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Confirmed Liverpool lineup vs. Tottenham: Wijnaldum returns to Klopp’s midfield

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Georginio Wijnaldum has been named in Jurgen Klopp‘s starting lineup for Liverpool’s Premier League clash with Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.

The Reds take on their top-four rivals at Anfield, hoping to arrest the miserable form they’ve shown since the turn of the year.

Having lost of their first 10 games in 2017, Liverpool need to turn things around quickly if they are to secure Champions League football for next season, and victory over Spurs is crucial.

Preparing his side to take on Mauricio Pochettino’s strong north London outfit, Klopp made just one change to his previous lineup away to Hull City.

Despite claims that Loris Karius, who has not featured in the league since the 2-2 draw with West Ham on December 11, would start, Simon Mignolet keeps his place between the sticks.

Ahead of Mignolet, Nathaniel Clyne has now fully recovered from an abdominal injury, and is joined by Joel Matip, Lucas Leiva and James Milner in defence.

Jordan Henderson continues in his place in the No. 6 role.

The Reds captain is flanked by Wijnaldum and Adam Lallana, as Klopp sticks with his 4-3-3 formation.

In attack, Sadio Mane, Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino will be hoping to rekindle their strong understanding from the first half of the season.

Spurs are unbeaten in their last 11 games in all competitions, winning nine of those, and present a big challenge for Liverpool at Anfield.

But Klopp will be desperate to ensure his side respond to last weekend’s loss away to Hull with a victory, and re-establish themselves as a contender at the top end of the table.

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Liverpool: Mignolet; Clyne, Matip, Lucas, Milner; Henderson, Lallana, Wijnaldum; Mane, Coutinho, Firmino

Substitutes: Karius, Klavan, Moreno, Alexander-Arnold, Can, Sturridge, Origi

Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris; Walker, Alderweireld, Dier, Davies; Dembele, Wanyama; Eriksen, Alli, Son; Kane

Substitutes: Vorm, Trippier, Wimmer, Winks, Sissoko, Nkoudou, Janssen

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