John Aldridge explains why hosting Tottenham is the perfect game for Liverpool this weekend

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Liverpool will look to bounce back from their defeat to Southampton prior to the international break when they take on title chasing Tottenham.

Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge thinks their meeting with Tottenham at Anfield on Saturday evening is the perfect fixture to bounce back from the disappointing defeat to Southampton prior to the international break.

The Reds threw away a two-goal lead to lose 3-2 on the south coast and squandered some momentum as it looked as if they were going for a strong finish to the season. This weekend they face a Spurs side that are five points off the top of the table, and are the nearest challengers to Leicester City for the Premier League title.

Aldridge wrote in his Liverpool Echo column: "It will be a cracking game at Anfield on Saturday because we know they’ll come to play and won’t sit back. I expect it to be really open,

"Liverpool can do Leicester a massive favour in the battle for the league if we can beat them.

"There couldn’t be a better game to help us get over this break from the Premier League and of course that huge disappointment suffered at St Mary’s after the high of Old Trafford.

"Team wise I’ll be happy to see Dejan Lovren come back into defence alongside Mamadou Sakho after his half time substitution at St Mary’s."

Manager Jurgen Klopp will certainly be hoping for a reaction from his side, and will probably hope for his side to be 'angry' in the same vein they were following their League Cup final defeat to Manchester City, where they managed to bounce back with a 3-0 win over their opponents and progressing to the quarter-finals of the Europa League.

A lot of fingers were pointed at Martin Skrtel for his second half performance at St Mary's when he was introduced at 2-0 up, so it's of little surprise he would like to see a Sakho/Lovren partnership again.

It's the reverse fixture of the first game Jurgen Klopp took charge of the Reds, which resulted in a 0-0 draw at White Hart Lane in October, and for Spurs it will present them with an opportunity to put the pressure on Leicester before they play the following day.

The Reds will be hoping to revive hopes of a top four finish with a big win, while Spurs will see the clash as a big hurdle to overcome if they are to realise their title ambitions. 

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