Predicted Liverpool XI to play Tottenham Hotspur - Rodgers to start Balotelli?

Match to be played on Sunday 31st August 2014 at 13:30. Venue: White Hart Lane, London.

Liverpool will be determined to react this weekend against Tottenham Hotspur after they were well beaten at Manchester City earlier this week.

Brendan Rodgers’ side head to North London with Mario Balotelli among their ranks and the Italian is likely to make his debut for the club whether that’s from the start or off the bench.

We’ve attempted to name the side Rodgers could go with for the game.

GK – Simon Mignolet

The Belgian has improved a great deal since he first joined the club and he will keep his number one place.

RB – Javi Manquillo

With Glen Johnson and Jon Flanagan both suffering injury problems, Manquillo could be handed a start.

CB – Martin Skrtel

Skrtel should keep his place in the heart of the back four. He’ll do the basics of no nonsense defending to ease the pressure on his team.

CB – Dejan Lovren

Lovren should keep his place on the other side of central defence. Rodgers will be hoping for a slightly sharper performance.

LB – Alberto Moreno

Moreno picked up an ankle knock in the game against City but he should just about be okay for this game. He had an impressive debut so Rodgers will be keen to keep him in the team.

RM – Raheem Sterling

Sterling’s pace is going to be important on the counter attack for the Reds. He’s one of Liverpool’s players who can win this match in a second.

CM – Jordan Henderson

Henderson is one of the most versatile players that Liverpool have available. He’ll play a variety of roles across the middle of the team.

CM – Steven Gerrard

Gerrard has a big role to play in this game because his teammates will look to him if Tottenham get their noses in front.

CM – Philippe Coutinho

The Brazilian is likely to play furthest forward out of the midfielders, consolidating in the number ten spot when Liverpool are on top.

LM – Lazar Markovic

Markovic looked decent when he came on against Manchester City and he could start to give the midfield some balance and extra width.

ST – Daniel Sturridge

We don’t think Rodgers will start Balotelli, preferring to trust Sturridge up front. The Italian could be introduced with a change of formation if the Reds need to chase the game.

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