Barclays Premier League; Saturday, 11th February; Anfield, Liverpool; KO: 5:30 pm BST (11:00 pm IST)
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool failed to arrest their slump from the start of the year as they fell to another embarrassing defeat at the weekend against Marco Silva’s Hull City side away from home. They have slipped down the points table recently and face a tough task this weekend when they welcome Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspur to Anfield. The Spurs are currently the closest team to Chelsea in the points table but a loss in this game can all but end their title hopes. The Reds are yet to win a game, even at Anfield, this year and they will hope to turn things around but with the Spurs finding some decent form off-late, this encounter promises to be an exciting one. Here is the predicted lineup that Jurgen Klopp might field for this tie:
The Reds missed the likes of Dejan Lovren and Ragnar Klavan in the previous game. The former is yet to be back in training but may make the squad while Klavan trained away from the first team after picking up a small illness. Midfielder Adam Lallana also missed training on Thursday but even he is expected to make it to the squad for this game. Ovie Ejaria, Marko Grujic, and Danny Ings remain injury absentees for the Reds.
Expected lineup (4-3-3):
Though cost Liverpool a few points in the last 3 games, Mignolet, is the first choice goalkeeper for Klopp and should keep his place in the side for this game.
The English defender has not been at his best recently but will hope to put in good performance against the like of Eriksen on the night.
The backbone of the Liverpool defense, Matip, should have a decent game against Harry Kane for Liverpool to take anything from this tie.
With Lovren not back in training, Klavan, who is back fit after missing the previous game, should partner Matip at the back for Liverpool.
Though showed signs of fatigue in the last few games, Milner, got a week’s break to recuperate and will come out all guns blazing for this tie.
The skipper of the side, Henderson, will hope to control the midfield and give the visitors a hard night on a sparkling Anfield turf.
The German midfielder has been criticized heavily for the lack of performances recently but he should start this game in the absence of key player for Liverpool.
The Dutch international was on the bench for the game against Hull but should be back in action in the absence of Lallana in this tie.
The biggest threat for the Spurs on the night, Mane, will be up against Ben Davies on the night at Anfield.
Though not effective in recent games, Firmino is an important member of the squad at the club and should keep his place in the side for this tie.
The Brazilian playmaker is not back to his best since coming back from injury and this game gives him a perfect opportunity to do so.