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Harry Kane to ditch mask for Liverpool match

Not a joke! Kane is expected to go mask-free against the Reds.

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Who was that masked man? Harry Kane has finally been given the go-ahead to play football without wearing his protective face mask, according to the Evening Standard, and will play without it for the first time in several weeks when Tottenham Hotspur travel to Anfield to take on Liverpool on Saturday.

Kane had his nose broken in Spurs' loss to Crystal Palace, the same match in which Palace striker Connor Wickham injured Jan Vertonghen by elbowing him in the head, causing him to injure his MCL in the fall.

We all had some fun at Kane's behalf when the mask news was released, but since he put it on he's scored five goals in his last five league matches and seemed to have regained his scoring confidence after a "blip" in the month of February. Tottenham will need Kane to be at his best ability on Saturday: with Spurs five points behind Leicester, a win is desperately needed at a place where Spurs have been notoriously poor in recent seasons. If Tottenham are going to continue to push towards a league title, they probably need a goal (or three) from Kane on Saturday.

Maybe he should just leave the mask on.