The whole world is waiting for the opener of English Premier League this weekend as it brings the first game of Jurgen Klopp in charge of Liverpool. “Klopp for Kop” has happened and the football world went crazy and the German charismatic manager will want to start his new challenge on a high as the Reds travel to White Hart Lane against Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspur.
Tottenham are standing 8th in the table after eight games with 13 points, only one more than 10th placed Liverpool. But after a change of manager, Liverpool will hope to change their fortunes. It is now time for Klopp to return the favour to the fans who voiced for Klopp after Rodgers got sacked.
Spurs are in a seven-match unbeaten streak and will give their best to make it eight. Starting their season poorly picking up just three points in the first four games, they came back to good form as they collected 10 out of possible 12 in the next four games that include a brilliant 4-1 win over Manchester City.
For the team as a whole, though, it will be a welcome return to home comforts. They remain unbeaten in front of their own fans in the league this season while their last outing at White Hart Lane was that drubbing of Manchester City.
Indeed, despite Spurs struggling at times in front of their own fans in recent seasons, their last five Premier League home defeats have been by just one goal – the last visiting team to win by more in the top flight was Liverpool themselves in August 2014.
But Spurs must be wary of the fact that Klopp is the centre of attention of the whole football world and will give his best to return to Anfield with a win. A win over expected European rivals Spurs would be a fine start, but Gerard Houllier is the only Liverpool manager to have won his first Premier League match in charge of the club, doing so in 1998 when in joint control with Roy Evans.
Calling himself as ‘the normal one’, Klopp has immense pressure on his head to fulfil the dreams of the fans.
Liverpool team news-
Klopp’s first week at Liverpool has not been the best as he lost two of his key players for the whole season. Danny Ings suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury in training on Wednesday, with that news being confirmed less than a day after Joe Gomez was also ruled out for the remainder of the campaign with the same problem. Another blow came Liverpool’s way as young midfielder Jordan Rossiter suffered a hamstring injury.
Aside from that, Klopp will also be without Christian Benteke (hamstring), Jordan Henderson (foot) and Roberto Firmino (back), but Philippe Coutinho (groin) and Dejan Lovren (ankle) could be fit for selection.
Liverpool predicted lineup-
Goalkeeper- Simon Mignolet
Defenders- Nathaniel Clyne, Martin Skrtel, Mamadou Sakho, Alberto Moreno
Central Midfielders- Lucas Leiva, Emre Can
Attacking Midfielders- James Milner, Philippe Coutinho, Adam Lallana
Striker- Daniel Sturridge
Klopp is likely to field his team in a narrow 4-2-3-1 formation he likes. Here is how the line up is likely to be-