Match to be played on Sunday 15th December 2013 at 16:00. Venue: White Hart Lane, London.
Liverpool will be looking to close the gap on league leaders Arsenal this weekend, throwing down a marker of intent against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.
The big blow for Liverpool ahead of the game is the news that Steven Gerrard is out of action for four to six weeks with a hamstring problem but Brendan Rodgers has created a real unity and team spirit which should help the side cope in his absence.
Here is the side Rodgers could go with this weekend.
GK – Simon Mignolet
Mignolet has been a revelation for Liverpool since he joined the club last summer. He’s confident in all areas around his penalty and he makes big saves at important times which is all the team can hope for.
RB – Glen Johnson
Some feel that Johnson should be in the England side ahead of Tottenham’s Kyle Walker. Defensively he’s as good as any other right-back in the division and he gets forward well to create extra width on the right.
CB – Martin Skrtel
Skrtel has been arguably the best centre back at the club this season. He’s a very strong defender which allows him to get the edge on several opponents, helping Liverpool to retain their defensive shape.
CB – Kolo Toure
Toure didn’t feature against West Ham United but he could come back into the defence for this game. Brendan Rodgers is likely to want a little extra experience in his back four.
LB – Mamadou Sakho
Unfortunately that means pushing Sakho to the left of the defence, which is dangerous because he’ll be up against Andros Townsend. However, Sakho has proven to be effective in multiple defensive roles this season.
RM – Raheem Sterling
It’s important for Liverpool to have a lot of pace in their side because Tottenham are a team that like to play a high defensive line. Sterling is well suited to tearing Spurs apart on the counter attack.
DM – Lucas
Lucas will probably come back into the side for Gerrard, playing in a withdrawn role. His job will be to pick off the play, ensuring that Tottenham’s creative midfielders don’t get a lot of time on the ball.
CM – Jordan Henderson
Henderson has played all over the Liverpool midfield already this season. He’s comfortable in wide areas and also controlling the play centrally. Rodgers will more than likely ask him to control the tempo in the middle.
AM – Philippe Coutinho
Coutinho is a superb player in behind the main striker. He’ll be under a lot of pressure to get forward frequently and help out Luis Suarez who will play as the sole striker with Daniel Sturridge injured.
LM – Victor Moses
Moses stands a great chance of playing on the left for two reasons; he’s good in wide areas and he’s also experienced at playing in behind a main striker. He can play a similar role to Sturridge but expect to see him in more of a midfield role.
ST – Luis Suarez
Arguably the best striker in Europe at the moment. He’ll be full of confidence as he sits on a world class record of 15 goals in ten games so far this season, a tally he will want to add to.