Liverpool return to action in the Premier League this evening when they travel to North London for their clash with Tottenham Hotspur and Jurgen Klopp will likely rotate his team once again.
The Reds kept their unbeaten run across all competitions alive when they beat Leicester City at Anfield in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday evening and will be hoping that winning mentality can translate into their meeting with Ange Postecoglou’s side today.
Liverpool are just two points behind Manchester City, currently second in the top-flight table after an outstanding start to their campaign and will be aiming to keep that gap tight with the treble winners by taking all three points from their trip to the capital.
In terms of injuries, both Thiago Alcantara and Conor Bradley remain unavailable for selection, whilst Stefan Bajcetic will be unlikely to take a spot in the match-day squad after picking up a small calf injury following his inclusion in the midweek victory.
Klopp is expecting to have one returnee this weekend, with vice-captain Trent Alexander-Arnold expected to make his highly anticipated return to the starting line up after recovering from an injury that has seen him unavailable since the international break.
The Liverpool boss took to his pre-match press conference to deliver a positive update on the right-back’s potential return this weekend:
“Trent trained yesterday normal and will train today normal, and then we have to make a decision.”
“He will be in the squad, I’m not a doctor so cannot make that decision, but it looks like he can be in the squad tomorrow and play.”
How could Liverpool line up against Spurs?
We predicted that Klopp will make nine changes to his starting eleven this evening, maintaining his classic 4-3-3 formation.
In the defensive set up, we expect to see Alisson Becker reprise his role in goal replacing Caoimhin Kelleher, whilst club captain Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Andy Robertson join Ibrahima Konate to complete the back four.
In midfield we expect to see a complete reshuffle with Curtis Jones retaining his spot in the starting line up but moving into the more attacking role alongside Dominik Szoboszlai, whilst Alexis Mac Allister returns to complete the three in the centre of the pitch.
In the attacking threat, there is no doubt that Mohammed Salah will be certain to return, replacing youngster Ben Doak on the right wing, whilst Luis Diaz replaces Diogo Jota and Darwin Nunez takes the centre-forward starting role over Cody Gakpo.
Keeping the momentum strong and securing another victory will be absolutely essential for Liverpool this weekend and the meeting with Spurs will be a true test of how rapidly the side have shifted their mentality and quality if they can dominate in North London.