Liverpool host Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday which is expected to be a mouth-watering clash against the two most attack focused teams in the league.
However, Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino believes that his Spurs side has much to improve on when it comes to facing the top six away from home.
Ever since Pochettino arrived in north London in 2014, he has only managed one win against the top six in 2016, where they beat Manchester City 2-1 in the Ethiad.
In fact, they have only managed nine points out of a possible 54 against the best sides in the league.
As Spurs continue to impress this season with home wins against the likes of Real Madrid and Manchester United, they would really need to improve their away record against such teams if they want to be considered a real force in England and Europe.
This was highlighted by Pochettino as he told the Daily Mail that his away record against such teams has cost him the league:
“In the end it is how you finish the table. We finished second last season, third the season before. Of course in the case to win more games away from home, I’m sure that we would win the title but we miss something to achieve that”
Pochettino also believes that the reason that this is the case is that he has such a young team, with Harry Kane who is 25 and Dele Alli who is 21, but both are at the top of their game at the minute and are not short of experience.
Kane is currently the top scorer in the league with 21 goals, and Dele Alli who had a man of the match performance against defending Champions League winners Real Madrid with two goals in the process.
However, the manager still believes that his side are still in need of maturity:
“Maybe it is because we are the younger team in the Premier League, maybe we need time to mature”
It seems that Spurs are growing into a much more mature team as they were comfortable 2-0 winners against a Manchester United side at home which included attacking threats such as Alexis Sanchez, Romelu Lukaku, Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial.
Coming off this impressive win, Harry Kane said that this is the type of performance that they should put in against Liverpool on Sunday saying:
“This is the kind of performance against the big teams both home and away”
With Tottenham winning the reverse fixture 4-1 at Wembley back in October, they will not fear the task of facing Liverpool at Anfield.
Luke Holmes, Pundit Arena