Liverpool training set to start against Tottenham
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool travel to north London on Thursday night to face Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League.
When these two teams last faced each other, in mid-December, it was a high-level clash between the first and second. This time, however, Liverpool are in fifth place and Spurs in sixth. The hosts, however, are undefeated in eight in all competitions – six have been wins. Mourinho’s side missed 4-1 winners at Wycombe last time around, although they found themselves momentarily to a setback in the first half.
Meanwhile, for Liverpool recent form has not been so rosy. Klopp’s men find themselves in the middle of a very sticky area. They are winless in their last five league games, failing to score in the last four – most recently they lost their undefeated 68-game home streak in the Premier League with a shocking 1 loss. -0 at the hands of Burnley.
However, there were signs of improvement on their last outing as Mohamed Salah finally regained his touch of goal. The Egyptian scored twice against Manchester United, although his side ultimately lost 3-2 to leave the FA Cup.
So here’s the roster set to start for Liverpool on Thursday.
Alisson (GK) – It was the Brazilian’s toughest fate as Liverpool’s number one without a doubt, but he remains number one between the sticks.
Trent Alexander-Arnold (RB) – Only two Premier League assists all season long, and none since mid-December, but the full-back is still Klopp’s first choice and will therefore start on Thursday night.
Joël Matip (CB) – Has not played against Manchester United, but the center-back will likely come back to the side for Rhys Williams and provide valuable experience.
Fabinho (CB) – He’s always been around at the back in the absence of Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez and has always performed well, averaging 3.6 ball recoveries per game in the league this season – a sure starter.
Andy Robertson (LB) – The Scotsman, like his compatriot full-back, has struggled in recent times but will look to come back among the assists on Thursday, having failed to win one since the 7-0 rout at Crystal Palace.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (CM) – Jordan Henderson is a major doubt for the game, so Oxlade-Chamberlain will likely start in midfield for the Reds. He’s hoping to have a much bigger impact from the center of the field than from the right wing, where he played against Burnley.
Thiago (CM) – The Spaniard is likely to start again in the middle of the three, in the deepest role. Has yet to land an assist on a Liverpool shirt, but against Tottenham his defensive duties may be the priority.
Georginio Wijnaldum (CM) – The Dutchman has started the last five games for Liverpool and is expected to play in midfield again.
Mohamed Salah (RW) – Eventually he got back into the scoring rhythm against United, but hopes to transfer that to the league on Thursday and win his 14th of the campaign.
Roberto Firmino (ST) – It looked a lot more alive in this FA Cup game, turning the attack around. He will be looking to build on the two assists he won last time around.
Sadio Mane (LW) – Started on the bench for the United game but will feature early on Thursday and, with Firmino creative again, is hoping to score his first goal in more than a month.