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Predicted Liverpool XI vs. Tottenham: Match preview as Jurgen Klopp seeks to keep European hopes alive

Liverpool are yet to truly demonstrate that they have found their level under Jurgen Klopp, with glorious victories being followed by incomprehensible defeats.

The inconsistent Reds may have beaten Manchester City and Manchester United in the space of three fixtures, but they demonstrated their weak underbelly with a miserable 3-2 defeat at Southampton, where they raced into a two-goal lead before three goals in the final half an hour ensured the Saints took all three points.

The Merseyside heavyweights return to EPL action with a tough assignment on Saturday as second-placed Tottenham travel to Anfield.

While Klopp can hardly give up Premier League, with his side in ninth and still in the hunt for Europa League qualification, he will surely have one eye on Thursday’s UEL quarter-final bout against his former club Borussia Dortmund back in Germany.

Predicted Liverpool XI

Expect Klopp to opt for his first-choice backline of Simon Mignolet, Dejan Lovren, Mamadou Sakho, Jon Flanagan and Nathaniel Clyne.

With first-choice midfield three Jordan Henderson, Emre Can and James Milner all available, expect them to all start—charged with the task of shackling Dele Alli, Eric Dier and Mousa Dembele.

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Roberto Firmino is a doubt due to a hamstring complaint [as per The Guardian], meaning that Adam Lallana may start alongside Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge in Klopp’s attacking three.

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