Mauricio Pochettino: Tottenham Hotspur will be ready for Liverpool challenge

Manchester City's Aymeric Laporte during the FA Premier League match between Manchester City FC and West Bromwich Albion FC at the City of Manchester Stadium

Tim Sherwood speaking about Liverpool vs Tottenham.

Midfielder Adam Lallana is not expected to be involved for Liverpool with a muscle injury despite returning to full team training on Friday. The last time Liverpool lost both league games to Spurs with the same manager was in 1986-87 (Kenny Dalglish). As a result, Vertonghen and Sanchez make our XI, with Alderweireld likely to start on the bench this Sunday.

Despite making Virgil van Dijk the most expensive defender in football history through a £75m move from Southampton, Liverpool still closed the window with a huge profit following the sale of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona for £142m.

Spurs haven't done the league double over Liverpool since 2010-11, with Harry Redknapp's side beating Roy Hodgson and Kenny Dalglish. "We are involved in three competitions and we want to go further in all the competitions", he added. Tottenham pride themselves on keeping it watertight at the back, particularly on the road against top opponents.

Nathan Dyer of Swansea City tackles Andy Robertson of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Liverpool at Liberty Stadium. "It is always like this and that's why I think we have a few nice options where we could make changes or not, we will see", mused the German manager, ploughing a familiar furrow.

Tricky choices must therefore be made in attack, but first comes the equally-difficult decision of selecting two holding midfielders.

Spurs golden boy Kane now leads the race with 21 goals, trailed closely by Reds hitman Salah with 19, although some suggest it is the latter who has proved a more valuable asset this term, and the stats might just back that up. Liverpool will be hoping for Spurs to attack them, which could then mean we see Liverpool's counter-attacking prowess. Unbeaten in seven top flight encounters, Tottenham are coming off one of their most impressive displays of the season. No problem when you win 3-0. Kane, who wears No.10 rather than No.9 because he considers himself more than a goalscorer, is a very good all-round centre-forward.

Where do you begin with Salah?

Mohamed Salah has scored 19 Premier League goals in 24 games this season. Mane meanwhile is looking back to his best after a December dip in performance.

Jurgen Klopp's charges are in third place on 50 points, three behind rivals Manchester United in second and 18 behind runaway leaders Manchester City. "Harry Kane is still there, even though the whole world is going nuts transfer wise".

Their only defeat in the last 14 league and cup games was by 4-1 at Manchester City in December.

It has been a mixed start to the New Year for Liverpool, and now they face another tough challenge as Tottenham visit Anfield on Sunday.

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