Jermaine Jenas has told BT Sport that Tottenham Hotspur sensation Heung-Min Son would get nowhere near Jurgen Klopp’s starting XI on current form.
Son, 28, has suffered exponentially in the absence of his attacking partner Harry Kane, who suffered an ankle injury during the 3-1 defeat to Liverpool.
In the England captain’s absence, Spurs have lost to Brighton and Chelsea and have failed to score on both occasions.
Meanwhile, Son himself is currently on a goalless run of five matches – his worst return so far this season. It is clear, then, that without Kane, the former Bayer Leverkusen star isn’t quite the same player.
Jenas on Son
And as a result, Jenas has said that on current form, the Tottenham star has no chance of hoping of breaking into Klopp’s pedigreed front-three of proven Premier League winners.
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“Son, we didn’t even see Son today,” Jenas said, following the Lilywhites’ 1-0 loss to Chelsea.
“We were having a conversation the other day saying would Son get into Liverpool’s front three. The last three games no, we’re going not a chance.
“Without Kane he doesn’t get anywhere near it. With Kane, he’s a world beater.”
What RTK has to say
Jenas makes a strong argument, although we don’t understand the obsession with comparing other players across rival clubs.
Yes, Son is going through a tough period in front-of-goal, but so are Liverpool, on this occasion.
The Reds have lost back-to-back games at Anfield for the first time since 2012, after all, following their 1-0 defeat to Brighton on Wednesday.
Indeed, it’s clear for all to see that Son hasn’t been at his flourishing best since Kane got injured, but the same could be said for Liverpool’s front-three.
A dynamic as prolific as fine-tuned as Kane and Son requires the perfect harmony to work at full-capacity, and unfortunately for Jose Mourinho, the team have lost their key component.
The same happened with Liverpool on Wednesday in the absence of Sadio Mane. When a key compartment is missing, the dynamic is, then, broken.
Jurgen Klopp will undoubtedly have sympathy for Mourinho on this occasion. He, too, knows what it’s like to lose his best player for a sustained period following the season-ending injury to Virgil van Dijk.