clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Firmino and Benteke likely out for Tottenham Hotspur match

New, comments

Spurs welcome back Toby Alderweireld to face a dinged-up (and hopefully rotated) Liverpool side.

Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool - Premier League Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images

Team news is out for Saturday's match between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur, and visiting Spurs look to be in fine shape coming out of the international break. The club announced today that there are no new injuries to report, with Toby Alderweireld set to return to the starting lineup despite dealing with a bout of the stomach flu while on duty with Belgium.

Having Toby back in defense for reals is excellent, excellent news, and it's also good to hear that Jan Vertonghen is almost ready to make a return. Having Jan back isn't absolutely critical, considering the high level of Kevin Wimmer's play lately, but having a true defensive rotation again will be nice.

Liverpool, by contrast, appears to be in a state of a little more turmoil. The Liverpool Echo is reporting today that Roberto Firmino and Christian Benteke are both major doubts for the Tottenham match. The same article says Divock Origi trained on Thursday, but it's unclear if he'll be match fit for this weekend, which all but ensures that Daniel Sturridge will be starting up top for the Reds on Saturday. Alberto Moreno and Lucas Leiva are also still out with injuries.

The question about how much, or even if, Klopp will rotate to prioritize their upcoming match at Dortmund next Thursday makes it difficult to predict what kind of lineup we'll see from Liverpool this weekend. Carty Free's own Rob Brown suggests we'll see a decently strong lineup, but Klopp himself hinted that he's looking ahead to the Europa League, the Reds' only remaining chance for silverware.

Either way, Spurs are going to need to put in their best effort to knock off the Reds at home: while Tottenham have the league's second best away record, Liverpool have lost only once in their last seven league matches at Anfield.