Liverpool vs. Tottenham
Premier League (35) | Anfield
Saturday, May 7, 2022 | 7.45pm
It seems ridiculous, but a full three days between the trip to Villarreal and the visit of Tottenham can be considered a boost for the Reds.
So how could they line up at Anfield?
In his pre-match press conference on Friday, Klopp gave the following updates on his squad:
- Roberto Firmino is back but may not be involved vs. Tottenham
- No new injuries – fully fit squad available
Liverpool’s XI vs. Tottenham
In his pre-match press conference, Klopp reflected on the three-day break between fixtures, joking that it “feels like a holiday.”
With no fitness issues to consider, and a trip to midtable Aston Villa to come on Tuesday night, that would suggest that a full-strength Liverpool side lines up at the weekend.
If that is the case, the following could be expected:
- Joel Matip to replace Ibrahima Konate in defence
- Jordan Henderson to join Fabinho and Thiago
- Luis Diaz takes over from Diogo Jota; Sadio Mane up front
That would see Liverpool line up like this:
There is a chance Klopp still makes minor alterations to keep key players fresh for the next three weeks, with Thiago chief among those who could be protected.
Meanwhile, with Sadio Mane starting each of the last six games and playing 90 minutes in midweek, there is a chance he is shuffled out, too:
- First-choice back four almost certain to start
- Naby Keita could keep his place with Thiago rested
- Diaz to replace Mane instead if Jota stays up front
With those tweaks, the Reds could shape up as below:
Despite having the advantage of playing at Anfield, Saturday’s clash is likely to be one of the toughest games Liverpool face between now and the end of the season.
Fortunately, the Reds remain in an ideal position in terms of the strength of Klopp’s squad, and whoever lines up against Tottenham should be capable of getting the job done.