Tottenham’s Mousa Dembele serves the fifth game of a six game ban, goalkeeper Hugo Lloris remains sidelined with a hamstring injury but could return for round 4 fixture at Stoke-on-Trent.
Liverpool midfielder Emre Can is a doubt with an ankle injury, and Divock Origi will be given a late fitness test. Philippe Coutinho is doubtful with a stiff hamstring and likely won’t be risked.
Sadio Mane scared everyone with a shoulder injury last week but is fine and is available for this match.
Tottenham haven’t been spectacular in the first two rounds, and the offensive stars Kane, Alli and Eriksen had a false start. That goes for Kane in particular, who seems to need several competitive matches every season before starting to provide goals, and he wasn’t helped by Mauricio Pochettino as he was fielded as a number 10.
However, Tottenham are looking good and they just need to start firing in all cylinders. For this game, Pochettino is likely to revert to the old recipe with Kane as a forward.
Tottenham (4-2-3-1): Vorm – Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose – Wanyama, Dier – Lamela, Eriksen, Alli – Kane. Manager Mauricio Pochettino.
Jurgen Klopp’s tinkering with the offensive setup wasn’t very well received by Daniel Sturridge as he was told to play on the wing. Sturridge gave an extensive lecture through the media, explaining why he is best employed as a striker.
“Everyone knows where I enjoy playing the most. I’m a player who plays on instinct, and in the middle I have clarity on movements and things that I have been doing for years. I am on autopilot there. You just do things because you are used to doing it. But when you are out wide, you have got to worry about different things. It’s just a different way. The way you move, the way you play – it is all different. You can’t play the same as you do as a centre-forward.”, Sturridge said.
It’s safe to say Sturridge won’t be starting as a forward in this match as that would be admittance of a mistake by Klopp. Origi is a likely choice for the centre forward as Firmino drops back to midfield to fill the gap left by the ommission of Coutinho from the starting lineup due to precaution.
It remains to be seen whether Moreno will get another chance or did James Milner steal the left fullback role from the error-prone Spanish player.
Liverpool (4-3-3): Mignolet – Clyne, Lovren, Klavan, Moreno – Emre Can, Henderson – Lallana, Firmino, Mane – Origi. Manager Jurgen Klopp.
Tottenham are looking to sign Eliaquim Mangala from Manchester City despite already having a good defensive line. Spurs are almost certain to sign Wilfried Zaha, 23, from Crystal Palace, but the transfer fee hasn’t yet been negotiated. Spurs made a £12m bid which Palace chairman Steve Parish described as “ridiculous”.
Liverpool just offloaded Christian Benteke to Crystal Palace and are looking to find a club for Mario Balotelli. Other than that, it seems Jurgen Klopp is happy with the squad he has at his disposal.
See here all the betting odds for round three of the Premier League and click the links to visit the respective match page on OddsNavigator.com.
|FOOTBALL ENGLAND: PREMIER LEAGUE||1||X||2||SURE BET|
|27.08.||12:30||Tottenham – Liverpool FC||2.440||3.600||3.220||YES +0.18%|
|27.08.||15:00||Chelsea – Burnley||1.290||6.600||17.000||YES +1.47%|
|27.08.||15:00||Crystal Palace – AFC Bournemouth||2.420||3.400||3.400||no (-0.15%)|
|27.08.||15:00||Everton – Stoke City||1.760||3.900||5.600||no (-0.32%)|
|27.08.||15:00||Leicester City – Swansea||1.800||3.860||5.710||YES +1.04%|
|27.08.||15:00||Southampton – Sunderland||1.650||4.100||6.650||no (-0.03%)|
|27.08.||15:00||Watford – Arsenal FC||5.700||4.000||1.750||YES +0.31%|
|27.08.||17:30||Hull City – Manchester Utd||8.800||4.630||1.500||YES +0.37%|
|28.08.||13:30||WBA – Middlesbrough||2.680||3.250||3.250||YES +1.16%|
|28.08.||16:00||Manchester City – West Ham||1.310||6.500||12.000||no (-0.05%)|