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Liverpool vs. Tottenham Hotspur: Match Preview, Team News, and Ways to Watch

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Liverpool face high-flying Tottenham Hotspur after the last international break of the season.

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Liverpool went into the international break in quite bizarre fashion after losing 3-2 away to Southampton after leading 2-0 at the interval. It was the second game in successive months where Liverpool threw away a two-goal lead, effectively ending any hopes of a possible challenge for a top four spot in the final two months of the season. It was even more frustrating when Manchester United beat Manchester City at the Etihad. Credit to Southampton for a comeback that delighted their manager and fans at St Mary's, but Liverpool simply imploded when it seemed easier to do otherwise.

Jürgen Klopp spent time with the players left behind in sunny Tenerife but received some worrying news on the injury front after his two Belgian strikers succumbed to injury. Christian Benteke (knee) is still injured, and the manager is unsure when the 25-year-old will return to action. Divock Origi (hip/thigh) is fit and should be in the squad. Roberto Firmino (hamstring) is still a doubt for the game and may be preserved for the potentially gargantuan Europa League first-leg clash with Borussia Dortmund.

James Milner (suspension) should return to the side to give Firmino a bit more time to recover, while Alberto Moreno is in full training. The Spanish left-back will probably start in the Europa League match, which enjoying extra time to work on his fitness in training while others fill in for him against Tottenham. As Jon Flanagan is not registered for European football this season, it would be wise to play Flanagan against Tottenham instead of pushing Moreno at this stage. An appearance from the bench could be an option for the amiable and cheerful defender.

Lucas Leiva (thigh) is still unavailable along with Jordan Rossiter (hello there, hamstring) and Kevin Stewart (ankle/foot). Danny Ings and Joe Gomez are not forgotten but won't feature until the summer after suffering anterior cruciate ligament knee injuries earlier in the season. Joe Allen could be a rotational option from the start or during the game to avoid overburdening the home side's first-choice central midfielders. Daniel Sturridge only got 65 minutes of action during the international break, which is probably best for his fitness.

Tottenham are chasing Leicester City in a bid for Premier League glory and are monitoring the respective conditions of Erik Lamela (muscular injury) and Toby Alderweireld (illness). Alderweireld has been outstanding this season and is pencilled to return against Liverpool. Jan Vertonghen (mcl knee ligament) was injured at the end of January, but Mauricio Pochettino is looking at Manchester United instead of Liverpool to bring in Vertonghen. Nabil Bentaleb (knee) appears to be out for the rest of the season, and Clinton N'Jie (knee) should return later in the month.

Predicted Liverpool Lineup (4-2-3-1):

Mignolet
Flanagan / Lovren / Sakho / Clyne
Henderson / Can
Milner / Lallana / Coutinho
Sturridge

Liverpool have an excellent recent record against Spurs, winning five out of the last six games between the sides. The last meeting was Klopp's first in charge after taking over from Brendan Rodgers and ended in a goalless draw at White Hart Lane. A similar result would be far worse for Pochettino's side given that title rivals Leicester City have a five-point lead and play the next day. What will hearten a talented and young squad is recent form, which must be respected. Tottenham have won four out of their lasts six away games, losing only once against another surprise package in West Ham United.

Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Danny Rose, and Kyle Walker all featured for England during the international break and will surely start at Anfield. The presence of Alderweireld will be key, because Kevin Wimmer would benefit from one of the experienced Belgians alongside him in a game of this magnitude. Tottenham are solid, work as a unit, and have a confident striker who is currently shooting from a variety of angles.

The game will be an interesting one tactically with counterpressing on display from both sides. The danger here is that Tottenham are more advanced in that area under Pochettino, but Liverpool have continued to show an appetite for big occasions and opposition since Klopp took charge.

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Kickoff is set for 5.30PM BST/12.30PM EST tomorrow, with television coverage in the UK on Sky Sports 1 and NBC in the US. Elsewhere, Fox Sports 3 Australia and Foxtel Play in Australia, Sportsnet One and Sportsnet World Now in Canada, Sky Sport 2/HD in Germany, Star Sports 2 Asia and Star Sports HD 2 in India, SuperSport 3 Africa in Kenya, Astro SuperSport  in Malaysia, and 102 (HD) mio Stadium in Singapore are carrying the match. You can find other listings at LiveSoccerTV. For online radio, fans worldwide can check out LFCTV GO and BBC Radio .

We'll be keeping you updated with all the buildup to the game, including team news as it's released, our live matchday thread and post-match recaps from The Liverpool Offside staff. If you want to join the discussion, sign up for an SB Nation account to have your say on all the action as it happens.