Tottenham Hotspur will host champions Liverpool on Thursday in north London as they look to pile up misery for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Spurs entered the FA Cup fifth round with a victory over Wycombe Wanderers, while Liverpool crashed after an entertaining tie with rivals Manchester United.
With the Reds failing to win six of their last seven in all competitions and not having scored in any of their last four Premier League games, Jose Mourinho will want his Tottenham side to attack the injured champions and get all three points under their belts. .
With four wins in his last five games, Mourinho has some decisions to make with some of his fringe players in good shape. Here’s a look at the line-up that should start to give Tottenham the best chance of winning the game.
Hugo Lloris (GK) – The undisputed first-choice goalie has rested in the cup and will be back on the sidelines for this one.
Serge Aurier (RB) – Aurier’s performance has improved considerably since Matt Doherty’s arrival this summer and he will keep his place in the squad here.
Toby Alderweireld (CB) – Set to return to the side for this game after being substituted by Joe Rodon for the Sheffield United victory.
Eric Dier (CB) – Seems to be Mourinho’s first choice center-back and his performances in recent weeks have shown why. The midfielder’s experience makes him comfortable on the ball and will come in handy against Liverpool’s high press.
Sergio Reguilon (LB) – One of the best left-backs in the league this season, his fantastic performance and pace makes him more than useful on both ends of the pitch.
Harry Winks (CM) – The young Englishman has performed well at Wycombe and has started two of the last three games. Mourinho checked him out after the FA Cup and that should see him get another start.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (CM) – Spurs’ best midfielder this season, his tackling, playing reading and passing range have been some of the best in the division this year. Must start.
Tanguy Ndombele (CAM) – After a scorching start to life in north London, Ndombele is one of the first names on the squad sheet these days and has scored three goals in his last two appearances. Will be a threat against a failing Liverpool team.
Moussa Sissoko (RW) – It’s still a Jose Mourinho team, so let’s not go crazy. Sissoko has been a key figure for Spurs this season and his away role would provide additional energy and defensive support.
Harry Kane (ST) – The best forward in the league, perhaps the world, Kane starts for all the teams he plays for.
Heung-min Son (LW) – Perhaps the fittest winger in Europe right now, Son’s partnership with Kane this season has produced so many goals it’s impossible to let go.