Georginio Wijnaldum was ruled out of Liverpool's Wembley meeting with Tottenham Hotspur due to a knee injury sustained in training.
After picking up the knock on Saturday, the midfielder was assessed but the Premier League game came too soon for the Dutchman to feature in the squad against Spurs.
“Gini got a knock on his knee yesterday. It’s nothing serious but very painful,” said Jürgen Klopp ahead of the clash in London.
“We couldn’t do it overnight. It’s not a big thing but the time was too short from yesterday to today, so he’s not even involved in the squad.”
Joe Gomez, Jordan Henderson and Simon Mignolet come back into the Liverpool team for the Wembley clash with Tottenham Hotspur today.
Jürgen Klopp makes three changes to his line-up for the Premier League encounter, with Trent Alexander-Arnold and Loris Karius dropping to the bench and Georginio Wijnaldum missing out due to a knee problem.
Liverpool XI: Mignolet, Gomez, Lovren, Matip, Moreno, Henderson, Can, Milner, Coutinho, Salah, Firmino.
Substitutes: Karius, Klavan, Alexander-Arnold, Grujic, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Solanke, Sturridge.
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The boss' pre-match thoughts
Jürgen Klopp discussed Sadio Mane's recovery from injury, Mo Salah's start to life at Liverpool, the threat of Harry Kane and much more in his press conference at Melwood on Friday.
Watch his pre-Spurs media briefing in full and for free below...
Joel Matip is hopeful that Liverpool’s historic win over Maribor can be the foundation for ‘something special’ with confidence high in the Reds’ dressing room ahead of Sunday’s trip to Tottenham Hotspur.
Jürgen Klopp’s side head to Wembley this afternoon having recorded the club’s record away victory in European competition on Tuesday.
Slovenian champions Maribor were defeated 7-0 in a display described afterwards by Klopp as ‘really, really good’ and, while acknowledging the stern test Spurs will provide, Matip is hopeful of building on that excellent result and performance in the capital.
“I think the Maribor game will give us more self-confidence, but even before the game we were not in doubt about our quality,” the No.32 told Liverpoolfc.com at Melwood.
“I think this could be the start of something special and now we have to work hard to make that happen.
“Tottenham are a high-quality team with skills in defence, offense, everywhere, and yes it will be a tough and hard game, but we will not hide and we’ll do our best to win there.
“We are looking forward to this game and we are positive we can get something.”
Prior to their comprehensive Champions League win, Liverpool had won one, drawn six and lost one of their previous eight matches.
But the manner of the success over Maribor, plus the fact the Reds have now recorded back-to-back clean sheets, gives Matip belief that the frustrations of that run of form are behind them.
“Of course there were some results that we would like to change, but we cannot change that any more so it was very good for us to score a few times more and to keep the clean sheet and based on this, we are looking forward,” he said.
“It’s really important to keep a clean sheet to win games, but at first, the most important point is to win games. If you concede goals and still win I’m still happy, but as a defender I always prefer to have this clean sheet and to win the game.”
Last season’s corresponding fixture with Tottenham - a 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane - represented Matip’s Premier League debut.
The Cameroonian helped keep in-form Spurs striker Harry Kane in check that day, and he insisted a team effort will be required to do the same on Sunday.
“It was the whole defence [that defended strongly against Kane] and we did it very well. A player like him, normally you cannot control him for 90 minutes, but there are 10 players next to me and they will help and we’ll do everything to not only keep him but their whole team quiet,” Matip continued.
“That will be a tough and hard situation, but we are looking forward to this.”
The transfer route between Anfield and White Hart Lane is a fairly well-trodden one, with numerous players having featured for both Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur down the years.
Some are adored by both club, such as the great Ray Clemence, while the careers of other are not so easy to recall.
So, ahead of Sunday's Premier League meeting in London, we've picked out 11 players to play for both clubs.
1. Ray Clemence
Liverpool: 665 games
Tottenham: 330 games
A legend at both Anfield and White Hart Lane, Ray Clemence is regarded as the finest goalkeeper Liverpool have ever had.
