Liverpool’s 10 Best Away Kits of All Time – Ranked

A young Steve McManaman sporting Liverpool’s classic 1995 away kit | Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

As one of the grandest and best-supported clubs in English football, no matter where you go in the world there’s no getting away from Liverpool shirts (unless you travel all the way to Manchester, of course).

Put aside the ‘Warrior years’, where the maverick kit manufacturers decided to dress the club’s players like they were intending on being camouflaged in a 1970’s living room, Liverpool have worn some of the most stylish away shirts ever produced.

So, less talk of those Warrior monstrosities, and more talk of the beauties the Reds have sported, with Liverpool’s ten greatest away kits of all time…

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Erik Meijer of Liverpool | Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Liverpool have experimented with a number of different coloured away kits over the years, and green is one of their favoured choices.

This classic can’t help but evoke memories of a young Steven Gerrard, with his shaved head and youthful looks, steaming into challenges and covering every blade of grass on the pitch.

The 1999/00 season was the first under the stewardship of Gérard Houllier – with the Frenchman having shared the helm with Roy Evans the season prior. Though they ended the campaign empty handed, the foundations had been laid for the club’s victorious treble campaign of 2000/01.

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Steven Gerrard away at Aston Villa in 2007/08 | ADRIAN DENNIS/Getty Images

Ahh the Gerrard and Fernando Torres partnership.

Having been sponsored by Reebok for a decade, the club opted to sever ties with the manufacturers in 2006, instead signing with Adidas.

The clean-cut, white and red shirt of 2007/08 was undoubtedly the best looking away shirt Adidas produced, though it did little to transform the Reds’ luckless quest for Premier League glory, with the club finishing a disappointing fourth despite Torres’ incredible maiden season at Anfield.

The haircuts are ridiculous, but the kit is pretty stylish.

Another preferred colour of choice for the Reds’ away shirts. They’ve sported a number of yellow kits over the years, and – if not the best – this V-neck effort is certainly the brightest.

Reebok didn’t hold back with this one, though the red and black lining is a quality touch. Whoever designed this one probably saw the white Armani suits they wore to the 1996 FA Cup final and thought ‘well if they’ll wear that then they’ll wear anything‘.

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Roberto Firmino sporting the club’s 2017/18 away kit | TF-Images/Getty Images

New Balance produced some questionable numbers in their partnership with Liverpool, but the white and green chequered look was a surprising hit.

Despite ending the campaign empty-handed, 2017/18 was the first season where Jürgen Klopp’s philosophy and style really started to glean results at Anfield, with Mohamed Salah spearheading the club to the Champions League final, only to be beaten by Real Madrid.

Still, if you’re going to lose, you might as well look good doing it, right?

In a modern-day footballing world where sponsors and patterns are strewn all over team shirts, it’s nice to appreciate the glorious simplicity of some of the efforts from yesteryear.

No Liverpool fan can forget their dominance throughout the 1970s and 1980s, with Kenny Dalglish leading the Reds to their eighth first division title in 11 years.

Liverpool spent seven years being sponsored by Crown Paints, and this off-white shirt from 1985/86 is one of the best looking away kits to have graced Anfield.

Another simplistic design the Reds wore on their way to multiple league titles.

The sponsor Crown Paints would be added to the centre of the shirt in 1982, though for one season they had no sponsor – and it looks glorious.

The large V-neck and cuffed sleeves are a throwback to the good old days, when you were allowed to ‘welcome a player to the game’ and VAR sounded like some weird software that you were assured would speed up your computer.

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John Barnes playing for Liverpool in their green and white away kit | Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

John Barnes had the pleasure of wearing some fantastic kits during his time at Liverpool – more of that in a minute – but this green and white Adidas number from the mid-90s was one of the best.

The central Liverpool badge and diagonal green stripes on the side make it sound awful, but in reality it’s a thing of beauty.

Liverpool’s domination of the top flight had long ended by the time this kit was unveiled in 1993, with the club finishing a disappointing eighth in the league.

This one screams a blonde-haired Robbie Fowler at Old Trafford.

