As the Premier League’s largest summer spenders prepare to play the team that did not spend a single penny, Christian Eriksen has a message for Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool juggernaut.
Eriksen says Tottenham will not cower to the visitors who signed £167.9million worth of talent because money is not everything.
Instead, they will attack Klopp’s side with all they have at Wembley on Saturday.
Christian Eriksen has a message for Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool juggernaut ahead of the weekend
He says Tottenham will not cower to the big-spending visitors at Wembley on Saturday
Spurs want to prove their Premier League title credentials after losing to Watford before the international break – a defeat Eriksen describes as a rude awakening for him and his team-mates.
They believe they undid their hard work from the week before when they defeated Manchester United 3-0 at Old Trafford. Now, this is their chance to right those wrongs from Vicarage Road.
‘They can buy as many players as they want but we have the same squad and we’re going to go for it, so it will be an intense game,’ said Eriksen, insisting experience is worth more than money.
‘We’ve had the same team for the last three seasons and we’ve been up there, so we should be up there again. That’s our aim. We’ll see where we end up at the end of the season.
Spurs want to prove their Premier League title credentials – as they did at Old Trafford
‘We have to show something from what we did at Watford. We have to get on the horse again and we know Liverpool is a big, big game against a team who have been one of the best this season.’
Alarmed by signs of arrogance in the aftermath of Tottenham’s triumph at Old Trafford at the end of August, Mauricio Pochettino fired a warning to his players.
The Argentine manager told his squad not to fly too close to the sun. Unfortunately, they failed to listen and had their wings burned by Watford the following weekend.
That 2-1 defeat brought Tottenham tumbling back down to earth and having had the entire international break to mull it over, Eriksen believes they now must show some guts.
But Eriksen admits that defeat at Watford last time out was a rude awakening for Spurs
‘After the Manchester United game, when the stats and the score showed how good we were, the manager said, “We can’t fly too high”,’ Eriksen said.
‘Of course we can do better but sometimes you have to have your confidence knocked. Then you have to get back up and stay up and that’s what we have to do now.
‘I think and I hope it will be a good game to watch. They are two teams who want to play forward and want to attack. It (Watford) was a rude awakening but we are our own biggest critics.’
Liverpool’s trip to London was supposed to be the first at Tottenham’s new White Hart Lane, which remains unfinished. Instead they will meet at Wembley.
Tottenham’s players – along with the rest of the Premier League – are awaiting news on when they will finally get to play at their new stadium in north London.
While Spurs spent nothing this summer Liverpool signed £167.9million worth of talent
‘We can’t do anything, we can’t help build it,’ Eriksen said. ‘We could but I don’t think it would speed up the process. We know as little as everyone else really.
‘We don’t really know what’s going on but hopefully it will be done soon enough and we can play there because it will be amazing. It’s an amazing build which is going to take time.
‘It’s disappointing and we should have a date. The Spurs management and (Daniel) Levy won’t be too happy that it’s happened but you can’t do anything about it.
‘Hopefully we can speed up the process and get it done as soon as possible.
‘It has to be in good shape when we get in and if it takes a little bit longer then it takes a little bit longer. Wembley is our second home though.’