Clemence brought a calming presence to the defence and made some stunning saves at big moments for the Reds.
Signed by Bill Shankly from Scunthorpe United in 1967, the future England international would go on to play 665 times for the club as he collected 12 major trophies, including five league titles.
In his final game for Liverpool, before joining Spurs in 1981, he kept a cleansheet against Real Madrid as Alan Kennedy's late strike at the Parc des Princes secured the last of Ray’s three European Cups with the Reds.
He won the UEFA Cup and FA Cup at White Hart Lane.
2. Neil Ruddock
Tottenham: 50 games, 4 goals
Liverpool: 152 games, 12 goals
Graeme Souness signed Neil Ruddock from Tottenham in 1993 in order to add a bit of steel to the Reds' backline.
An uncompromising centre-back, 'Razor' had an incredible will to win, could hit some fantastic passes up field and was great in the air.
He famously riled Manchester United's Eric Cantona by repeatedly turning down the Frenchman's collar and further endeared himself to Kopites when he nearly knocked himself out scoring a courageous late header to earn a 3-3 draw against the Red Devils in 1994.
Ruddock actually made his senior debut against Liverpool, for Spurs in 1987, but it didn't go too well as it ended with a broken leg.
He won the League Cup with the Reds in 1995 and left the club as Gerrard Houllier arrived in 1998.
3. Christian Ziege
Liverpool: 32 games, 2 goals
Tottenham: 48 games, 8 goals
A Scudetto winner at AC Milan in 1999, Germany international Christian Ziege was regarded as one of the best left-backs in Europe when he joined Gerard Houllier's Liverpool, via Middlesbrough, in 2000.
He never really hit top form at Anfield, but was part of the squad that clinched the 2001 cup treble in his one and only season with the Reds.
Ziege was the fourth German to join the Reds - of seven to date - and still has the highest LFC win ratio of any of his compatriots, at 65.63 per cent.
He moved to Tottenham in 2000 and later helped an unfancied Germany team reach the final of World Cup 2002.
4. Jamie Redknapp
Liverpool: 308 games, 41 goals
Tottenham: 49 games, 4 goals
A superbly talented midfielder and brilliant passer of the ball, former Liverpool skipper Jamie Redknapp was a hugely popular figure at Anfield.
Snapped up as a fresh-faced 17-year-old by Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish in January 1991, he would eventually make his Reds debut 10 months later under new manager Graeme Souness.
He helped LFC win the League Cup in 1995 and the England international could have won more during his 12 years at Anfield were it not for injuries.
Famed for his long-range shooting, 50 per cent of Redknapp's 30 league strikes for the Reds came from outside the box.
Redknapp left Liverpool to join Glenn Hoddle's Tottenham in 2002 and was made club captain by his former England boss.
5. Danny Murphy
Liverpool: 249 games, 44 goals
Tottenham: 29 games, 1 goal
Danny Murphy was signed by Roy Evans from Crewe Alexandra and went on to become a vital player as Liverpool won the cup treble in 2000-01.
And who can forget Super Dan's three Old Trafford winning goals for the Reds?
His free-kick in front of the Stretford End in December 2000 gave Liverpool victory at Manchester United for the first time in 10 years.
Deemed surplus to requirements by manager Rafa Benitez, Murphy moved to Charlton Athletic in 2004 and then onto Spurs in a last gasp deal at the end of the 2006 January transfer window.
6. Graeme Souness
Tottenham: 1 game, 0 goals
Liverpool: 359 games, 55 goals
Graeme Souness only made one appearance for Spurs, in a UEFA Cup tie in 1971, and moved on to Middlesbrough in search of regular first-team football.
Tottenham's loss was undoubtedly Liverpool's gain as the Scot went on to captain the club to some glorious victories and become one of the all-time greats.
He actually spent a season playing in the North American Soccer League for the Canadian side Montreal Olympique and in the Australian National Soccer League with West Adelaide before being snapped up by Reds boss Bob Paisley.
