Mauricio Pochettino

Liverpool vs Tottenham: Mauricio Pochettino's Best Available Spurs Lineup

Tottenham travel to Anfield this Sunday to face Liverpool as they look to secure a Premier League top four finish.


Mauricio Pochettino's side have endured a testing period recently, failing to win any of their last four domestic fixtures. In that time they have collected just a single point, the team drawing somewhat fortuitously with rivals Arsenal thanks to a stoppage-time Hugo Lloris penalty save.


Their hosts have fared much better, recording victories in four of their previous five matches in all competitions. They progressed to the Champions League quarter-finals this month after defeating Bayern Munich 3-1 at the Allianz Arena and will be joined in the last-eight by Spurs, who comfortably saw off Borussia Dortmund 4-0 on aggregate.


Here's the team Pochettino could field for this one.

3. Goalkeeper & Defenders

Hugo Lloris (GK) - After World Cup glory in the summer, Lloris suffered a rude awakening with his arrest for drink driving in August. Since being restored to the Tottenham side he has been inconsistent, veering from spectacular saves to vexing mistakes and back.


Kieran Trippier (RB) - Another who had a stellar tournament in Russia, the full-back's form has been equally unpredictable. Unfortunately for Pochettino, Trippier has looked shot of confidence in recent weeks, coinciding with the team's all-round slump.


Toby Alderweireld (CB) - Having been on the brink of a move to Manchester United before the season started, the Belgian ended up staying at Wembley and has proved his worth. He looks composed on the ball and has an ability to read the play, qualities that make him one of the Premier League's foremost defenders.


Jan Vertonghen (CB) - Vertonghen has all the characteristics of his central-defensive partner, with the bonus of being an inspirational leader. He keeps his backline in check, marshalling them well and maintaining their focus.


Ben Davies (LB) - Pochettino has two exceptional options at left-back, but appears to have chosen Davies as his first choice. Like Danny Rose, the 25-year-old offers plenty in attack, with his positional sense and tackling capabilities seemingly giving him the edge over his England counterpart.

2. Midfielders

Moussa Sissoko (CM) - The Frenchman was initially out of favour following his arrival from Newcastle United in 2016. However, he began to establish himself in the side last year and has now developed into a dominant, influential force in the Tottenham midfield.


Victor Wanyama (CM) - Wanyama's season has been curtailed by injury, the Kenyan making just eight league appearances in 2018/19. Nevertheless, he is a superb player when fit, offering tireless energy and tough tackling.


Christian Eriksen (AM) - The playmaker in Pochettino's team, he will be pivotal in unlocking a tight Liverpool defence. Eriksen's incisive passing and unerring accuracy from dead-ball situations represent two of Spurs' best avenues of attack.


Dele Alli (AM) - The two-time PFA Young Player of the Year has struggled for full match fitness this term, yet has still racked up a respectable seven goals and four assists in his 28 appearances in domestic competition.

1. Forwards

Son Heung-min (CF) - In the absence of Harry Kane the former Bayer Leverkusen forward stepped up for his side. His standing amongst supporters has risen considerably in recent months, the South Korean currently sitting on 16 goals this campaign.


Harry Kane (ST) - Kane requires no introduction. His phenomenal goal-scoring exploits are well-documented, though he has an impressive ability to bring others into play that is rather understated. He will need to be at his best against the imperious Virgil van Dijk on Sunday.