Adrian Clarke looks at tactical battles set to take place in Matchweek 5.
Both Golden Boot-winners have made respectable starts, scoring twice each. Yet slightly modified roles have introduced more creativity to their all-round play.
Liverpool's front three have rotated superbly across the opening four fixtures.
Salah frequently pushes inside from the right flank to set up chances. He is adept at releasing the ball early and his team-mates benefit from the extra time and space.
He is creating a goal opportunity every 26 minutes, a huge uplift on his average of 47.1 minutes last term. This area of Salah's game is improving with each match.
This positive change has compensated for the easy scoring opportunities that Salah has uncharacteristically spurned this season.
Although these are early days in the campaign, last season's top scorer's conversion rate has dropped from 29 per cent to 17 per cent.
If Salah can get both sides of his play in sync this weekend, Spurs will have a difficult time containing him.
For his part, Kane is still adjusting to a shift in formation from Mauricio Pochettino.
Rather than leading the line on his own, the 25-year-old is playing alongside Lucas Moura, who is also being deployed as a striker.
The stats indicate that Kane is working just as hard to show for the ball and is enjoying about the same amount of touches per match.
Yet the striker's impact inside the penalty area has definitely changed.
Kane is producing less than half the number of shots per 90 minutes than he did last season.
On the flip side, he is laying on a greater number of chances for others.
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In the short term, having an additional forward occupying central areas appears to be limiting Kane's potency, but this is unlikely to last.
Once he fully acclimatises to the change in set-up, assuming Pochettino persists with it, the goals will flow again.