The local lad bagged a superb brace in Liverpool’s trip to Manchester United in October 1995, powering a left-footed strike past Peter Schmeichel before chipping the Dane with a beautiful lob in the second half.

Similar to the 1993/1995 kit, this weird concoction of white and green shouldn’t work – but somehow it does.

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John Barnes playing for Liverpool in their iconic grey Candy shirt | Russell Cheyne/Getty Images

Now we’re getting to the REALLY good stuff.

Is there a more iconic away kit than this? Every hipster shop in the country has been home to one of these at one point or another, with the Candy logo and mesmeric design making it almost more fashionable today than it was in 1988.

The club failed to retain their status as top-flight champions in 1988/89, narrowly beaten by Arsenal, though they would go on to regain the championship the following year.

Despite not achieving their ultimate goal of becoming champions of England, 1988/89 will live long in the memory of Liverpool fans thanks to this effort.

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Sadio Mane at Villa Park | Marc Atkins/Getty Images

You weren’t expecting that now, were you?

Liverpool’s away shirts of the 1980s and 1990s were undoubtedly some of the most stylish kits around, but this effort from New Balance is one of the greatest away shirts to ever grace the Premier League.

It’s simplistic, no-fuss design coupled with navy shorts and plain white socks is a throwback to football kits of old.

Not only does it look amazing, this kit will go down in Liverpool history as the club finally broke their Premier League duck – 30 years on from their last first division triumph.

A special kit for a special year.


8 Signings Man City Could Probably Make Now They Have the Green Light From CAS

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Pep Guardiola can go back to spending whatever he likes to retain the EFL Cup for a 205th straight season | Visionhaus/Getty Images

Right, who forgot to tell the CAS that the last thing you do with Manchester City is enable their spending habits?

Last season’s English champions were staring at a very rough couple of years ahead. With the prospect of no Champions League, they might have been bracing for the departures of a host of key players, without the platform or reach to adequately replace them.

Now? Bloody hell, they can do whatever they want – especially with FFP rules being eased due to the coronavirus financial crisis.

Can the rest of us not appeal their appeal?

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Coutinho is once again on the lookout for a new club | DeFodi Images/Getty Images

They do say that enemy of your enemy is your friend, and Coutinho has made it abundantly clear that he still considers Manchester United his enemy, owing to the time he spent at Anfield.

A vaguely Pep Guardiola-ish player, overpriced despite the fact he’d only cost about £50m at this stage, a weekly wage higher than most Premier League teams’ monthly bill…sounds about right, doesn’t it?

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Chilwell is a target for City this summer | Malcolm Couzens/Getty Images

Do not ever tell Manchester City they have enough full-backs. It just doesn’t compute with them, you’d be wasting your energy.

Kyle Walker, Joao Cancelo, Benjamin Mendy and Oleksandr Zinchenko should theoretically be enough, especially when you’ve already got Yan Couto coming in and Angelino to return.

How else do you mark the lifting of a European ban, though, except by breaking the full-back transfer record another three times?

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Could Sancho be on the way back to the Etihad? | Lars Baron/Getty Images

If for no other reason, then do it to stick it to United.

Sancho slipped through City’s fingers in 2017, but now they’ve been left under no illusions as to what he’s capable of, now could be the time to make amends in the form of a bid Dortmund will actually expect…as opposed to United’s strategy of persistently low-balling them into submission.

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Virtually every Premier League club would jump at the chance to sign Koulibaly | MB Media/Getty Images

The days when Koulibaly was the only centre-back on the planet who could hold a candle to Virgil van Dijk are long gone – nowadays no-one can do it – but he remains highly sought-after. It’s difficult to imagine City throwing in many from set pieces with him and Aymeric Laporte in the same team, anyway.

Let’s just ignore the fact he has openly expressed his desire to stay at Napoli. Once again, money talks.

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How much longer can Kane really stay at Tottenham? | Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images

Harry Kane will be 27 this summer. He has yet to win a team trophy as professional footballer.

That’s odd.

Little over a year ago, things were looking up for Hazza. He was a Champions League finalist, a World Cup Golden Boot winner, in a team that was going places. Now, well, you’re aware of the upcoming Amazon documentary, aren’t you?

