How will Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool line up at Tottenham? Phil Thompson offers his views

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Phil Thompson explains how he expects Liverpool will line up under Jurgen Klopp ahead of his Premier League managerial debut at Tottenham.

The Anfield legend had gone for a 4-3-1-2 with Christian Benteke in attack before he was confirmed out, with Danny Ings initially taking his place. However, the subsequent news of Ings' injury sees Adam Lallana come in alongside Philippe Coutinho, with the formation adjusted to a 4-3-2-1. 

Liverpool head to White Hart Lane having run out 5-0 and 3-0 winners in their previous two visits and the Soccer Saturday pundit is tipping further success, although he is wary that the players could be distracted by the intense attention that Klopp's arrival has brought.

Thommo predicts...

Thommo predicts...

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Here's how Thommo expects the Reds to line-up in north London and why...

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"It's been one of the biggest managerial appointments we've seen in the Premier League but the players need to focus on their own games and not be distracted by the attention.

"Over the last few years Liverpool have had a fantastic record at Tottenham and Jurgen will look at those DVDs and which formations have worked well.

"With that in mind I think he'll go with packing the midfield like Brendan Rodgers did against Spurs, but he'll also be looking to get his best players in their best positions.

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"That means Philippe Coutinho, who is probably Liverpool's best and most important player, in the No 10 role. Klopp will want him getting back to the basics of picking out those killer passes early.

"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.

"That's one of the big things from Klopp's time at Dortmund and I think we'll see a more high-pressing game, an identity which Brendan's team lost towards the end of his time at the club.

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"Nathaniel Clyne and Alberto Moreno will have to provide the width and work hard to get up and down those flanks.

"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.

"Then I think Martin Skrtel and Mamadou Sakho are his most reliable centre-back pairing, obviously sitting in front of Simon Mignolet.

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"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.

"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."

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