Harry Kane has warned Jurgen Klopp that Tottenham will go the extra mile to ensure his Liverpool reign starts badly at White Hart Lane.
Klopp’s first game in his new job will be on Saturday lunchtime at Spurs, who are unbeaten in the Barclays Premier League since their defeat at Manchester United on the opening day of the season.
Tottenham have moved to within two points of the top four with a philosophy based on Mauricio Pochettino’s demand for selfless commitment, energy and high-intensity football.
Kane said the Liverpool players on England duty had been excited at the prospect of returning to Merseyside to work with Klopp, who was appointed to replace Brendan Rodgers last week.
‘They could not wait to get back,’ said the Spurs striker, after winning his sixth international cap in Lithuania where he was denied a fourth England goal of his career when a shot hit the post and ricocheted in off goalkeeper Giedrius Arlauskis in the 3-0 win.
‘Oh no, that’s a scandal,’ joked Kane, when he was told it would not go down as his goal. He is not finding goals quite as easy to come by as he was last season. ‘I was unlucky not to score officially.
“I got a few shots off and was quite pleased with the way I played. I’ve just got to keep going at it, keep working hard and the goals will come.
I thought I played well. The team played well, as well. It was a good 3-0 victory.
‘I’m doing the right things. I’ve just got to keep working hard and do my best for Tottenham. It’s down to club form and if I’m playing well then I will hopefully come away with England for the friendlies.’