Soon will come a time when Kane has to make a decision about his future. City will surely be waiting.

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The reunion to end all reunions… | Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images

Yeah yeah, five Ballons d’Or, ten La Ligas, four Champions Leagues and more goals than anyone can be bothered to count any more, blah blah blah. None of that really counts until he does it in The Barclays.

Careers aren’t made on trophies and success. They’re made on arctic Wednesdays in Wolverhampton, trying to find a yard of space in behind Conor Coady, who’s left his 18-yard box twice in 75 minutes of football.

Jamie Vardy’s done it. Danny Ings has done it. Even Troy Deeney’s done it. Know who hasn’t? Lionel Messi.

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Anthony Martial & Gabriel Jesus Among the Hot Picks for Fantasy Premier League GW36

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Anthony Martial has been in fine form since the restart | Alex Livesey – Danehouse/Getty Images

Usually as the Premier League season nears its end, the job of a fantasy manager starts to become a little easier. The under-achievers and stars of the season have long been recognised, making the final few weeks’ picks somewhat of a formality.

Then gameweek 35 happened…

The plans of fantasy managers all over the globe were ripped to shreds last week; David McGoldrick and Dominic Solanke are scoring goals, Aston Villa and West Ham are keeping clean sheets, Arsenal are making mistakes (well, some things never change).

If you’re staring aimlessly at your team – unsure of what to believe anymore – then never fear. Here’s your rundown of the best and worst picks ahead of gameweek 36.

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Kepa should be in for a good week despite some suspect performances this season | Pool/Getty Images

After their capitulation away at Sheffield United, for once the Chelsea fans couldn’t blame the defeat on Kepa Arrizabalaga.

The £71m man was unlucky in the build-up to McGoldrick’s opener and could do little about the Blades’ other two goals.

At home to Norwich – the lowest scorers in the league by some margin – the Spaniard should be in for a quiet afternoon. At £5.4 he’s not cheap, though a precious clean sheet at this stage of the season could be huge in terms of your final standing.

On the other hand, Bournemouth’s Aaron Ramsdale could be in for a long evening at the Etihad on Wednesday.

The Cherries have managed just four clean sheets in the league all season, and with City notching 14 goals in their last four games, Ramsdale won’t be relishing the trip.

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Aaron Wan-Bissaka will be looking to impress on his return to Selhurst Park | Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Despite being known more for the defensive side of his game, Aaron Wan-Bissaka has become a constant outlet on the United right and has been key to their good form since the restart.

Against his old employers he’ll no doubt be out to impress, and with the marauding Patrick van Aanholt his opposite number, Wan-Bissaka could be in for a fruitful afternoon as he looks to supply some of the hottest strikers in the league.

One side who can usually be relied upon for defensive solidarity is Burnley, and so it’s no surprise to see stalwart James Tarkowski the eighth-best performing defender in fantasy football.

Tarkowski’s Burnley face Wolves on Wednesday, and while the Clarets’ season may be just about done and dusted, Nuno Espírito Santo’s men have it all to play for with Champions League football on the line.

Wolves were in scintillating form last time out against Everton, and with the pace of Adama Traore and the power of Raul Jiménez, the Burnley backline will do well to keep Nuno’s men at bay.

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Mason Mount struggled last time out at Sheffield United | Visionhaus/Getty Images

The shrewd investors among you will have snapped up £8.3 Anthony Martial a few weeks ago. With four goals and an assist the Frenchman has been in fine form since the restart.

Classed as a midfielder for fantasy football purposes, Martial’s goalthreat could see you clock up the points in Gameweek 36 against a Crystal Palace side who have been in dismal form of late, losing five in a row and shipping 13 goals in the process.

One of United’s biggest rivals for a top-four place is Chelsea. Frank Lampard was rightly left furious following his side’s awful showing at Bramall Lane on Saturday, with the Blues boss hooking Mason Mount off at half time.

The youngster was at fault for the Blades opener, attempting to dribble out from the edge of his own box and being caught out, before McGoldrick broke his Premier League duck.

Despite a comfortable looking home clash with relegated Norwich, expect Lampard to ring the changes and Mount will most likely be the first to miss out.

