Son. He would play on the left of the 4-2-3-1 I would guess, but I might even be tempted to push him up alongside Harry Kane to really run at the Liverpool defence. Put Son in a foot race with Dejan Lovren, and if we are being honest, there is only one winner there. Liverpool’s defence has been leaky this season to say the least, and I feel that quick counter attacks are the way to go when trying to find a breakthrough.
As I have said, it will be interesting to see how Pochettino and Spurs approach their latest assignment, but if they choose to play the way that I have suggested, basing their system around the counter attacking game, then Heung-min Son simply MUST start on Saturday evening.