Liverpool Kick Off Run of Tough Fixtures at Wembley
Liverpool have made a perfect start to the season so far, and so had Tottenham until they were defeated by a plucky Watford side.
Spurs will be looking to ruin Liverpool’s run and get their own season back on track ahead of the mid-week Champions League games.
It’ll be a difficult game to predict after the international break, and much will depend on the freshness and availability of each sides players.
Team News and Predicted Lineup
As mentioned above, predicting a result, let alone a lineup for this game will prove exceedingly difficult.
The only certainties for Tottenham are that Moussa Sissoko, Dele Alli and Hugo Lloris will miss the game through injury.The rest of the team however, is highly interchangeable, particularly in midfield and defence.
Davinson Sanchez could be an option despite coming back late from international duty, while Danny Rose and Serge Aurier could feature if Keiran Trippier or Ben Davies aren’t fit to play.
Likewise, the Reds’ lineup will be difficult to pick. Despite the fact that we have a run of difficult fixtures coming up, Klopp may elect to not rotate for this match.
News broke this week that Dejan Lovren will be sidelined for a further month at least, while Adam Lallana picked up a minor injury while away on England duty. Simon Mignloet also suffered a knock, but should still make the bench.
Klopp’s other options that may start ahead of those who travelled include Joel Matip, Alberto Moreno, Nathaniel Clyne, Jordan Henderson, as well as the more exciting possibilities of Daniel Sturridge and Xherdan Shaqiri.
Like Liverpool, Tottenham have been, mostly, securing good results despite sub-par performances. In particular, star striker Harry Kane is yet to hit top form, much like our front three.
Given the stunted attack, the midfield battle becomes even more important and so it will be up to James Milner and Gini Wijnaldum to wrangle Christian Eriksen and Mousa Dembele, while Eric Dier struggles to contain Naby Keita.
This will be the game where Keita must stand up and cause Spurs serious damage, as his ability to operate between the lines will be key to breaking up their well-drilled defence.
If Liverpool play to their best ability, then we should be able to handle every Spurs throw at us while causing them serious problems at their end.
But it’s unlikely we’ll see the Reds at their best at Wembley due to the hangover from the international break.
Given that, another gutsy performance will be required to get the win, and the Reds will do so in a 1-3 victory.
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