By London correspondent Tony Hughes

Tony Alderweireld starts for Tottenham in Saturday’s Premier League clash against Liverpool after recovering from the illness that forced him out of the Belgium squad in midweek.

The key centre-back missed his country’s 2-1 defeat to Portugal on Tuesday after suffering gastroenteritis during the international break.

Alderweireld has not only had an outstanding debut season at White Hart Lane but has also played every minute of every game of Spurs’ 31-match league campaign.

Jan Vertonghen posted on Twitter on Thursday night that he was “getting closer” to a return from knee ligament damage but the Belgian has been overlooked in the 18-man matchday squad as Kevin Wimmer keeps his place in the heart of the defence.

Mauricio Pochettino has made one change from the side that beat Bournemouth 3-0 before the international break with Heung-Min Son replacing Erik Lamela in the starting X1.

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The Argentine winger is not in the matchday squad, as youngster Josh Onomah joins the likes of Nacer Chadli and Tom Carroll on the bench.

Crucially, Pochettino has been able to stick with the silk and steel combination of Dier and Mousa Dembele in central midfield that has been so key to the team’s rise to second in the Premier League.