Liverpool can fire a warning to their Premier League rivals by avenging last season’s thrashing at Tottenham when they return to Wembley for an acid test of their title credentials.
Jurgen Klopp’s side are being hailed as contenders to win their first English title since 1990 after making a perfect start to the season.
The Reds sit on top of the table thanks to four successive victories.
But the scrappy nature of their wins over Crystal Palace and Leicester — highlighted by Mohamed Salah’s subdued displays and a howler from goalkeeper Alisson — suggest Liverpool are still not the finished article.
Against that backdrop, this weekend’s showdown with Tottenham is the perfect opportunity to make a statement in their first clash with one of the ‘big six’ this season.
Liverpool’s visit had been ear-marked as Tottenham’s first game in their rebuilt White Hart Lane stadium after over a year in exile.
But instead safety concerns that delayed the opening of the new arena mean Klopp’s side will head back to Tottenham’s temporary Wembley home for the first time since their mauling last term.
Trips to Tottenham have been landmark affairs for Klopp in his three-year reign with the Reds.
Klopp’s first game as Liverpool boss was a 0-0 draw at White Hart Lane in October 2015.
Two years later, the 4-1 defeat at Wembley last October provoked such an angry response from the German that his stunned side never looked back, embarking on a sustained spell of excellence that took them to the Champions League final.
It was a brutal defeat that exposed Liverpool’s habit of flopping on enemy territory — they won only 10 of the 30 points available against their top-six rivals last season, losing at Manchester City, Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester United.
The game kicks off at 13:30 Central European Time on Saturday.