Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has no concerns over striker Harry Kane’s fitness levels, after they were questioned by pundits in the wake of England’s defeat to Spain last Saturday.
The talismanic goalscorer failed to find the net in the UEFA Nations League opener at Wembley, with former Manchester United defender Gary Neville voicing his opinion after the match that the Spurs hitman was in need of a ‘mental break’.
However, ahead of the Lilywhites’ clash with Liverpool on Saturday, Pochettino has insisted that he will have no qualms about playing Kane and refuted claims that he was short of full sharpness.
“I think he is fit. I do not read and do not listen to what is going on around. The most important [thing] is that we trust,” the Argentine told his pre-match press conference, as reported by Sky Sports.
“For me, there is no doubt that he is one of the best strikers in the world. When a striker does not fill the net and does not score goals, always you need to find some reason why but I think he is fit.
“Under our assessment he is ready to play,” he continued.
“We know Harry Kane well and have worked with him the last more than four years – and we know this is not a situation that worries us.”
Kane has two goals from six outings for club and country so far this term but has not had a full summer’s break after leading the line for his country at the World Cup.
The Tottenham star picked up the tournament’s Golden Boot award with six strikes as England reached the semi-finals in Russia, but still faced scrutiny over his performances in the latter stages of the competition.
Nonetheless, Pochettino has access to Kane on a daily basis and fans will trust the boss to make the right call regarding his long-term fitness.
Tottenham can move joint-top of the Premier League table with victory over the Reds, who are the current leaders with four wins from their four games.
A repeat of the corresponding encounter last season would be welcomed by Spurs supporters; their side ran out 4-1 winners, with Kane scoring twice.