Liverpool face Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield on Wednesday night with the aim of returning to the top of the Premier League with a win against Jose Mourinho’s side.
Both sides dropped points away from home at the weekend, with the Reds struggling to a 1-1 draw against Fulham, whilst Spurs failed to take all three points with the same scoreline against Crystal Palace.
Joel Matip was forced off with injury during the game at Craven Cottage, so could miss out on the game against the North London side, potentially leaving Klopp with no fit senior centre-backs in his side.
Here’s how Football FanCast expects Klopp to line his side up against Spurs at Anfield, with two changes from the team that started against Fulham…
Alisson keeps his place in goal after impressing on his return to the side against Fulham last weekend, as he made a number of important stops to keep the Reds in the game.
There’s one change in defence, as Nathaniel Phillips is handed his third start of the Premier League season, replacing Matip in defence after his injury on Sunday.
Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson will be key if they can push forward and be dangerous with their crosses, although they must be strong defensively against this prolific Spurs attack.
There’s one change in midfield, as, despite his excellent display at the weekend, Curtis Jones drops out in place of Takumi Minamino.
The Reds will need a disciplined midfield and the former RB Salzburg man’s energy could be beneficial against this Spurs midfield, especially if Harry Kane drops deep to try and influence the game, so having someone like Minamino to break things up could prove vital.
Earlier this season, Klopp praised the 25-year-old for his impact against Ajax in the Champions League, saying:
“Taki is a machine. He’s everywhere, he defends like a devil and then offensively he’s really involved. Nice one-twos together with Diogo on the side where they came into the box.”
Therefore, the German manager may be tempted to start the Japanese international, who earns £75k per week at Liverpool, on Wednesday, due to his impressive work-rate off the ball.
Unsurprisingly, the front three stays the same after it was revealed that Diogo Jota could be out until February with a knee injury, so Klopp will be hoping that the likes of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino can do the damage at Anfield.