Liverpool's Premier League schedule isn't getting any easier, as the Reds will travel to White Hart Lane to take on Tottenham just one week after their 3-1 loss against Manchester City at the Etihad.
Spurs demolished Queens Park Rangers 4-0 last week and look much improved to the squad that toiled in obscurity in 2013-14, and with the Reds gunning for another top-four finish, the stakes will be high when these two teams meet on Sunday.
Date: Sunday, August 31
Time: 1.30 p.m. BST/8:30 a.m. ET
Venue: White Hart Lane, London
Liverpool's 3-1 defeat at the hands of the defending Premier League champions didn't come as a huge shock, but the Reds will need to recover from the defeat in a hurry as Spurs will be looking for blood on Sunday.
Brendan Rodgers is working with a young squad filled with new arrivals in 2014-15, and while the pre-season results were encouraging, it will take time for the Reds to click as a group.
Tottenham faced a similar situation last year; Christian Eriksen warned Liverpool success won't come easy in an interview with the London Evening Standard's James Olley:
It is true that we went through [what Liverpool are now facing] last year. It will depend on what team they have and what the new players are bringing in. Everything has to fit.
Sometimes you are lucky and sometimes you are a bit unlucky. Last year we made some really good signings, I think. We were just a bit unlucky that nothing really ended up in a big thing. Of course, that can happen with Liverpool as well so sometimes you are lucky and sometimes you aren’t.
The 2013-14 season was one filled with ups and downs for Tottenham, culminating with the firing of manager Tim Sherwood. Under Mauricio Pochettino, the cub has won every competitive match it has played so far in the 2014-15 season.
The schedule hasn't been particularly difficult, however, and Liverpool will give Spurs their first big test of the season.
Liverpool have looked very solid early in the campaign, and the loss against the Citizens shouldn't harm the confidence this young, talented squad has in its own abilities. The Reds play a powerful brand of attacking football and can overwhelm any opponent with sheer athletic ability.
Injuries have held them back so far, and Rodgers told the press that trend will continue against Tottenham, per the Liverpool Echo's James Pearce:
"Young (Alberto) Moreno twisted his ankle and has been recovering well", he said. "Sunday could be difficult for Glen Johnson and as for Martin Skrtel we will see how he responds over the next 48 hours."
All eyes will be on star striker Mario Balotelli, who could make his debut following his high-profile transfer from AC Milan. Rodgers emphasised the match against Tottenham won't be the "Balotelli show," however:
Spurs' creative players will make life difficult on a Liverpool defence struggling with health, but if the Reds can win the battle in the centre of the pitch, it could help take some pressure off the back four.
Fans will be eager to see how Balotelli fits into his new surroundings. As it stands, the Italian will likely make his debut at White Hart Lane on Sunday.
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