Graphic: Why Jurgen Klopp should select this Liverpool XI to face Tottenham

Jürgen Klopp thinking

Liverpool take on Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday in the day’s early kick-off.

Jurgen Klopp’s first game in charge of Liverpool sees him travel south to take on a Tottenham Hotspur side boasting the longest unbeaten run in the Premier League.

The German coach has been dealt a tough bow with the Reds, though his new side do have an excellent recent record against Spurs, having won all of their last five encounters.

There will be plenty of Liverpool players eager to start the clash at White Hart Lane, though some notable attacking absences through injury should see Klopp adopt a relatively conservative approach.

Back five:

Klopp’s way of playing at Borussia Dortmund saw his side play the ball out from the back at pace, using good movement in midfield to offer the defenders plenty of options on the ball.

Dejan Lovren is injured, though Klopp may have opted for Mamadou Sakho in the middle anyway as the Frenchman is undoubtedly the more comfortable in possession.

Expect Alberto Moreno to come back in to counter Spurs’ pace in wide areas, while Nathaniel Clyne will be tasked with getting forward and putting Spurs left-back Ben Davies on the back foot.

Midfield:

Klopp normally adopted a 4-2-3-1 formation at Dortmund, though he may struggle to do the same this weekend, owing to the injuries he has in key attacking positions.

Jordan Henderson and Roberto Firmino are ruled out, while Philippe Coutinho is suffering from a groin injury and is unlikely to recover in time to face the North Londoners.

To counter Spurs’ 4-2-3-1 formation, Klopp ought to urge his team to play quickly through the middle and spring forward at ‘full-throttle’, an approach he commonly used during his stint in the Bundesliga.

Lucas Leiva can play as the deep-lying midfielder, with James Milner and Emre Can providing plenty of energy and aggression out of possession a little further up the pitch.

Attacking trio:

Christian Benteke may be back from his injury absence, yet this is a fixture ideal for Daniel Sturridge through the middle, and the pace and inventiveness of Danny Ings and Adam Lallana in support.

Spurs boast the joint-best defensive record in the league, yet their back four can be vulnerable to pace and quick counter attacks, therefore the Reds will have to be sharp and press in numbers when possible.

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