Much attention will be directed at the Spurs Liverpool game this weekend. With the return of club football, a new face in the Premier League and some quality players to choose from, Talent Radar takes a look at a combined XI from both sides made up of their best young players.
It’s safe to say that the way Spurs and Liverpool have performed over the last season have placed them in a position that can’t seem to be as good as the top four but can certainly seem fend off any other competition that comes their way. This puts them in a similar league of their own which translates to a competitive match that we should witness this coming weekend. This match will draw further attention with Liverpool having signed former Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp on a three year deal. While Klopp certainly can’t produce miracles having been in England for just over a week, that doesn’t stop anyone from expecting magic from him right away.
Both managers, Pochettino and Klopp are known to have faith in youngsters. Pochettino, since taking over has overhauled much of the squad and removed dead wood from it leaving what is now one of the youngest squads currently in the Premier League. Klopp too, in his time at Mainz and Dortmund has placed his faith in several youngsters, which was quite a fruitful move for him and the clubs.
What this leaves Outside of the Boot with is a chance to focus on the young players from both these teams who fit the Talent Radar bill. This is a combined XI made of only such players.
Defense: With both teams having their senior goalkeepers ineligible for Talent Radar, Ryan Fulton is between the sticks for this XI. Joe Gomez takes the left back position and is joined by German international and teammate Emre Can at right back who is surprisingly still eligible for Talent Radar. The heart of the defense sees a Spurs duo of Kevin Wimmer and Eric Dier. Wimmer was one of the players that Pochettino signed this recent transfer window. Dier, while preferred at centre back as per a personal choice has been playing as a defensive midfielder this season (and rather well!) but for this XI, we’re sticking him at centre back.
Midfield: The midfield forms a diamond shape with Nabil Bentaleb at the bottom as extra cover for the two centre backs. The two wide players are a Liverpool pair, Jordan (Rossiter) and Jordon (Ibe) funnily enough. Dele Alli who has been one of the more exciting players to watch this season is placed at the tip of the diamond.
Forward: Up front to share the imaginary spoils are Divock Origi alongside Spurs’ last season hero, Harry Kane who scored for England in their most recent Euro qualifier. Kane, who was under media siege for not having picked up from where he left of last season seems to have brushed those allegations aside and regained confidence to assert that he knows where the back of the net is.
Razim Refai is a co-founder and editor of Outside of the Boot.
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