Liverpool lineup vs. Tottenham – 4 more changes with Virgil van Dijk out?

Jurgen Klopp is likely to make more changes when Liverpool host Tottenham in their 36th game of the Premier League season, with Virgil van Dijk set to miss out.

With only three games left to play and their title hopes all but over, Klopp is hoping to see his side play without pressure.

It starts with the visit of Spurs on Sunday, which comes after failing to win three of their last four fixtures in the Premier League with losses to Crystal Palace and Everton and last weekend’s 2-2 draw at West Ham.

“That would be really cool if we could play really, really good football again,” he said on Friday. “That would be absolutely nice because obviously we were very tense in the last few weeks.”

So how could Liverpool line up against Tottenham at Anfield?


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Following Klopp’s brilliant pre-match press conference, we know the following:


Liverpool’s XI vs. Tottenham

LONDON, ENGLAND - Saturday, September 30, 2023: Liverpool's Mohamed Salah during the FA Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur FC and Liverpool FC at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool were far from their best last time out at West Ham, which ended a busy run of fixtures that saw Klopp rotate his squad throughout.

That rotation is likely to end with only three more games to play in the space of two weeks, and it could see the manager revert to his strongest side on paper.

However, the possible absence of Van Dijk does still present a conundrum. We could see:

Those changes would leave this lineup:

Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Quansah, Robertson; Mac Allister, Szoboszlai, Jones; Salah, Diaz, Nunez

However, given Liverpool’s shaky form and the question marks over whether or not Van Dijk will miss out, the lineup is certainly not set in stone.

It is certainly doubtful whether the likes of Konate, Jones and Nunez are deserving of their places, which could see tough decisions made:

This would see the following Liverpool XI:

Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Quansah, Van Dijk, Robertson; Mac Allister, Szoboszlai, Gravenberch; Salah, Diaz, Gakpo

Klopp’s belief in the squad and the notion of ‘form is temporary, class is permanent’ does suggest that we are more likely to see as close to Liverpool’s first-choice XI as possible on Sunday.

But there is still a chance of surprises when the teamsheet is released, with Gravenberch and Gakpo certainly ones to look out for.