Thanks to Adam Calderwood, a lifelong Spurs fan for taking the time to feature in this Q&A. You can find him on Twitter @AdamCalderwood.
The questions were asked by AnfieldHQ owner Oliver Bond.
Q: After an encouraging start to the season for Spurs including the 3-0 at Old Trafford, how confident are fans feeling heading into this fixture?
A: The 3-0 at Old Trafford is definitely the highlight of the season so far but the following week we went away to Watford, offered nothing and lost 2-1. The team will be looking for a reaction on Saturday and I’d say that as the game is at home (Wembley), the fans are quietly confident.
Q: Your assessment of Spurs’ transfer window? Did you need to sign someone and did you leave the pursuit of Jack Grealish?
A: I think most Spurs fans thought we needed to strengthen in the window. Strength in depth is lacking, which could prove costly especially if some of our big names get long-term injuries. However, Pochettino was adamant that he wouldn’t buy someone for the sake of it and showed great belief in the current squad. The big thing for us this transfer window was keeping hold of players. We tied a number of key players down to long-term contracts and managed to keep hold of the likes of Toby Alderwiereld. Regarding Grealish – who knows what happened behind the scenes!
Q: How would you assess your chances of a top-four finish this season and how far do you see Spurs going in the Champions League?
A: Without injuries to key players, I think we’ve got a very good chance. I can’t see us challenging for the league but should have enough to get top 4. We’re capable of beating anyone in Europe on our day, shown last year when we took Real Madrid apart at Wembley. We’ve got a tough group but we should at least been aiming for qualification to the knockouts.
Q: What have you made of Liverpool this season?
A: Clearly you’ve made a very solid start. Even if you are yet to play any of the ‘Top 6’, you can only play what is in front of you. You seem to be a more balanced, complete team this year. I think that with the improvements you have made to your squad, you’ll be there or thereabouts come the end of the season.
Q: What’s your likely line-up for this? Back 3 again a back 4?
A: I think Poch will go 5-4-1 with 3 centre-halves and 2 wing backs. With Dele injured, Moura will keep his place and he may start an additional central midfielder to sure up the midfield. Predicted line-up: Vorm, Rose, Sanchez, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Tripper, Dembele, Dier, Eriksen, Lucas Moura, Kane.
Q: Last year Liverpool lost 4-1 in one of the Reds’ worst performances of the season, are you expecting to see a different Klopp side on Saturday?
A: Definitely. I don’t think it is possible for you to play that badly again. Harry Kane embarrassed Lovern last year and he was taken off after 30 minutes after a woeful performance which summed up your team as a whole. I can imagine a lot of the Liverpool players will want to right the wrongs of last year.
Q: Thoughts on the players Liverpool have brought in?
A: You’ve spent a lot of money but have invested in the right areas. VVD looks to be a great signing and you clearly needed a new first-choice keeper. Getting Shaqiri for £13m in the current market also looks a great coup, even if he is primarily used off the bench.
Q: The Spurs player you think Liverpool need to be most wary of?
A: Christian Eriksen. He has had a relatively quiet start to the season for his standards but when he is playing well he is world class and a real match winner.
Q: The Liverpool player you think Spurs must watch out for?
A: The obvious choice is Mo Salah but any of your front three. Very fast, direct and each have the ability to change the game in an instant.
Q: Your score prediction?
A: 2-2. I think it has the potential to be a very lively game with both sides looking to attack from the off. COYS.