Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is set to make a late decision on the fitness of Joel Matip when Spurs visit Anfield tonight. The Reds can leapfrog their title rivals to top spot with a win in a game that could prove crucial come May.
Liverpool will have to dust themselves down and quickly forget about Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Fulham following a lacklustre performance against the Cottagers.
Thankfully, league leaders Tottenham were also held by Crystal Palace a few hours earlier as Roy Hodgson’s spirited Eagles fought back to earn a share of the points at Selhurst Park.
This season the title race has been blown wide open due to Liverpool’s injury crisis, most notably the absence of Virgil van Dijk.
Spurs boss Jose Mourinho will be plotting another Anfield masterclass after derailing Liverpool’s title bid in 2013/14 while in charge of Chelsea.
“I don’t know yet. Only two days ago we played, he left the pitch with back spasms,” said Klopp yesterday.
“The physios worked pretty much 24 hours on him, so we will see. Today we have another session, then we will see.”
Nat Phillips is expected to start in his place should Matip not make the cut.
Liverpool are expected to name an unchanged XI to the one that drew in west London after Klopp confirmed Diogo Jota will miss up to eight weeks of action.
On a positive note, the Reds may be able to welcome back Naby Keita, who has resumed light training.
“Naby maybe,” Klopp said when asked if any of his players could return for this fixture.
“Naby was yesterday involved in the extended warming up, I would say. There is another session today and we will have to see how he reacts and then we will have to make a decision about that.
“With the others, no. No-one else.”
Liverpool expected XI vs Tottenham (4-3-3): Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Matip, Robertson; Wijnaldum, Henderson, Jones; Salah, Mane, Firmino.