LONDON, ENGLAND - Saturday, April 16, 2022: Liverpool's Luis Díaz (R) and Thiago Alcantara before the the FA Cup Semi-Final game between Manchester City FC and Liverpool FC at Wembley Stadium. Liverpool won 3-2. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

2 Liverpool lineups vs. Tottenham with Jurgen Klopp to go all out

Liverpool can benefit from a three-day break as they return to the Premier League against Tottenham, with Jurgen Klopp likely to go full strength.

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.

After booking a place in the Champions League final with a 3-2 comeback win at El Madrigal, Klopp’s side can go top of the Premier League with a victory over Spurs.

With Man City to host Newcastle on Sunday evening, Liverpool have an opportunity to put pressure on their title rivals once again.

So how could they line up at Anfield?


Team news

In his pre-match press conference on Friday, Klopp gave the following updates on his squad:


Liverpool’s XI vs. Tottenham

NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE, ENGLAND - Saturday, April 30, 2022: Liverpool's Luis Díaz during the FA Premier League match between Newcastle United FC and Liverpool FC at St James' Park. Liverpool won 1-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

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:

That would see Liverpool line up like this:

Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Henderson, Thiago; Salah, Diaz, Mane

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:

Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Henderson, Keita; Salah, Diaz, Jota

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.