Graeme Souness feels Liverpool have little to fear going into Wednesday's top of the table showdown against Tottenham after insisting only one Spurs player would get into the champions' line-up.
Liverpool missed the chance to gain the upper hand over their Premier League rivals on Sunday as they failed to capitalise on Tottenham's draw at Crystal Palace.
The Reds were too forced to share the points from their clash with relegation battlers Fulham, leaving them behind Spurs in the table on goal difference.
Tottenham look to be the strongest contenders for Liverpool's crown in this year's title race, but Souness believes they are no match for Jurgen Klopp's side.
“Liverpool are the real deal in every department and Spurs are still a long way off that," Souness told The Times .
“The only Spurs player who would get in Liverpool’s line-up is [Harry] Kane, because Sadio Mane can do everything Son [Heung-min] can, and will also go to war with you."
Spurs are unbeaten in the league since the opening day of the season, and head into the Anfield clash on a recent run of form.
They are expected to shut up shop at Anfield, though, and defend deep inside their own half – similar to how they did against Man City, Chelsea and Arsenal – with the aim of hitting Liverpool on the counter attack.
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It's been an extremely interesting start to the season for Jurgen Klopp's men.
They got their title defence off to a shaky start as they edged out a seven-goal thriller against Leeds, before going on to conceded seven in a hammering by Aston Villa.
Virgil van Dijk's season was ended by injury in the 2-2 draw at Everton, leaving the title favourites looking far less secure at the back – especially with Alisson's injury worries too.
But there's no slowing down in what is going to be a busy campaign – with Klopp ensuring his men continue at full pace as they bid for more title glory.
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“I don’t see Liverpool getting mugged as easily as Arsenal did," Souness added. "Though there is more chance of it happening without Virgil Van Dijk and Fabinho, their best defensive midfielder, in the back four."
While Tottenham's brand of football has drawn some critics, few could argue with its effectiveness.
They boast the best defensive record so far this season, conceding just 10 times, and are joint-third highest for number of goals scored.
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"Mourinho deserves credit for how he has set up Spurs," Souness said.
“He had a look at what he’s got and said, ‘this is the way to get the best out of these players and get results’.
“The word is out now on how they will play in the big games, sitting in. It’s going to be a difficult watch, but it will be accepted by the fans in the short term if it brings success.
“Two League Cups in 29 years is not enough for a big club.”
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