Mourinho’s blueprint to beat Liverpool and proving Spurs’ top-four credentials

Jose Mourinho needs to be bold when Tottenham host Liverpool in a proper test of where both clubs are right now.

Spurs are unbeaten in eight games in all competitions and competing for silverware on four fronts, while the Reds are in a slump.

A win tonight helps Mourinho’s men climb above Liverpool into the top four – proving their Champions League credentials.

But it’s much more likely to happen if his team start the game in the right way and don’t just park the bus.

Why? Because Spurs don’t lose when they score first. They have done led 12 times this season, winning seven and drawing five of those games.

A strong start tonight would help their belief, and force more doubt into the minds of Jurgen Klopp’s players, who seem to have plenty of that already.

The Reds go into the game seven points behind league leaders Manchester City and really struggling to put a run together.

Spurs need to take advantage. The club motto states “To dare is to do” and this is the perfect time to live up to it.

Mourinho’s pragmatic, counter-attacking philosophy this season has put his team in a strong position.

No-one should suggest he abandons it. Calls for Mourinho to go cavalier and open games up like the Spurs of old go too far.

But his team have led for a league-high 850 minutes this season and whoever scores first in this game seems crucial.

Take the hand break off. At least for the opening 20 minutes. Test that weakened Liverpool back four. Give them something to worry about.

Spurs have the weapons. Harry Kane and Heung-min Son can’t stop scoring.

And even though they were needed against Wycombe in the FA Cup on Monday, they still got some rest.

Mourinho has been here before. And he actually has a decent track record when his teams play at home against reigning Premier League champions.

He is unbeaten as a manager in all six such games, winning the last three in a row.

This is the perfect opportunity to build on that, put Spurs in a really strong position, and strike a big mental blow to one of their main rivals for the top for.

To dare is to do.

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