Tottenham vs Liverpool: Combined Starting XI
Tottenham and Liverpool clash tomorrow in a match where two title contenders have the chance of firing a warning to Man City and the rest of the pack. Who makes it into our Futaa Best Combined XI? We've gone with a 4-4-2 here, a combination of Tottenham's 3-5-2 and Liverpool's attacking 4-3-3. What do you think?
One blunder against Leicester aside, Alisson has been assured between the sticks at Anfield since his world-record move from Roma, forging a quick understanding with Liverpool's back 4.
England man Kieran Trippier continues to define the role of the modern fullback, getting up and down the pitch and providing dangerous crosses and assists. He also scored a stunner of a trademark free-kick against Newcastle. On the other flank is Andrew Robertson, recently been named as captain of his country, a reward for his exceptional consistency in the red shirt of Liverpool at the tender age of 24.
In the heart of the defence, Virgil van Dijk has been a revelation for Liverpool. Klopp's side has conceded only once in four games but they'll face a stern test this weekend in the shape of Harry Kane and Tottenham. Alongside van Dijk we have selected Toby Alderweireld, a man who Manchester United publicly pursued before the season started and whose contractual situation at Tottenham is still very much up for debate.
James Milner has been captaining The Reds while regular skipper Jordan Henderson builds up match fitness, and the versatile midfielder has been typically hard-working, adding to the cause with a goal and two assists this season. Tottenham playmaker Christian Eriksen scored twice for Denmark during the UEFA Nations League and assisted for Spurs in their famous 3-0 win at Old Trafford last month. He continues to be the key creative man for Mauricio Pochettino's team.
In the wide areas, we've gone with Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mané, both instrumental in Liverpool's run to the Champions League final last season, and both already up and running this campaign with goals. Senegalese star Mané, in particular, has four goals in four starts in the league. These two wide men will be key tomorrow as Liverpool attempt to damage Tottenham on the counter with their pace.
Harry Kane finally got rid of his personal 'August curse' by scoring in the first month of the season for the first time in his career, and it was a big goal too, a typical Kane header at Old Trafford when Spurs beat Man United. After getting the World Cup's Golden Boot, he's the man to watch for Spurs tomorrow. Often the unsung hero at Anfield, Roberto Firmino gets the final slot in this combined XI for his goal at Leicester but more importantly his two assists so far, underlining his focus on teamwork.
- Lucas Moura won the EA EPL Player of the Month award for August, mainly thanks to a brace at Old Trafford and is settling well into life at Tottenham.
- Teenage right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold is an ever-present for Liverpool and should start tomorrow.
- Liverpool's new signing, Guinea Midfielder Naby Keïta, already seems to be one of the fan favourites at Anfield after starting the first three games of the season.