LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Friday, January 5, 2018: Liverpool's new signing Virgil van Dijk, who joined from Southampton for £75m, a world record for a defender, during the FA Cup 3rd Round match between Liverpool FC and Everton FC, the 230th Merseyside Derby, at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Confirmed Liverpool lineup vs. Tottenham: Lovren partners returning Van Dijk

Virgil van Dijk returns as Jurgen Klopp makes two changes to his Liverpool lineup for Sunday’s Premier League clash at home to Tottenham.

The Reds head out at Anfield looking to extend the gap between them and their top-four rivals with victory over Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs.

With Man United and Arsenal both responding to midweek defeats with convincing wins on Sunday, the pressure to keep up the pace is mounting on Merseyside.

As he bids to seal another momentum-boosting win over one of Liverpool’s main adversaries, Klopp has named a strong starting lineup.

Loris Karius is retained in goal, behind a back four of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Dejan Lovren and Andrew Robertson.

Ragnar Klavan (thigh) remains absent through injury, leaving Lovren and Joel Matip to battle it out as Van Dijk’s centre-back partner, while Joe Gomez is also sidelined.

In midfield, Jordan Henderson is joined by Emre Can and James Milner, with Klopp sticking with the same midfield from Tuesday night’s win at Huddersfield.

And up front, Roberto Firmino is again flanked by Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, as the Brazilian sets his sights on his first 20-goal season since 2013/14.

Joining Matip on the substitutes’ bench are Simon Mignolet, Alberto Moreno, Georginio Wijnaldum, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Dominic Solanke and Danny Ings, giving Klopp useful options to consider as the game goes on.

Liverpool: Karius; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Can, Milner; Salah, Mane, Firmino

Substitutes: Mignolet, Matip, Moreno, Wijnaldum, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Solanke, Ings

Tottenham: Lloris; Tripper, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies; Dier, Dembele; Son, Alli, Eriksen; Kane

Substitutes: Vorm, Aurier, Wanyama, Winks, Sissoko, Lamela, Llorente

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