New gaffer Jürgen Klopp is the type who relishes challenges. He wouldn't be the new Liverpool boss if he didn't. That said, taking a mid-table, injury-ridden side full of unproven youth players to in-form Tottenham probably isn't his ideal way to start his reign.
But that's the situation we have, and that's the situation with which Klopp must contend.
Amid our injury crisis--Liverpool have the second most injuries in the league behind Newcastle--Klopp has dusted off an unseen and unused midfielder João Carlos Teixiera to bring along to North London. Joining Teixeira and the other lads in red will be fellow midfielder, the 18-year-old Pedro Chirivella, 19-year-old striker Jerome Sinclair, and 19-year-old right back Connor Randall.
Teixeira is a name sure to excite many Liverpool supporters, as the Portuguese youth looked promising before breaking his leg last April, even earning Brighton's Young Player of the Year award during his season-long loan. Despite his strong showing on loan last year, he had not managed to get a look-in under Brendan Rodgers so far this season.
Sinclair is getting the call up despite on-going contract negotiations. Maybe a new manager and playing time could help grease the wheels. His last appearance came as a late substitute against Crystal Palace late last season.
Chirivella was last seen in the 1-1 Europa League draw against Bordeaux, coming on for an injured Kolo Toure.
If Connor Randall sees playing time today, it will be mark his Liverpool senior debut.