Jesus has lead the City line since the injury to Aguero | LEE SMITH/Getty Images

Despite spending much of the season as deputy to Sergio Aguero, an injury to the Argentina international has seen Gabriel Jesus leading the City line.

The Brazilian hasn’t disappointed, notching two goals and two assists in his last two outings. Jesus will be keen to show Pep Guardiola that he can be the main man next season, and a home game against Bournemouth is the perfect opportunity to showcase his talents.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has enjoyed another stellar campaign for Arsenal, with the Gabon international yet again in the hunt for the Premier League Golden Boot – just three behind Jamie Vardy.

However, the Gunners travel to Anfield on Wednesday, and while Liverpool haven’t been at their imperious best since the restart, it’s difficult to see Mikel Arteta’s men taking anything from the home of the Reds.


Newcastle vs Tottenham Preview: How to Watch on TV, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News

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Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal FC – Premier League | Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images

Tottenham supporters, hold on to your hats. After months of doubting, Europa League football could yet be on the horizon – but only if Newcastle can be dispatched at St James’ Park.

After squeaking an all-important win against Arsenal, Spurs are looking to deliver back-to-back Premier League victories for the first time since February. Doing so may allow José Mourinho’s side to leapfrog Sheffield United and Wolves, if results elsewhere go their way.

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José Mourinho’s Tottenham have lacked consistency. | Pool/Getty Images

Newcastle, meanwhile, have very similar qualities. Sometimes the Magpies look great, but sometimes they are pretty dire – inconsistency that has put Steve Bruce’s position as manager under the microscope despite the club’s healthy points return.

Here, 90min previews the pair’s meeting.

When is Kick Off? Wednesday 15 July
What Time is Kick Off? 18:00 (GMT)
Where is it Played? St James’ Park
TV Channel/Live Stream? BT Sport 1
Referee? David Coote

Of late, Newcastle have not been blessed with lady luck in regards to injuries.

Sean Longstaff and Isaac Hayden are both ruled out, while Andy Carroll’s long standing injury troubles have led him to a groin problem. Additionally, Ciaran Clark will probably not play again this season after an ankle operation, though there is better news regarding Florian Lejeune – he could be in contention after a thigh injury.

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Sean Longstaff’s energy in the middle of the park will be a huge miss for Newcastle | Pool/Getty Images

For Tottenham, Japhet Tanganga is available once more – having initially been ruled out for the rest of the season by Mourinho with a stress fracture. Serge Aurier’s participation is in doubt, following the tragic death of his brother at the weekend.

Juan Foyth remains sidelined with a meniscus tear, while Eric Dier has two more matches to serve of the suspension he picked up for entering the crowd against Norwich to confront a fan.

Newcastle: Dubravka; Krafth, Lascelles, Fernández, Rose; Bentaleb, Shelvey; Saint-Maximin,
Almirón, Joelinton; Gayle

Tottenham: Lloris; Sissoko, Sánchez, Alderweireld, Davies; Skipp, Winks; Moura, Son, Bergwijn; Kane

Anyone who likes a bet should go absolutely nowhere near Newcastle or Spurs, two of the most wildly inconsistent sides in the Premier League since the restart.

Newcastle have sort of lost to the good teams and avoided defeat against the bad ones, but no-one could’ve predicted them putting four past Bournemouth or losing to a dreadful Watford side.

Equally, it’s been well-publicised that Spurs are somewhat unrecognisable from the team that used to sweep their Premier League opposition aside.

That’s evidenced best as sandwiched between aggressively unspectacular victories against Everton and Arsenal is an extraordinary (in the worst way possible) game against Bournemouth where they failed to register a single shot on target.

Here’s how both have performed in their last five.


Watford 2-1 Newcastle (11/07)
Manchester City 5-0 Newcastle (08/07)
Newcastle 2-2 West Ham (05/07)
Bournemouth 1-4 Newcastle (01/07)
Newcastle 0-2 Manchester City (28/06)


Tottenham 2-1 Arsenal (12/7)
Bournemouth 0-0 Tottenham (9/7)
Tottenham 1-0 Everton (6/7)
Sheffield United 3-1 Tottenham (2/7)
Tottenham 2-0 West Ham (23/6)

If there’s one thing you shouldn’t expect in this fixture, it’s goals. Neither side are famous for scoring many, but that certainly doesn’t mean they’ll make it easy for the opposition to get on the scoresheet either.

