Klopp, watch out, Spurs will out-run Reds: Kane

LONDON • Harry Kane anticipates a reaction from Liverpool's players to the recent appointment of Juergen Klopp when they visit White Hart Lane on Saturday.

But the Tottenham striker has warned the new Reds manager that Spurs will out-run his side.

Spurs have lost their last five Premier League games to Liverpool.

They are, however, unbeaten in the league since the opening day of the campaign. And they have quietly risen to within touching distance of the European places playing the high-energy football favoured by Mauricio Pochettino.

Klopp will aim to emulate that high-pressing game at Liverpool.

But, having taken his first day of training on Monday and with the majority of the side's international players only now returning to their Melwood base, he may need time to impose his demands on the squad.

"In the first couple of games after a managerial appointment, everybody tries to impress so they will probably have that little 5 per cent extra than usual," said Kane of the Saturday fixture.

"We expect that. The Liverpool players at England could not wait to get back to start working under him," he added, having spent the international break with the likes of Liverpool duo Nathaniel Clyne and Danny Ings.

"But we have out-run every team we have played so far this season and that's a sign we're playing the manager's tactics right and are fit enough to do it. And that's what we have to do again on Saturday."

Kane has registered just one goal for Spurs to date this season - one of the reasons why the Londoners are still flying under the radar.

But the England international is comfortable with the spotlight shining on clubs like Manchester City and Manchester United.

"Nobody is really talking about us and the top four, and that's probably a good thing," he said. "We haven't lost in the league since the first game of the season. We've had a few draws where we should have won as well but we are playing well and doing the right things.

"We have a fit young squad and we are training hard.

"We are happy to stay under the radar and keep putting in good performances because it's very open this year.

"That's down to the standard of the Premier League - anyone can beat anyone, and that's been shown a lot this season."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 14, 2015, with the headline 'Klopp, watch out, Spurs will out-run Reds: Kane'. Print Edition | Subscribe