Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool vs Tottenham: Jurgen Klopp's Best Available Reds Lineup

Liverpool welcome Tottenham to Anfield on Sunday in a crucial match in the Premier League title race.

The Reds reclaimed first place in the table last time out, seeing off Fulham courtesy of a late James Milner penalty. However, rivals Manchester City have a game in hand and will leapfrog Jürgen Klopp's side if they win it.

Their opponents have faltered in domestic competition recently, dropping 11 points in their last four league fixtures. Despite this, they will be buoyed by their progression to the Champions League quarter-finals. The hosts have also reached that stage, stunning Bayern Munich 3-1 in Germany to keep alive their hopes of a sensational double.

Here's the lineup Klopp could go with for the clash.

3. Goalkeeper & Defenders

Alisson (GK) - The Brazilian has been solid in goal since arriving at Anfield for a then world-record fee last summer, though there have been one or two hairy moments.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (RB) - The 20-year-old pulled out of England's European Championship qualifiers in the week with a back problem, but should be available to face Spurs. His tantalising deliveries from out wide and set-pieces have been a prominent feature of Liverpool's attacking play this season.

Virgil van Dijk (CB) - A mistake during the 2-1 victory at Craven Cottage in their last fixture proved that van Dijk was human, after all. Nevertheless, the Dutchman is an imposing, imperious figure in the heart of Klopp's defence. However, he will need to be wary of the deadly threat posed by Harry Kane.

Joel Matip (CB) - Matip has performed admirably alongside van Dijk, the latter evidently keeping his centre-back partner well-organised and focused. However, he is undoubtedly the weak link in this Reds backline.

Andy Robertson (LB) - Another who missed international duty due to injury, Scotland's captain has been exceptional for his club this year. Robertson is the complete full-back, showcasing defensive diligence, unerring crossing ability and a strong positional sense.

2. Midfielders

Jordan Henderson (CDM) - Henderson anchors the Liverpool midfield to good effect, stemming the flow of opposition attacks and retrieving possession. Despite this, it was his understated passing skills that were on show for the Three Lions as he linked play wonderfully.

Georginio Wijnaldum (RCM) - The former Newcastle United man has grown into one of the Premier League's most rounded midfielders since switching to Anfield in 2016. Wijnaldum's ball-control, deft dribbling and intelligence make him a delight to watch. 

James Milner (LCM) - The elder statesman of Klopp's team, Milner has the experience and wherewithal to lead Liverpool through tough patches as they seek a maiden Premier League trophy, his winner against Fulham demonstrating as much.

1. Forwards

Mo Salah (RW) - The Egyptian is enjoying another prolific season in front of goal having notched 20 goals in all competitions. However, he has looked somewhat wayward at times, notably against Everton when he missed several enticing opportunities.

Sadio Mane (LW) - Seven goals in his last five appearances for Liverpool demonstrates Mane's importance to the club. He has more than just goals in his locker, though, with his  pace and insightful running lines likely to keep Spurs' defence on constant alert.

Roberto Firmino (ST) - Firmino has not quite been able to replicate his exceptional form from 2017/18. Nevertheless, his is a vital component in this fluid attacking trio.