Liverpool welcome Tottenham to Merseyside on Sunday in what could be most important league game at Anfield in years.
The Premier League returns after the international break, and Liverpool are back in the thick of it with a tough home tie against Spurs.
With Manchester City facing Fulham early on Saturday, Liverpool will likely head into Sunday’s clash in second place as the pressure begins to tell in the title race.
A win for Jurgen Klopp’s side against arguably their toughest remaining League opponents could be the result which sparks a famous season for Liverpool, but a defeat will leave Man City in the driving seat for the run-in.
As for Spurs, Mauricio Pochettino’s men have been dragged into the fight for a top-four finish after a poor run, and need a result to stay on track for Champions League qualification.
Liverpool vs Tottenham team news and predicted line-ups
Joe Gomez is back in Liverpool training after nearly four months out with a broken leg.
However, Klopp is unsure whether Trent Alexander-Arnold will be ready as he continues his rehabilitation from a “strange” back injury.
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Xherdan Shaqiri is set to return from a groin issue, though Sunday’s game comes too soon for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
As for Tottenham, Harry Winks and Eric Dier are struggling to be fit. The pair will be assessed over the next few days, with Victor Wanyama on standby to start.
Dier sustained a muscle injury during England’s win over the Czech Republic on Friday. Winks was left out of Gareth Southgate’s squad with a groin problem.
Pochettino will also have difficult calls to make over Davinson Sanchez and Heung-min Son after gruelling travel schedules for the pair during the international break.
Liverpool XI: Alisson, Milner, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Fabinho, Lallana, Salah, Firmino, Mane
Tottenham XI: Lloris, Trippier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Rose, Wanyama, Sissoko, Dele Alli, Eriksen, Son, Kane
Score prediction: Liverpool 1-1 Tottenham
With so much at stake for both sides, expect a nervy game where one mistake could decide things.
Liverpool have not been at their best in 2019, and Spurs have hit a rocky patch. A draw is most likely, but don’t bet against either Mohamed Salah or Harry Kane having the final say as the game opens up in the second half.
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