Phil Thompson predicts Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool XI to face Tottenham

Liverpool legend Phil Thompson discusses who Reds manager Jurgen Klopp could pick against Tottenham Hotspur

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Phil Thompson believes new Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp could favour Emre Can over Lucas Leiva in his best starting XI.

The 48-year-old will pick his first Liverpool side of his reign after he signed a three-year deal to replace Brendan Rodgers at the Merseyside outfit earlier this month.

hen Benteke’s fit he’ll benefit from having Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge working off him and Jurgen will be asking for a lot more work from his sideite>Phil Thompson

Klopp will have to contend with a lengthy injury list which includes Danny Ings, Joe Gomez, Christian Benteke, Roberto Firmino and Joe Allen.

However, former Liverpool skipper Thompson believes Henderson’s return from injury could see Klopp drop Lucas to the bench in favour of his compatriot Can in a defensive-midfield role against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.

“In midfield I think we’ll see Lucas in that holding role with Emre Can to his left and James Milner to his right, with Jordan Henderson coming back in for Can when he’s fit,” Thompson told Sky Sports.

“However, it might be the case that Klopp favours his countryman Can over Lucas in that defensive midfielder role when Henderson is fit again.

“Some people are thinking that Coutinho will be more in a midfield position on the right and Sturridge could start on the left cutting in, with Milner, Lucas and Can in the middle, but I think he’ll prefer players in their natural positions, which is why I’ve gone with this line-up.”

Thompson added that Benteke is likely to start in a centre-forward role with Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho supporting the Belgium international when the 24-year-old recovers from his current problem.

“Danny Ings deserved to retain his place in the side but his injury sadly looks to have ruled him out for the season.

“However, Christian Benteke would likely have come back into the side once he’s fit again. When Benteke’s fit he’ll benefit from having Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge working off him and Jurgen will be asking for a lot more work from his side.”

The former Liverpool centre-half also tipped Klopp to go with Spain international Alberto Moreno at left-back at White Hart Lane tomorrow.

“Nathaniel Clyne and Alberto Moreno will have to provide the width and work hard to get up and down those flanks,” Thompson continued.

“It’s a shame for Joe Gomez to have suffered the injury having done so well, but Moreno is quick and can get forward, although he needs to work on his delivery in the attacking third.”

Liverpool are 10th in the Premier League table.

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