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Tottenham missing Harry Kane

 By John Crace

Spurs have worries up front but Dembele and Eriksen must improve too

The ESPN FC crew discuss Tottenham's clash with Leicester.

Tottenham fans will treat Tuesday's 2-1 EFL Cup defeat to Liverpool as an outlier.

Of the starting XI, only Eric Dier had appeared in the previous weekend's Premier League game, the 0-0 draw at Bournemouth. Those fans who had made the 400 mile round trip to Anfield might not have liked it but Mauricio Pochettino's intentions were clear. If he could have squeezed out a result with a second XI then that's all well and good, but if his team were knocked out then it was no great loss. Spurs have more...

Vincent Janssen struggles show Spurs' problems without Harry Kane

Mauricio Pochettino says Tottenham need to be clinical in front of goal.

"Clinical" is fast becoming an unwelcome buzzword for Mauricio Pochettino. The Tottenham manager has repeatedly used it in reference to his own side in the last month and on Tuesday he said the difference between the teams in Liverpool's 2-1 win over Spurs in the EFL Cup was Daniel Sturridge, who scored twice.

While Liverpool have Sturridge in reserve, Pochettino is relying on Vincent Janssen and Son Heung-Min to score while Harry Kane is sidelined with an ankle injury. It's not working at the moment.


Former title rivals Spurs, Leicester face off in clash of contrasting centre-backs

ESPN FC's Stewart Robson and Steve Nicol say Spurs are struggling to score without Harry Kane in the lineup.

They meet as opposites and equivalents. When Tottenham host Leicester on Saturday, it is not merely a reunion of the 2015-16 Premier League title rivals. It's a clash of ideas about how to prevent goals from being scored. The match should offer an example of completely contrasting centre-backs, but with the caveat that last season showed that very different methods can both be successful.

Leicester's Wes Morgan and Robert Huth are the throwback duo, all brawn and bulk. Tottenham's Toby Alderweireld...

 By Ben Pearce

Janssen's goal a rare bright spot for Spurs in EFL Cup defeat

Daniel Sturridge shook off his critics, grabbing a brace and sending Liverpool into the quarterfinals of the EFL Cup.
Mauricio Pochettino recognises the tough Liverpool task ahead and plans on making the necessary changes.

Tottenham suffered their second defeat of the season as they bowed out in the round of 16 of the EFL Cup, losing 2-1 to Liverpool at Anfield. Daniel Sturridge gave the hosts a two-goal lead after the hour mark and, although Vincent Janssen halved the deficit with fifteen minutes to go-- with another EFL Cup spot-kick -- Spurs were unable to equalise.  


An embarrassment looked possible when Liverpool went 2-0 up in the 64th minute so Spurs' reserves did well to not only stop the rot...

 By Steven Kelly

Sturridge stars, youngsters impress; as Liverpool oust Tottenham

The FC crew analyse where Daniel Sturridge stands with Jurgen Klopp and discuss Liverpool's Premier League title chances.
Daniel Sturridge shook off his critics, grabbing a brace and sending Liverpool into the quarterfinals of the EFL Cup.
Steve Nicol breaks down what Liverpool are lacking to make an honest title challenge.

Both managers decided to turn this into a reserve match and the genuine quality of Daniel Sturridge ended up tipping the scales in Liverpool's favour.


Some good performances from promising youngsters will be a bonus for Jurgen Klopp. The complete change of personnel saw little let-up in the home team's style, passion and creativity.

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 Another nervous final few minutes in a game Liverpool ought to have had well won by then and a worrying departure after an hour from the very...

Daniel Sturridge scores a brace as Liverpool edge Tottenham in EFL Cup

James Rodriguez nets another absolute screamer in training, and Sturridge is dancing off his critics in The Sweeper.
Daniel Sturridge shook off his critics, grabbing a brace and sending Liverpool into the quarterfinals of the EFL Cup.
Daniel Sturridge shook off his critics, grabbing a brace and sending Liverpool into the quarterfinals of the EFL Cup.

LIVERPOOL, England -- Three points from Liverpool's 2-1 win over Tottenham on Tuesday in the EFL Cup.

1. Sturridge stars to knock out Spurs

His Premier League goal drought spans six months and 615 minutes of top-flight football, but Daniel Sturridge remains prolific in the EFL Cup, especially against weakened opposition. His tally for Liverpool now stands at eight goals in six appearances in this competition after he struck in both halves against Tottenham, deciding the meeting of the Cup's last...