Liverpool - Spurs team news: confirmed starting XIs for Premier League
With an unprecedented quadruple still on the cards for The Reds, arguably their toughest remaining league game is today’s at home to Tottenham.
It’s all still, incredibly, on the line. With progress to the 2022 Champions League final secured on Tuesday, and an FA Cup clincher against Chelsea at Wembley already in the diary, Saturday evening sees Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool return their attention to the Premier League. Coming into the game at Anfield, they sit a single point behind leaders Manchester City - who didn’t make it past Real Madrid in their own European semi - so The Reds know they must maintain their stunning levels of performance and consistency to add another three points to their tally and keep the pressure on.
Liverpool vs Spurs: a lot on the line at Anfield
Having gone all the way in the other domestic competition, lifting the Carabao Cup at the end of a full-team penalty shootout, the Merseysiders will fulfil every game available to them in the season. That’s not been done before. But with that number of matches, 63 if I’ve done my sums right, comes a massive drain on the players, meaning a lot of responsibility falls on the shoulders of the manager. Klopp is not forgiven by demanding fans, nor the media, if he rotates his squad and then fails to win. But likewise, he’s criticised by many if energy levels drop due to players being a touch below their maximum. Somehow the German coach has got them to this point, something that in itself deserves massive credit.
So to the teams for tonight’s match. Antonio Conte has rejuvenated this Spurs team and they are more than capable of getting something out of their trip to Anfield, if they are on their game, and the host are slightly off theirs. Here’s how both managers have lined up.
Liverpool starting XI
Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Thiago, Henderson; Salah, Mane, Diaz.
Subs: Kelleher, Milner, Keita, Gomez, Jones, Jota, Tsimikas, Origi, Matip.
Spurs starting XI
Lloris, Romero, Dier, Davies, Royal, Sessegnon, Bentancur, Hojbjerg, Kulusevski, Son, Kane
Subs: Gollini, Sanchez, Winks, Rodon, Bergwijn, Moura, White, Scarlett, Craig