Hello and welcome to Telegraph Sport’s coverage of Liverpool’s visit to Tottenham, where Spurs end a two-week break where they had three games called off due to Covid.
Antonio Conte knows that Tottenham will come under threat every time Mohamed Salah gets the ball this afternoon.
Liverpool are gunning to win a second title in three years and the Egypt striker is the spearhead, having scored 15 goals and made nine more so far, the most of any player in Europe.
Salah also has a good record against Spurs and Conte is wary of the danger he poses.
“He’s a very decisive player. During games, every time he has the ball he’s a danger. He improved a lot, I remember him when he played in Italy.
“Now he’s improved in an incredible way. Now I think he’s one of the best players in the world and in every game he’s very decisive.”
As for his own options going forward, Conte said Harry Kane is one of the best he has worked with despite his “strange” dip in form this season, backing the striker to get back to his best against Liverpool.
Conte, who took charge of the club at the start of November, said Tottenham are better off with Kane in the side and hopes Liverpool’s visit on Sunday can spark a turnaround in the 28-year-old’s form.
England captain Kane was Tottenham’s top scorer last season but has only one league goal to his name this campaign.
“If you compare what he did in the past, this is very strange,” Conte. “But in my experience, before as a player and then as a coach, it happens. I played with important strikers who, for a long period, didn’t score.
“But my judgement about them didn’t change. I wanted to have them in my team also if they don’t score. Because if you have Harry Kane in your team, you feel stronger. Harry is a world-class striker, he’s one of the best I’ve had the pleasure to train.
“For sure Jürgen likes to have Mo Salah, but I like to have Harry in my team. He’s an important player for us, and my expectations are very high that he plays well in an important game against Liverpool.”
PA and Reuters.