Once at Liverpool, his first strike was a goal-of-the-season effort against Manchester United and things just got even better from there on.
A fearsome midfielder, who also possessed a subtle touch, he helped bring 15 major trophies to Anfield in his six years at the club, and he remains one of just four Reds captains to lift the European Cup.
7. Paul Walsh
Liverpool: 112 games, 37 goals
Tottenham: 128 games, 19 goals
Signed by Joe Fagan from Luton Town, striker Paul Walsh proved to be a popular figure at Anfield and played a key role during the 1985-86 double season when he partnered Ian Rush.
The tricky striker enjoyed an amazing run of 18 goals in 25 matches before injuries hampered his time with the Reds. But Rush still ranks Walsh in his top five LFC strike partners of all time.
"I liked playing with Walshy," says Rush. "Walshy was similar to Kenny Dalglish, but a bit more of an individual player. You could liken him to Luis Suarez - Walshy was very tricky and he learned to play as a team-player."
Walsh clocked up 112 games for the Reds before leaving to join Terry Venables' Tottenham, where he won the FA Cup in 1991.
8. Ronny Rosenthal
Liverpool: 97 games, 22 goals
Tottenham: 100 games, 11 goals
Signed by Kenny Dalglish, Ronny Rosenthal had scored seven goals on loan as Liverpool won their last league title in 1990.
A cult hero among fans, 'Rocket Ronny' netted 22 times in all, including a perfect hat-trick on his full debut and an injury-time winner in the Merseyside derby against Everton at Anfield in 1993.
Of course, there was also that classic miss against Aston Villa - when he beat the goalkeeper but struck the crossbar of the open goal - in 1992.
He joined Tottenham two-years later and fired in a famous FA Cup hat-trick against Southampton, with a certain Bruce Grobbelaar in goal for the Saints.
9. Robbie Keane
Tottenham: 291 game, 117 goals
Liverpool: 28 games, 7 goals
Striker Robbie Keane joined Liverpool from Tottenham Hotspur in 2008 and although it didn't quite work out how he would have liked it at Anfield, the boyhood-Red did score seven goals in 28 games.
The pick of his strikes was probably his thundering half-volley against old north London rivals Arsenal in an unusual silver-grey shirt and red shorts combination strip.
However, he struggled to replicate his best form alongside Fernando Torres and returned to Spurs six months after joining the Reds.
The Republic of Ireland's all-time leading goalscorer was soon back among the goals and won the League Cup with Juande Ramos' Spurs in 2008.
10. Peter Crouch
Liverpool: 134 games, 42 goals.
Tottenham: 93 games, 24 goals
Peter Crouch proved to be a popular figure at Anfield after Rafael Benitez signed him from Southampton in 2006.
Although he took his time to notch his first Liverpool goal, the 6' 7" striker famously scored a perfect hat-trick - left foot, right foot and header - as the Reds beat Arsenal 4-1 in 2007.
His stunning overhead kick in a 3-2 Champions League win over Galatasaray was voted into UEFA's top 10 all-time goals in European competitions.
After leaving the Reds in 2008, he returned to Spurs, where he had come through the youth ranks, and in 2008 scored the winner against AC Milan in a Champions League tie at the San Siro.
Still playing at 36 years old, now at Stoke, Crouch recently earned a place in the Guinness Book of Records for scoring the most headed goals in Premier League history - six of his record-breaking 51 headed goals came during his time at Anfield.
11. John Scales
Liverpool: 94 games, 4 goals
Tottenham: 37 games, 1 goal
Having been named as a substitute for Wimbledon in their famous FA Cup win in 1988, it was Roy Evans who brought stylish centre-half John Scales to Anfield.
Nicknamed 'Bond' by his Anfield teammates, he was cool under pressure and won a medal in his first season as Liverpool lifted the League Cup in 1995.
He joined Tottenham a year later and was re-united with manager Gerry Francis, who he had played for at Bristol Rovers.
