Tottenham boss Antonio Conte makes ‘very strange’ Harry Kane claim before Liverpool


Tottenham boss Antonio Conte makes ‘very strange’ Harry Kane claim before Liverpool

Ahead of Tottenham’s meeting with Liverpool, Antonio Conte has been discussing Harry Kane.

Tottenham vs Liverpool

Tottenham will play host to Liverpool on Sunday afternoon in a 4:30 pm kick-off.

Spurs head into the game on the back of a Covid-19 outbreak within their squad.

Liverpool have also had some issues of their own on the covid front, but still remain one of the most in-form sides in Europe right now.

Conte on Kane

As a result, Antonio Conte will need all of his available players at their very best if Spurs wish to get anything against Liverpool.

One man who has not been at his best for some time, though, is Harry Kane.

Kane has scored some goals against poor sides in Europe this term, but his Premier League record is concerning.

In 13 league outings to date, Kane has scored just one and assisted one – a serious drop-off following Kane’s superb 2020/21 which saw him notch both the most goals and assists in the PL.

Now though, Conte has been discussing Kane and his form. Firstly, the Italian labelled the Englishman as world-class:

“Harry is a world-class striker. Every day that I train him I understand very well that he’s a world-class striker,” Conte said.

“He’s one of the best I’ve had the pleasure to train. He’s amazing. I like to have him in my team. For sure Jurgen [Klopp] likes to have Mo Salah. But I like to have Harry in my team. He’s an important player for us and my expectation was very high and to play an important game against Liverpool.”

Then, when discussing Kane’s form, Conte claimed that it is very strange:

“It’s very strange, no? It’s very strange,” Conte added when discussing Kane’s form.

“If you compare what he did in the past, this is very strange. But also in the past, 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, for sure.”

Quotes via football.london.

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 17 31 41
2 Liverpool FC 17 35 40
3 Chelsea FC 17 27 37
4 Arsenal FC 17 1 29
5 West Ham United 17 7 28
6 Manchester United 16 2 27
7 Tottenham Hotspur 14 -1 25
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 17 -1 24
9 Leicester City 16 0 22
10 Aston Villa 17 -2 22
11 Crystal Palace 17 0 20
12 Brentford FC 16 -1 20
13 Brighton & Hove Albion 16 -3 20
14 Everton FC 17 -8 19
15 Southampton FC 17 -10 17
16 Leeds United 17 -15 16
17 Watford FC 16 -10 13
18 Burnley FC 15 -7 11
19 Newcastle United 17 -19 10
20 Norwich City 17 -26 10
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 15
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 9
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 7
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 7
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 7
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 7
Silva, Bernardo Manchester City 7
Raphinha Leeds United 7
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 6
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 6
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 6
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 6
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United 6
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 6
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 5
King, Joshua Watford FC 5
Gray, Demarai Everton FC 5
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace 5
Watkins, Ollie Aston Villa 5



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