The Reds face arguably their biggest test yet on Saturday evening, as they take on Ange Postecoglou’s unbeaten Spurs at their own ground.
So how could Liverpool line up in north London?
Klopp gave a welcome update on Friday, with one in and one out:
- Alexander-Arnold back training and “looks like he can be in the squad”
- But “little setback” for Stefan Bajcetic (calf) – “have to take him out”
- Thiago (hip) and Conor Bradley (back) both “still out”
Liverpool’s XI vs. Tottenham
The big question looming over Klopp in the buildup to Saturday’s game is whether to bring Alexander-Arnold straight back into the starting lineup after four games out.
Liverpool’s vice-captain missed three due to a hamstring injury and the League Cup clash with Leicester was deemed “too early” for him to make his comeback, but Klopp confirmed on Friday that he “can be in the squad.”
It is questionable whether he will one of a likely 10 changes to the side at the weekend, however, with the in-form Joe Gomez a safer bet at right-back.
Here’s how the Reds could shape up:
- Alisson behind a back four of Gomez, Ibrahima Konate, Virgil van Dijk and Andy Robertson
- Curtis Jones the only player retained, next to Alexis Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai
- First-choice attack of Mo Salah, Luis Diaz and Darwin Nunez restored
Those alterations from Wednesday would see this lineup:
Alisson; Gomez, Konate, Van Dijk, Robertson; Mac Allister, Szoboszlai, Jones; Salah, Diaz, Nunez
However, there remains a chance Klopp starts Alexander-Arnold after a full week of training, with other options elsewhere too.
With that in mind, Klopp could opt for the following:
- Alexander-Arnold back in while Matip partners Van Dijk
- Gravenberch in for first Premier League start alongside Mac Allister and Szoboszlai
- Cody Gakpo to lead the line, flanked by Salah and Diaz
If that is the case, this is how Liverpool would look:
Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Mac Allister, Szoboszlai, Gravenberch; Salah, Diaz, Gakpo
The fact it is an away game, against possibly the Reds’ toughest opponent yet, may make Klopp’s starting lineup more difficult to predict.
But Liverpool would still be expected to field their strongest possible side and go all out for a sixth win in seven to start the league campaign.