While Allan Saint-Maximin will relish a likely battle against Ben Davies, Tottenham’s experienced back four will give as good as they get – and the Frenchman could struggle with the lack of quality support up top.

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Saint-Maximin could well be the decisive factor in this encounter | Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images

Something hasn’t clicked up top for Tottenham’s talented bunch of attackers, and though the possible introduction of Steven Bergwijn could give them a bit of zip, not much of an initiative has been shown against defences who operate with a low block.

Expect a frustrating afternoon for both sides.

Prediction: Newcastle 0-0 Tottenham


Lucas Moura Is Essential to José Mourinho’s Tottenham – But That May Not Be a Good Thing

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Lucas Moura is in favour under José Mourinho. | Chloe Knott – Danehouse/Getty Images

In 2018, Didier Deschamps arguably had the most terrifying depth on the left wing that any manager has ever boasted going into a World Cup.

His France side could boast the crochets of the two-footed Ousmane Dembélé, the creativity of Thomas Lemar and the frightening pace of Kingsley Coman, while the main man Antoine Griezmann was no stranger to playing on the left.

Faced with this embarrassment of riches, who did Deschamps end up starting there for the vast majority of the tournament? None other than unfashionable holding midfielder Blaise Matuidi.

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Sometimes it’s not necessarily about picking your best possible XI. Just ask Blaise Matuidi! | Xavier Laine/Getty Images

It looked like a classic bit of unnecessary conservatism, a needless note of caution which would stop France from playing at their best. France had the forwards to blow anyone out of the water, why bother with a water-carrier in Deschamps’ own mould on the wing?

The answer was pretty simple: Kylian Mbappé. Matuidi’s defensive responsibility and tactical intelligence meant that the wonderkid could attack on the right with joyful abandon, knowing full well that the Juventus midfielder would remain tucked in on the other flank, and in choosing balance over the best possible eleven players, France found a way to win and to maximise their attacking potential.

The secrets behind France’s route towards the greatest prize in world sport may seem a long, long way away from Tottenham Hotspurs’ increasingly vain attempts to finish above Sheffield United in this season’s Premier League, but there’s a lesson there about the difference between starting lineup the fans want to see, and the starting lineup that the manager eventually goes with.

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Moura has been responsible for some amazing highs for Tottenham | Dan Mullan/Getty Images

If you’re not in the habit of regularly watching Spurs games, you will understandably be curious as to why fans of the Lilywhites find Lucas Moura such a frustrating figure.

How can the man responsible for one of the greatest moments in Spurs’ European history, that impossible hat-trick against Ajax, be regarded as little more than a rotation player by so many? And didn’t he score that last-gasp equaliser at Camp Nou to take Spurs through to the knockout stages in the first place?

Watch a Spurs game for more than five minutes, and you’ll very quickly understand why – the guy just cannot keep the ball, and on the rare occasions when he does, what he does next is often worse.

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Moura can struggle to keep hold of the ball, but his workrate in the final third is impressive | Michael Regan/Getty Images

In the same way every fanbase thinks their club uniquely bad at corners, supporters have a tendency to believe that their own winger is uniquely bad at holding onto the ball, but the raw data shows that Moura’s problem truly is unique – though 88 more players have carried the ball further in the Premier League this season, Moura ranks 16th in the league for the amount of times he is dispossesed, a disappointing ratio which stands out amongst his peers.

Teams can also allow Moura to drift out wide knowing that he poses very little threat from the byline for an attacking midfielder – of the 17 crosses that he has attempted, just two have been completed this season, suggesting that despite his obvious speed and trickery he is not particularly useful away from central areas.

Yet there is one statistical category in which Moura stands head and shoulders above his Spurs teammates, and luckily it is one that makes him a near-priceless commodity in the era of Mourinho ball.

