Liverpool return to Premier League action on Sunday against Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield, and here’s how we think Jurgen Klopp will line up his team
Liverpool return to Premier League action on Sunday afternoon when they host Tottenham Hotspur in another crucial match in the race for European qualification.
Jurgen Klopp’s team is looking for their fourth consecutive league victory after defeating West Ham United at the London Stadium on Wednesday night. This followed victories over Nottingham Forest and Leeds United.
The Reds had used the same starting lineup in the latter matches. They did make one change to the starting lineup against the Hammers, with Joel Matip replacing Ibrahima Konate, who returned to training on Friday.
If Liverpool wins on Sunday, they will leapfrog Spurs and move as high as fifth, depending on how Aston Villa performs against Manchester United earlier in the afternoon.
Klopp revealed at his pre-match press conference on Friday morning that, while Konate was back, Roberto Firmino and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain were out, and Diogo Jota had a knock. Jota, Fabinho, and Thiago Alcantara were not seen in training later in the day, but that does not necessarily mean they will not be available for selection against Tottenham. Naby Keita was also not spotted, but Oxlade-Chamberlain was.
Trent Alexander-Arnold will start at right-back but will continue to drift into his new midfield role, with Alisson Becker remaining in goal. Matip, Virgil van Dijk, and Andy Robertson will round out the back four.
Klopp could make changes in the midfield, with Fabinho and Curtis Jones remaining, but Thiago Alcantara replacing Jordan Henderson.
Following his injury, Jota may have to settle for a bench spot, with Darwin Nunez being promoted to the starting XI alongside the in-form Cody Gakpo and Mohamed Salah.
And Luis Diaz, who was substituted on for the final 30 minutes of the win over the Hammers on Wednesday night, may get more minutes. His first start since returning from injury is on the way.
Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Thiago, Fabinho, Jones, Salah, Nunez, Gakpo; Thiago, Fabinho, Jones, Salah, Nunez, Gakpo.