Jürgen Klopp will be tempted to make several changes to his starting lineup for the Premier League clash against Tottenham at Anfield
Liverpool’s chances of qualifying for the Champions League remain slim going into the match against Tottenham Hotspur.
The Reds are coming off a 2-1 victory over West Ham on Wednesday. Liverpool had to work hard for the three points in London, but they won for the third time in a row thanks to goals from Cody Gakpo and Jol Matip.
Tottenham is another team competing with Liverpool for European football, making Sunday’s game at Anfield even more important. Jürgen Klopp will have to make several decisions when deciding on his starting lineup for the game.
Ibrahima Konaté will be one player he can rely on after missing the win over West Ham as a precaution. Klopp confirmed in his press conference on Friday that Konaté is back available, which means he could replace Matip, who scored the game-winning goal on Wednesday.
Klopp is expected to stick with the same defense that started against West Ham, with Konaté coming in to replace Matip. Alisson Becker, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk, and Andy Robertson are all expected to stay.
Midfield is a different story, but you’d think Fabinho would start on the defensive side. Curtis Jones has performed admirably in recent games and would be disappointed to be demoted to the bench.
Jordan Henderson started against West Ham, but the game seemed to shift much more in Liverpool’s favor when Thiago Alcântara entered the game. As a result, the Spaniard could get his first start since the beginning of February on Sunday.
At least one change in the forward line is possible, but it would be a major surprise if it involved Mohamed Salah. Furthermore, after scoring on Wednesday, Gakpo could be given another start, even though Luis Daz is back and showing signs of full match fitness.
Diogo Jota was suffering from a minor back injury following a collision in the win over West Ham, but it is not believed to be serious. Given that the Portugal international has now played 12 consecutive matches, Darwin Nez may be given a start.
Nez has not started any of Liverpool’s last four games, but he caused problems against Tottenham earlier this season. Sunday could be the ideal day to reintroduce the striker into the starting lineup.
Liverpool’s predicted lineup against Tottenham is as follows: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Konaté, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Thiago, Jones; Salah, Nez, Gakpo.