June 25, 2021

Liverpool line-up v Tottenham: £20m man to return and Sturridge to start?

first_imgLiverpool welcome Tottenham Hotspur to Anfield on Tuesday evening in a pivotal clash between two Champions League hopefuls.Just two places and four points separate the sides in the race for qualification to Europe’s premier competition and defeat for either could prove costly.Raheem Sterling and Philippe Coutinho face a battle to be fit, but summer signing Adam Lallana is in line for a recall after missing Saturday’s Merseyside derby.However, Brazilian midfielder Lucas Leiva, who has been a key figure for Brendan Rodgers in recent weeks, is facing a spell on the sidelines with a thigh problem.Will Rodgers hand star striker Daniel Sturridge a first start following his return from injury and will Lallana return to the starting XI? talkSPORT takes a look…Possible Liverpool line-up v Tottenham:GoalkeeperSimon Mignolet has looked much more comfortable in recent weeks, and he followed up his impressive displays against Chelsea, West Ham and Bolton with a clean sheet at Everton on Saturday.DefenceEmre Can, Martin Skrtel, and Mamadou Sakho have developed a strong partnership as part of Rodgers’ 3-4-3 system and will continue at the back.MidfieldJordan Ibe’s impressive performance in the Merseyside derby, in just his second Premier League start, should see the 19-year-old retain his place.Steven Gerrard played the full 90 minutes on the weekend, as well as the full game at Stamford Bridge in the Capital One Cup the previous Tuesday, and Rodgers may feel the need to rest his skipper.Lucas’ absence should pave the way for Joe Allen to come into the side and the pressure is on the Welshman to respond to his critics.AttackSterling and Lallana should operate on the right and left wing respectively, as long as they can prove their fitness.Given the importance of Coutinho, Rodgers may resist the temptation to risk the Brazilian.Sturridge has scored once in three substitutes appearances following five months on the sidelines, and the England international could make his first start in such a crucial game.Liverpool fans, how do you think you’ll line-up against Tottenham? Comment below… Liverpool welcome Tottenham Hotspur to Anfield on Tuesday evening in a pivotal clash between two Champions League hopefuls. 1last_img

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