Liverpool take on Tottenham Hotspur today at Anfield, but how will the Reds line up as Spurs travel north? The Anfield Talk’s Adam (@adam_LFC_96) looks at how the Reds could lineup this afternoon.
Karius – Loris Karius actually made a save in midweek and I celebrated it like a goal it’s that rare. Once again, his quick distribution was great and his decision making is far greater than Mignolet’s. Karius is likely to be called in to action today so I hope he can make a few more saves.
Gomez – Not really any debate about this position currently in my opinion. Trent is a huge talent but right now Gomez is much better defensively. Saying that, Nathaniel Clyne will walk back in to the team next month as his absence has shown how good he is. Gomez will up against the top class Heung Min Son and I expect him to have a busy game. Joe has shown time and time again he can defend against these higher quality wingers like Martial, Hazard, Sanchez.
Matip – I think if I was selecting the team I want to play I’d go for Dejan Lovren here however I heavily doubt Klopp will play him. Joel Matip was meant to be better with a quality partner according to a lot of Liverpool fans but actually I think he’s been a lot worse. There’s an argument to say him and Van Dijk need to form a partnership and I agree with that if Klopp wants it long term however I think Virgil needs a partner next season.
Van Dijk – Virgil has to come back in for this one. He’s our best centre half and he needs consistent game time. I don’t understand resting him as he needs to game time more than anything right now. Hopefully, he can have a good game vs the best striker in the world in my opinion.
Robertson – I can see your argument if you want Moreno to play here however I just can’t see it. I think that Andy has nailed down the left back spot and has made it his own. He’s another player who’s going to have a tough encounter vs the pacey Aurier and the skilful Eriksen.
Henderson- Before the West Brom game, I said he was our best ‘6’ by a mile and I think he’s shown that over the past 2 games. I think initially Henderson and Can struggled in the same team but now both of them help each other excel. There’s not really a fixed ‘6’ it’s whoever drops in at the time. This allows the skipper to drive forward and this is one of his key strengths.
Can – The sort of game Emre Can played on Tuesday was the game that made you desperately want him to stay. However, let’s not fool ourselves, the problem with Can has never been his ability. It’s all about inconsistency. Despite the German himself preferring to play in the ‘6’, I think he’s much better in the ‘8’. When he’s playing a little bit more forward, he can explode and really dominate the midfield.
Wijnaldum – This was the hardest decision by a mile. The form of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been consistently good over the past 3 months so to leave him out in this big game will be a blow for him. However, I think Wijnaldum is suited more for these games. The best we’ve seen of Gini Wijnaldum is in the big games at home. He’s going to bring a little bit more defensively than Alex and I think he can control the game. Last time we faced Spurs at Anfield I remember we doubled up on Moussa Dembele and that ultimately stopped him from dominating the game so I’d look to do that again.
Salah – What more can I actually say about Mo Salah? He’ll be looking to gain some ground on Kane in terms of the goalscoring charts. At Wembley, Spurs played Trippier at right back and Aurier left back just to stop Mo. In that game, Sadio Mane was unavailable so they didn’t have to worry about his pace. I could see Spurs opting to use Aurier at right back and Rose at left back.
Firmino – The two best strikers in the league go head to head in this game. I think there’s no doubting that Kane is better than Firmino by quite a long way however let’s hope Roberto comes out on top in this game. He needs to set the tempo from the first minute and implement an element of nervousness in the Spurs defence like we did last time at Anfield.
Mane – Sadio has been in poor form recently if you’re looking at his overall game however his numbers have been decent. 2 goals and 2 assists over 6 games is not bad for someone who is having their worst spell at Anfield. Despite his poor form, I’m backing Mane to remind everyone just how good he is later tonight at Anfield.