Liverpool will put their unbeaten Premier League streak on the line when they travel to north London on Saturday for an exciting clash against Tottenham.
The Reds have enjoyed a superb start to the 2023/24 season, collecting 16 points from six games in the Premier League while also reaching the fourth round of the Carabao Cup. They beat Leicester City 3-1 at home in midweek to book a spot in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup.
Jurgen Klopp’s side are high in confidence but they will be wary of facing a Spurs side who have been rejuvenated by new manager Ange Postecoglou and come into this game off the back of a 2-2 draw with bitter rivals Arsenal.
Liverpool Team News
Liverpool have suffered a blow ahead of the game with Stefan Bajcetic set for another spell on the sidelines with a minor setback, having only returned to the team last week from a long-term injury. Thiago Alcantara will be out for a few weeks having suffered a hip setback, with the Spanish midfielder training on his own.
Jurgen Klopp has confirmed in his pre-match presser that Trent Alexander-Arnold is ready to return to the squad. Alexander-Arnold, who has sat out the last four games with a hamstring injury, returned to team training earlier this week and will be included in the travelling Liverpool squad.
Predicted Liverpool lineup vs Tottenham (4-3-3)
Liverpool’s undisputed No.1, Alisson Becker will go into the game searching for his first clean sheet of the season. He will have to be at his best to get off the mark on Saturday.
In front of Alisson, a well-rested Joel Matip should continue his recent run of Premier League starts in the Liverpool defence. The Cameroonian will partner Virgil van Dijk in central defence.
Andy Robertson is an easy pick at left-back, with the Scot replacing Kostas Tsimikas in the team from the cup fixture against Leicester City. While Alexander-Arnold has recovered from a hamstring problem and will be included in the squad, it is unlikely to see him start straightaway. So, Joe Gomez at right-back appears to be a safe bet against Tottenham.
Alexis Mac Allister is expected to hold the fort in midfield. The World Cup winner should be tasked with keeping things ticking from the No.6 role. He will be joined by Dominik Szoboszlai and Curtis Jones in the Reds’ engine room, as the troika aim to control the flow of the game as well as disrupt Tottenham’s passing rhythm.
Ryan Gravenberch and Wataru Endo could be called upon in the second half if needed.
Fresh from enjoying a night off in midweek, Mohamed Salah will look to wreak havoc against Spurs from the right flank. Luis Diaz appears to have nailed down his spot on the left flank, and the Colombian should provide plenty of pace, trickery and flair to the Liverpool attack.
Darwin Nunez, who scored a fantastic goal in Liverpool’s 3-1 win over West Ham last weekend, should likely get the green signal to lead the line against Spurs. Cody Gakpo and Diogo Jota must wait for their opportunities on the bench and make an impact if called upon by Klopp.
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