Liverpool welcome Tottenham Hotspur to Anfield in the EFL Cup on Tuesday night in arguably the pick of the fourth round ties.
The Reds entered the competition at the second round stage – by virtue of failing to qualify for European competition this season – and eased past Burton Albion 5-0 before easily brushing aside Derby County 4-0 last month.
Jurgen Klopp’s side will go into the game on the back of a 2-1 win over West Brom in the Premier League at the weekend but will face an even sterner test against a Spurs outfit that is yet to lose a game domestically this season.
With no other distractions, the EFL Cup represents a decent chance for the Merseyside outfit to claim a piece of silverware and it’s the competition in which they reached the final in last term.
Simon Mignolet is set to replace Loris Karius in between the sticks, but what other changes will Klopp make for the visit of the north London side?
Check out Liverpool’s possible starting XI against Tottenham below:
Goalkeeper: Simon Mignolet
Jurgen Klopp has already confirmed that the Belgian will start in between the sticks and that gives Mignolet the chance to put pressure on Loris Karius, who hasn’t been convincing as of yet.
Right-back: Nathaniel Clyne
It’s rare to see the England international miss a game for Liverpool and expect that to continue against Spurs.
Key stat: Has created more chances than any other defender in the Premier League this season (14).
Centre-back: Joel Matip
The 25-year-old has looked assured since coming into the side in the second round clash against Burton Albion and should be capable of dealing with the physical presence of Vincent Janssen.
Key stat: Has made the most clearances of any Liverpool player in the Premier League this season (43)
Centre-back: Dejan Lovren
Despite only keeping one clean sheet when starting together in the Premier League this season, Lovren’s partnership with Matip is showing signs of developing to a strong one and should be given another chance to develop an understanding.
Key stat: Has won 68% of aerial duels in the Premier League this season.
Left-back: James Milner
Milner has made this spot his own with a series of battling performances and should get the nod ahead of Alberto Moreno.
Key stat: Is one of three Liverpool players on four Premier League goals this season.
Defensive-midfield: Emre Can
The German has come into the team as of late given injuries to Lallana and Wijnadlum.
Jurgen Klopp might be reluctant to start both given their recent injury problems and that could prove beneficial for Can.
Key stat: Has an average pass accuracy of 81% in the Premier League this season.
Central midfield: Georginio Wijnadlum
His absence against Manchester United through injury was telling and he returned to action as a second half substitute at the weekend.
With Jordan Henderson is suspended, Wjnadlum could replace the England man and play in his favoured no.10 role.
Key Stat: He has scored no goals this season, creating 13 chances and two assists. The Dutchman has completed 328 passes this season with a pass accuracy of 86%, of which 66% were forward passes.
Central midfield: Adam Lallana
The England internationall fully recovered from injury and expected to start here.
Key stat: Lallana, in nine Premier League appearances, has scored three goals this season, creating nine chances and three assists.
The 28-year-old has completed 335 passes this season with a pass accuracy of 87%, of which 66% were forward passes.
Right-wing: Sadio Mane
After a quiet showing against United, Mane was back to his best in the 2-1 win over the Baggies as he scored once and registered an assist.
The pacy winger was a constant threat against Spurs when the two sides met earlier in the season and will be key to the Reds’ hopes of progression.
Key stat: Has been involved in six of Liverpool’s 20 Premier League goals this season.
Left-wing: Philippe Coutinho
Coutinho scored the goal which ultimately turned out to be the winner against West Brom and will be central to Liverpool’s hopes of overcoming Spurs.
Key stat: Has attempted 37 shots in the Premier League this season – more than any other Liverpool player.
Striker: Roberto Firmino
If Liverpool’s last two games have proved anything, it’s that Firmino not Daniel Sturridge is the best option to play through the middle.
The Brazilian created the most chances against West Brom and it was his cross that led to Mane’s cross.
Key stat: Has created more chances than any other forward in the Premier League this season (25).