After last week’s defeat to Manchester City, Liverpool face Tottenham Hotspur at the White Hart Lane today.

Team News:

Spurs (Possible, 4-2-3-1): Lloris; Dier, Fazio, Vertonghen, Rose; Capoue, Bentaleb; Chadli, Eriksen, Lamela; Adebayor. 
Out: Walker (pelvis).
Doubtful: Soldado (back).

Liverpool (Possible, 4-3-3): Mignolet; Manquillo, Lovren, Sakho, Moreno; Gerrard, Allen, Henderson; Sterling, Balotelli, Sturridge. 
Out: Agger, Assaidi, Flanagan (all knee), Borini (shoulder).
Doubtful: Moreno (ankle), Skrtel (unspecified), Johnson (thigh), Enrique (knee).

New star signing Mario Balotelli is expected to make his debut for the Merseyside outfit. In that case, Coutinho will be demote to the bench. Glen Johnson and Martin Skrtel both suffered injuries against Manchester City. Spanish international Alberto Moreno is doubtful for the game. Gerrard, Henderson and Allen are expected to start in the central midfield. Rodgers confirmed Lallana is still short of match fitness, but he might get a few minutes. French international Mamadou Sakho might feature in the absence of Martin Skrtel. Javier Manquillo will replace Glen Johnson in the starting XI. 

Roberto Soldado is a major doubt for Tottenham and Kyle Walker is the only long term injury concern. Kyle Naughton returns from suspension, but Eric Dier should retain his place in the starting XI after a brilliant start to the season.

Manager Quotes:

Brendan Rodgers: “This is not the Mario Balotelli show.

“He’s a good player, and a talented player, but he has a lot of work to do here. We’ve got a number of top-class players. The star of this team will always be the team.

“There’s no more pressure on him than on the rest of the team. He’s a member of this team. He’s top quality, there’s no doubt about that, a class act with wonderful football qualities.”

Mauricio Pochettino:  “The only thing is that Balotelli is a very good player, a star. For England, for our football, it is important that star players come here.

“ Mario Balotelli is an unbelievable player and he has very good skill. And, OK, it is important for football and for Liverpool, not for us.”

Opta Stats:

  • The Reds’ 5-0 win at White Hart Lane in December last season ended a run of five consecutive Premier League home wins for Spurs against Liverpool.
  • Liverpool won six points against Tottenham in the Premier League last season with an aggregate score of 9-0.
  • Liverpool’s defeat at Manchester City last Monday was their first away from home in the Premier League in 2014 (W7 D2 L1).
  • Tottenham have won five of their last six Premier League games (L1).
  • Eric Dier is the first defender in Premier League history to score in his first two appearances.
  • Etienne Capoue has made more passes (196) than any other Premier League player this season.
  • Liverpool have scored 60 Premier League goals in 2014, seven more than any other side.
  • After assisting only one goal in his first 10 PL appearances for Tottenham, Erik Lamela assisted two goals in the space of seven first half minutes vs QPR last weekend.
  • Daniel Sturridge has only scored in two of his last eight Premier League games.
  • Liverpool have not lost back to back games in the Premier League since December 2013.

Prediction:

Tottenham 2-1 Liverpool