Liverpool could be without Divock Origi and Emre Can for the Reds’ visit to White Hart Lane this weekend.
During Liverpool’s English Football League Cup second round (wow, what a mouthful) clash with Burton Albion, Emre Can and Divock Origi both picked up minor injuries with the former being withdrawn as a precaution. Klopp revealed in his customary pre-match press conference that the pair could miss the game against Tottenham on Saturday.
“There’s a few players in a bit of doubt,” Klopp said, according to the Daily Star. “Emre, nothing really serious.
“It’s his ankle Can has had problems with in past. It’s the same situation with Divock.
“I’m not for sure they’ll be available.”
Emre Can will be a real miss due to his combative style in the middle of the park and the fact that Saturday’s game will be an action packed encounter. He is far more suited to the holding role when compared to Jordan Henderson who is more of a natural box-to-box midfielder.
That’s not to say Origi won’t be a miss, because he will. The Belgian is far more suited to the pressing game when you compare him to Daniel Sturridge but he is nowhere near the Englishman when it comes to finishing.
This fixture, Tottenham away, was the first that Klopp took charge of after taking over from Brendan Rodgers last October and it offers an interesting throwback. It gives us the opportunity to see just how much Klopp has implemented his style since playing Spurs at White Hart Lane last year.
Spurs are also a pressing side and will put pressure on Liverpool just as much as the Reds will on the hosts.
“This game is completely different to the last two we played,” he added. “They are a pressing team. They don’t give away a lot of spaces.
“The most important stage in the early part of season is to get rhythm. We needed to use every minute against Burton.”
Liverpool will be looking to take maximum points to try and improve on their start to the season with Leicester and Chelsea still to play in the next two games.