Here is how Liverpool could lineup against Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield on Sunday.
Liverpool will face-off Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League at Anfield on Sunday. The Reds are competing against Manchester City for the league title and Jurgen Klopp should be thorough about his game plan to enter this game against a very good tuned Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs side.
The hosts have made Anfield their fortress with a commendable 80% win record this campaign in all competitions and have suffered only one loss against Chelsea in the league cup. On the other hand, the visitors have to step up their game as they have not won their last four Premier League games.
Liverpool have been boosted by the injury comebacks from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Joe Gomez, Naby Keita, and Xherdan Shaqiri. Despite being given green light to proceed for this game, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is expected to stay as out of the squad as Jurgen Klopp has spoken about the necessity to regain his match fitness to feature in the side. On the other hand, Spurs will be without Eric Dier and Harry Winks, and Dele Alli could be doubtful with an injury.
With two teams battling out for two different reasons, it will be an interesting game to witness. Here’s how Liverpool could lineup against Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield on Sunday.
Alisson Becker (GK):
Alisson Becker’s debut Premier League season with Liverpool cannot much be better with most clean sheets than any other goalkeeper in the league. With the best save percentage of big chances this campaign, the Brazilian has been nothing short of remarkable except for one or two moments. He is expected to guard the post on Sunday.
Trent Alexander-Arnold (RB):
There were several doubts about Trent Alexander-Arnold’s fitness about his availability for this game, but Jurgen Klopp confirmed that the English full-back would be taking part in the game after training with rest of the teammates on Thursday. His creativity is pivotal to the Reds’ linkup play and the right-back will keep his position against Spurs.
Dejan Lovren (CB):
This position would remain a dilemma for Jurgen Klopp. The German International has the history of favouring the Croatian International over Joel Matip, who has started last nine games on a trot. With Joe Gomez unlikely to start, it will be particularly interesting to see the pairing with Virgil Van Dijk at the back.
Virgil Van Dijk (CB):
Virgil Van Dijk is the undisputed center-back in the Premier League currently. It will be a question about the center-back pairing at the back with the dominant Dutchman. Having missed only one game through injury, the 27-year-old will keep his place, without any second thoughts.
Andy Robertson (LB):
Andy Robertson has been one of the finest buys in Liverpool’s history. The Scottish left-back will keep his place against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday. Alberto Moreno has rarely started for the Reds this campaign and he will keep his place.
It took time for Fabinho to get adapted to new conditions in England. Since starting games from November, the Brazilian is currently undroppable in Liverpool’s starting lineup. He is one of the best defensive midfielders in the league currently and the former Monaco midfielder is expected to get a nod above the skipper Jordan Henderson.
Georginio Wijnaldum (CDM):
Georginio Wijnaldum is one of the best performers for Liverpool this campaign. During the inception of the season, the Dutchman acted as the Reds’ pivotal midfielder before Fabinho joined a new combination with him in the middle of the park. He has been undroppable and will keep his place intact.
James Milner (CAM):
Jurgen Klopp has been cautious about the third midfielder to ensure that the midfield does not get overrun against big sides. That is one among the many reasons for Xherdan Shaqiri and Naby Keita’s absence in the starting eleven. The experienced campaigner will lead his side on Sunday.
Roberto Firmino (CF):
Roberto Firmino has been omnipresent behind the African attackers – Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane. He is the pivotal player in Klopp’s system by helping his side lineup the midfield with the attack. He must start in the front three having scored in the reverse fixture at Wembley Stadium.
Mohamed Salah (RW):
Mohamed Salah is currently going through a barren spell by not finding the back of the net for six consecutive Premier Leagues. The Egyptian has been tightly marked, but his ability to create multiple opportunities per game for fun is integral to Liverpool despite not finding the back of the net.
Sadio Mane (LW):
Sadio Mane came off the bench to devastating effect for his national side by scoring one and assisting another one to turnaround the score. The Senegalese International is the man on form with nine goals since the inception of this year. He will keep his place with no second thoughts.