Following Liverpool’s defeat at the Etihad Stadium and Tottenham‘s two wins to start the season, you would expect both of these sides to try to impose themselves on the opposition from midfield early on.
Having attacking options aplenty will be most beneficial to Rodgers as the Reds look to end August on a high note.
The Northern Irishman confirmed in his pre-match press conference at Melwood on Friday afternoon, “Adam Lallana is in this weekend’s squad. He’s looked good in training this week but is obviously short of match fitness.”
New signing Alberto Moreno suffered an ankle injury on his debut earlier in the week, but Rodgers hopes to have him fit to face Spurs, telling the media, “Moreno has been recovering well this week. [Glen] Johnson’s thigh problem could be hard for him to play. [Martin] Skrtel, we’ll see over the next 48 hours.
“Jon Flanagan’s been unfortunate with a number of injuries, it’s not been great. I want him to be an important member of our squad.
“We hope Jon will be back soon and he deserves a new deal.”
Last season Liverpool bounced to two big wins over the Spurs with a combined score of 9-0, but Rodgers has ruled out being complacent.
“Even the 5-0 win at Spurs last season we had to work for,” he added. “Our organisation was at a high level, we expect a hard game this Sunday.”