A 5-0 win against Burton to warm up our clash at White Hart Lane against a young and energetic Spurs. Are things really getting better?
Well, it depends on how you see it.
Emre Can seems certain to miss the match with an ankle injury, with Origi and Coutinho doubtful as well.
Which, again, leaves us short of quality in midfield.
I do hope that Grujic is selected to start, since he’s nowhere to be seen for the matchday squad against Burton. And same with Kevin Stewart as well. The young lad, a natural defensive midfielder, should be perfect as the anchorman, to free Henderson to roam box-to-box.
Lucas might be also available, however I believe that he would be fit enough for the bench, and certainly a good option to call up in the dying minutes to preserve a lead (hopefully).
My guess is Sturridge getting the nod to start up front centrally despite the fact that he voiced out his opinion on being played on the right wing, and we all know Kloop right? Mane is certain to start as well (who can leave him out of the starting eleven?), leaving the left flank to either Lallana, Firmino or WIjnaldum.
Reason why I don’t put Wijnaldum, starting in the deeper midfield slot I have explained in my previous article, he’s no tactical positioning and awareness (especially defensively).
Likelyhood Kloop will start with Firmino on the left, and Lallana might just start deeper as a No.10/No.8 role in midfield in place or Grujic?
Defence wise, apart from left-back, it picks itself, although I feel Klavan’s experience will be vital against Spurs, Matip is still very young and raw, but his ability to contribute at set-pieces at both ends might put him ahead to start alongside Lovren.
Who to start at left-back, Milner or Moreno? I shall not be drawn into the discussion. Either way it will be too much to talk about.