Moura’s style certainly isn’t pretty, but it’s effective | ADAM DAVY/Getty Images

The Brazilian is 24th in tackles made in the attacking third, a statistic that seems middling until you consider that the nearest N17-based contender is Dele Alli in 70th place.

Sustained pressure in the opponents’ half is something that usually comes from a coherent, aggressive managerial strategy (hence the presence of four Liverpool players in the top 20 for the same statistic).

Given the fact that Moura was around for both the lethargic decline of Pochettino’s press and the uneasy transition to a wholly different style under José Mourinho, it is something of a miracle that he is keeping pace with the Roberto Firminos and Kevin De Bruynes in terms of winning the ball back in dangerous positions.

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Toby Alderweireld’s second league goal of the season settled the North London Derby for Tottenham | Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images

It is this quality which has endeared him so much to Mourinho, and which earned him some begrudging kudos from Spurs fans, many of whom were looking to see Steven Bergwijn in the starting lineup in Spurs’ recent north London Derby victory over Arsenal.

Bergwijn looks to be by far the more complete player since arriving from PSV Eindhoven, far more adept at progressing the ball efficiently and finding himself in good positions in the box. But in this case Mourinho knew that, as with Deschamps, Matuidi and Dembele, his best player was not necessarily his most useful one.

In his press conference after the north London Derby, the defeated Mikel Arteta’s tone was one of annoyance, of frustration that his Arsenal side weren’t allowed to build on their fluency throughout the match – he spoke with regret about how Arsenal ‘were gaining more momentum and getting closer to winning the game, [and then] we conceded the goal [Toby Alderweireld’s winner]’.

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Moura’s most important achievement was frustrating Arsenal | Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images

Moura, who made an astounding ten tackles in the game (for context, that’s almost a third of his colleague Son Heung-min’s total for the entire season), personified that disruptive force, winning fouls, harrying and winning the ball off Arsenal players when they tried to establish a settled routine in possession, and even finding Harry Kane with some nice passes to boot.

It’s rare for an attacking midfielder to possess Moura’s energy and work rate without having it hammered into them by repetitive training, and in his unique profile Mourinho has the perfect answer to a team that likes having a lot of the ball – a winger who is effective both in and out of possession.

The question is, is this sustainable? Most likely not, for one rather pointed reason.

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Moura has a tendency to be ineffective against teams that sit deep | Pool/Getty Images

Tottenham will not be playing Arsenal, who had 76% of the ball in the second half of the Derby, every week. Sometimes, they will have to play teams like Bournemouth, who were happy to let Spurs have 65% of the ball. As anyone who watched all 114 miserable minutes of Spurs’ game at the Vitality Stadium will know, in the latter scenario Spurs, and Moura, are in trouble.

With Moura unable to disrupt smaller teams, who are happy to play it long at the first sign of trouble, in possession, his creativity becomes his most valuable asset.

And yet it’s clear that, though Moura was certainly unlocking Kane in the final third against Arsenal, this isn’t a long-term solution – his two key passes in that game vastly outstripped his regular average of 1.24 per game, suggesting at best that he can only really muster creativity against more expansive sides, and at worst that he won’t be able to keep up this kind of incisive passing for the remainder of the season.

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Moura connected well with Kane against Arsenal, but its doubtful as to whether he can keep this up | Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Unless Mourinho takes risks with his team selection against Spurs’ humbler opponents, he is placing an enormous burden on Moura to create chances at a level that he is simply not capable of.

It’s early on in Bergwijn’s Spurs career, but his comparatively superior 1.74 key passes per game suggest that he needs to be permanently integrated into the first team sooner rather than later if Spurs are to rediscover a goalscoring touch, and with Moussa Sissoko looking like he could balance out the Dutchman’s enthusiastic forays forward with a more reserved role in right midfield, it seems obvious that Moura should make way.

Whether Mourinho will ever be truly comfortable attacking without inhibition by replacing Moura is another question. For now, it feels as if Spurs supporters have to get used to the endless, whirring carrousel ride of watching the Brazilian losing the ball, winning it back, losing it again, and winning it back again – forever and ever and ever.