Scales scored just one goal during his time at Spurs, against Liverpool.
Philippe Coutinho will aim to score for a fifth consecutive away game when Liverpool face Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley this afternoon.
Find out more about how the Brazilian is chasing down a John Barnes record – and more of the most interesting pre-match facts, courtesy of club statistician Ged Rea – by reading on…
In league and cup, Coutinho has scored in each of the last four away games. The last Liverpool player to achieve the feat in five successive matches away from Anfield was Barnes, who did so in a run of eight in a row on the road (April to September 1990) which included an FA Cup semi-final at Villa Park and a Charity Shield at Wembley.
The two teams have met 50 times in the Premier League with Liverpool winning 23, drawing 14 and losing 13.
The Reds have outscored their hosts across their 24 visits to Tottenham in the Premier League era, scoring 34 compared to Spurs' 33.
This will be the 149th league meeting between the clubs.
The Reds are unbeaten in their last nine clashes with Spurs home and away since losing in the capital in November 2012. Of the 26 players who took the field that evening, only Jordan Henderson, Hugo Lloris, Jan Vertonghen and Mousa Dembele remain at their clubs.
Only two Liverpool players have scored hat-tricks at Tottenham – Billy Liddell in 1951 and Roger Hunt in 1964.
There have been 140 goals scored in total in the Premier League meetings between the teams. Only Liverpool's games against Arsenal (141) have generated more.
Of the last 25 goals scored in league games between the teams, 21 have been netted by Liverpool.
This will be the 56th different away ground that Liverpool have played at in the Premier League era.
It will be the Reds' 37th competitive fixture at Wembley – they have won 18 and lost 12 of those, and are three goals short of recording 50.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could play the 250th game of his club career.
Since suffering defeat at Anfield in February, Spurs have lost just two of their last 21 league games – at West Ham United in May and at home to Chelsea in their first league fixture at Wembley back in August.
Mauricio Pochettino's charges have kept five clean sheets in their last seven matches in all competitions.
In the last year for club and country, Harry Kane has played 49 times – he has scored 51 goals. In that time he has scored six hat-tricks (all for Spurs) and netted twice in a further 10 games.
Ings made his debut for the Three Lions just before his injury blow, but is yet to add to his solitary cap, with Harry Kane emerging as Gareth Southgate’s No. 9.
Ings has been regularly turning out for the Liverpool U23s after recovering from his second long-term knee injury, picked up in November of last year.
He has scored just once in six appearances for Neil Critchley’s side this season, but has been in impressive form whenever called upon, serving as a role model for the Reds’ youngsters.
Moving to join the likes of Southampton or Newcastle would provide Ings with the boost he requires after effectively missing two-and-a-half seasons.
But as he explained earlier in October, his long-term goal remains at Anfield.
“When you are at a club like Liverpool, it is not a club that you want to walk away from,” he said.
“It would grate on me for the rest of my career, and the rest of my life, if I had not done everything to give it my all.
“I still feel like I have a big part to play in this football club.”
Realistically, Ings is unlikely to be given the game time he desires under Klopp any time soon, with Divock Origi also poised to return from loan at VfL Wolfsburg next summer.
There is also the promising duo of Taiwo Awoniyi—shining on loan at Royal Excel Mouscron this season—and Rhian Brewster—a star for England at the U17 World Cup—to consider, too.
The last international break brought with it doom and gloom for a month. The one that has just passed has so far brought two decent performances, a poor result and a massive result. You might say “It’s only Maribor”, but putting seven past any team is bound to fill the players with confidence.
The Maribor result was bound to happen at some time. We couldn’t keep creating the number of chances that we were, and not absolute smash some team along the way. The momentum from that result will be much-needed heading to Wembley Stadium to take on Tottenham Hotspur. Spurs registered their first Premier League win at the national stadium last weekend against Bournemouth so that hoodoo is over and done with. But that result and performance was insignificant compared to what they did at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday.
