Liverpool expected 4-2-3-1 v Tottenham: Two summer signings axed
By Harvey Byrne
Jurgen Klopp is set to reshuffle his side as he prepares for a key fixture at White Hart Lane on Saturday.
The Reds secured a comfortable 5-0 EFL Cup victory against Burton in midweek, after a shock 2-0 defeat against Burnley in the league last Saturday.
However, the German manager may have to move away from his usual 4-3-3 formation to give his defence a greater shield against a strong Spurs side.
Klopp handed Joel Matip and Emre Can their first starts of the new campaign in the midweek clash, and they could remain in the side at the weekend.
That would mean new signings Ragnar Klavan and Georginio Wijnaldum may have to start on the bench for the first time in the Premier League.
Can is a slight doubt heading into the match after suffering a knock to his ankle in the Burton match, but Klopp has stated that it isn’t a serious injury.
Striker Daniel Sturridge is set to lead the attack for the first time of the new campaign. Roberto Firmino gave a less-than-impressive performance as the spearhead against Burnley, while Sturridge was similarly disappointing on the right.
The England international spoke of his disappointment about playing on the right during the week. He considers himself a centre forward and it was one of the reasons he quit former club Chelsea.
Long-serving goalkeeper Simon Mignolet is expected to keep his place, with Loris Karius still recovering from a broken hand injury he suffered in pre-season.
The back four is expected to remain unchanged from midweek, with James Milner still favoured over the more natural left-back Alberto Moreno after he struggled against Theo Walcott on the opening day.
Can and Jordan Henderson offer the Liverpool defence more protection. This will provide licence to attack for the front quartet of Sadio Mane, Philippe Coutinho, Lallana and Sturridge.
The attacking midfield trio are all capable of creating something out of nothing, while Sturridge is a natural finisher, as he showed with his two late goals against Burton.
In other Liverpool team news, Divock Origi is a doubt for Premier League showdown on Saturday.