Here’s our predcited Liverpool lineup vs Tottenham Hotspur tomorrow. Jurgen Klopp faces a practically impossible task preparing for this one.
How do you prepare for this? Liverpool travel to face Spurs tomorrow but don’t really know who’s available or not.
The Reds had Covid-19 hit them during the week, with Virgil van Dijk, Fabinho and Curtis Jones all testing initial positives. That ruled them out of the game against Newcastle United. Now, a full PCR test could show negative but it appears they will miss Liverpool vs Tottenham, too.
And then the bigger concern arrives – who else will test positive? We’ve seen other clubs lose entire teams once positive results started coming back and Liverpool may be the same.
Any preparation for this one might go out the window by kick-off, then. We’ll work on the basis that the initial trio won’t face Spurs and that Liverpool must work without them. They certainly won’t be training, after all.
Predicted Liverpool lineup vs Tottenham
Alisson Becker is a safe bet in goal. We imagine Klopp will stick with Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold at full-back, too, while centre-back is also clear.
Unfortunately, it’s only clear because Van Dijk won’t play and Joe Gomez has been injured. Joel Matip and Ibrahima Konate are virtual certainties.
Fabinho is out and we wonder if that will force Klopp to continue with both Thiago and Jordan Henderson. There’s no right answer there, though, as both have had injury concerns this season (and beyond).
Playing them for the third time in a week feels like a risk. Especially as Thiago was uncharacteristically off his game in midweek and a rest could be in order. Perhaps Naby Keita’s return opens up some options, while we know Klopp is impressed with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain right now.
That feels like a very attacking midfield, presuming Henderson will play the holding role. But maybe a midfield two of Henderson and Keita could allow for four up front? Even more attacking but perhaps the two-man base shields the back four better.
Our guess is Mohamed Salah, Diogo Jota and Sadio Mane again. Roberto Firmino is only just back from a fairly long period out and surely isn’t ready to start.
But as we say, Klopp could go with a two-man midfield and play four up top. We don’t think he will but it’s an option here as Liverpool battle fitness issues.
Our Liverpool lineup vs Spurs
Alexander-Arnold – Matip – Konate – Robertson
Oxlade-Chamberlain – Keita
Salah – Jota – Mane