With a little bit more luck, Spurs could easily have turned over the two-time defending European champions.
So, there can be no illusions about the magnitude of the task awaiting Liverpool on Sunday.
Here are the key individual battles that could decide the Reds’ fate:
THE SPURS RIGHT-BACK v PHILIPPE COUTINHO
I say the Spurs right-back and not a particular name because both Kieran Trippier and Serge Aurier have enough merit in their respective arguments to start on Sunday.
Whoever starts, the challenge does not get too much easier from Tuesday night. From dealing with Cristiano Ronaldo, they now move to dealing with Coutinho, who over the last five games has proven that the entire Barcelona saga is a thing of the past. Everything about Coutinho’s game now seems to be a notch above where it has ever been.
There is an argument that Coutinho could start in midfield, making way for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s first league start of the season, but I think Jurgen Klopp will stick with the same front three that put the Slovenian champions to the sword.
The close control is mesmerising, the passing is incisive and the shooting is lethal. So the message to Spurs is clear, don’t give him space. Actually, don’t give him the opportunity to make space for himself. If you give him an inch, he will drive a truck through it.
Both Aurier and Trippier are attacking full-backs, so they might have to shelve the first instinct when they come up against that little Brazilian. But there is also an argument that attack is the best form of defence. So, if the Spurs right-back decides to maraud up the field, pin Coutinho back and test Alberto Moreno, it will be interesting to see how Coutinho responds.
CHRISTIAN ERIKSEN v JORDAN HENDERSON
In my book, Eriksen is probably the most under-rated player in the Premier League. Most things he does are not flashy, but they are neat, technically correct and mightly effective. The level Eriksen is at is probably only bettered in the Premier League by the brilliant Kevin de Bruyne.
So, when the Liverpool captain takes his spot and the armband back on Sunday, there is no easy way back for him. Dealing with Eriksen’s strength is what is among Henderson’s biggest weaknesses. He tends to not follow runners and read the game too well, often relying on his ability to cover ground to camouflage that deficiency.
But that might not be easy to do against Eriksen. The Dane will occupy the space between the lines, and if he isn’t tracked, he is more than good enough to ensure that Henderson’s legs won’t be enough to catch up with him.
There has been and will continue to be enough said about Jose Mourinho’s approach at Anfield last weekend, but the truth remains that Henderson bossed that game. He didn’t allow Nemanja Matic and Ander Herrera any freedom on the ball, which the United midfielders would have used to slow the game down to the tempo they wanted it to be played at.
Questions persist about the skipper’s passing and the bravery (lack of) in the choices made. But on Sunday, if he keeps the defensive side of his bargain, Liverpool will take that, allowing Coutinho and others further forward to be more adventurous on the ball.
HARRY KANE v JOEL MATIP
What can be said about Kane that hasn’t already been? He’s as lethal a goalscorer as anyone has been in English football recently, and all it takes for him is a sniff. And with this current Liverpool defence, unless Mauricio Pochettino channels his inner Mourinho, Kane will get a sniff.
With the advantage of having played with each other for a good period of time now, Eriksen, Kane and Dele Alli have developed the sort of understanding that makes front-lines elite. They may or may not be elite already – that is a different argument – but they are still bloody good.
Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren will come into this game on the back of two straight clean sheets. But they can rest assured that they’ll have slightly more to do in this game than they have done in the last 180 minutes of football they have played.
Matip has been culpable for some of the defensive worries for Liverpool this season and has only gotten away because of how calamitous Dejan Lovren has sometimes proved to be.
The buzzword on Sunday has got to be concentration. Concentration for 90 minutes. The cliché goes, “It only takes a split second to score a goal”, and with Kane lurking, that isn’t just a cliché, it is the reality.
One would not be forgiven to think that the man who wins this individual battle would eventually end up on the winning side on the day.Listen to Liverpool FC legends like Jan Molby and Peter Beardsley as well as the best tactical and statistical analysis on Liverpool FC exclusively on AnfieldIndex Pro! Subscribe Now!