Liverpool predicted line-up v Tottenham

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Liverpool look to continue their surge towards a top four finish in the Premier League with a victory over Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday night at Anfield.

The Reds have been in fine form since their 3-0 defeat to Manchester United on December 14th and are unbeaten eight games in the top flight which includes away wins against Sunderland and Aston Villa.

However, Brendan Rodgers' men were held to a goalless stalemate against Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday despite dominating the game for large periods.

The north London club have too began to find their feet and Mauricio Pochettino is starting to have his influence on Spurs who sit fifth in the top flight - two places and four points ahead of Liverpool - and have won their last three, most recently beating rivals Arsenal 2-1 thanks to a Harry Kane double.

Both side's main aim come May is to qualify for the Champions League and the pair are very much in contention to do so. A victory for Brendan Rodgers' men against Tottenham would see the two club's be separated by just a single point and could go level with Arsenal if Leicester City cause a shock upset on Wednesday.

In the last three meetings the Merseyside club have thrashed their Champions League-rivals and recorded victories of 5-1, 4-0 and most recently 3-0 at White Hart Lane in August.

Predicted XI

Goalkeeper - Simon Mignolet

Simon Mignolet has improved significantly in recent weeks and his confidence seems to be well boosted. Against West Ham United and Everton he did not have an awful lot to do but claimed the ball well from crosses and got off his line sharply. The Belgian could have a busier evening given the form of Kane and Christian Erikksen.

Centre-back - Emre Can

Despite Lucas being out injured, Emre Can will line-up in the defence once again. That's because of the threat of Spurs' front-line and how prolific Kane has been in recent weeks and Rodgers will want to counter that problem. Can out-played Romelu Lukaku on Saturday giving the Belgian no chance when he was on the ball and the former Bayer Leverkusen man also used the ball with purpose and intent when he had it at his feet.

Centre-back - Martin Skrtel

Another top performance against the Toffees on Saturday from Martin Skrtel who is showing his class this term. He thrived in the battle against Lukaku and the Slovakian will have another demanding game when marking Kane - it will be an interesting battle to watch, but the Liverpool defender is capable of getting the better.

Centre-back - Mamdou Sakho

Saturday's game against Everton would have been very good for Mamadou Sakho. He gave the ball away needlessly at times when dwelling on it and did not look comfortable to the high pressure from the Blues. However, his recent mistakes will be in his mind and will learn plenty from that effort.

Right wing-back - Jordan Ibe 

Jordan Ibe was given an unusual start on Saturday and thrives. The 19-year-old menaced Bryan Oviedo, using his pace and skill to cause the Costa Rican all kinds of trouble and saw his first-half effort smash against the bar. Ibe has plenty of momentum behind him and there seems no reason why he would drop to the bench.

Centre midfield - Joe Allen

Lucas limped off injured against Everton and was replaced by Joe Allen who didn't do too bad. The Welshman used the ball well and swept any danger up in the middle of the park and improved significantly from some of his efforts this season. He will be given the task of keeping close tags to Erikksen, not easy task but Allen could be hailed if successful.

Centre midfield - Jordan Henderson

Jordan Henderson showed plenty of passion during Saturday's game and playing for Liverpool means an awful lot to him. He was busy from the first to the final whistle and offered plenty of energy in the middle of the park and used the ball well and will likely have a good battle with Mousa Dembele.

Left wing-back - Alberto Moreno

Sound defensively on Saturday was Alberto Moreno and he offered plenty of width for his side. At times he was crying out for the ball with the space he had and hopefully Liverpool will expose that more often against Spurs.

Attacking midfield - Philippe Coutinho

Liverpool's little magician was targeted by Mohad Besic and Gareth Barry on Saturday but it's likely Philippe Coutinho will have more space in the fixture given the style of football Spurs play. Coutinho has been wonderful to watch in recent weeks and has been the Reds' best player on so many occasions. He will be the brains behind so many attacks.

Attacking midfield - Raheem Sterling

With a tough FA Cup clash against Crystal Palace on Saturday - and Rodgers desperate for a trophy - Steven Gerrard will be primed for that clash. Raheem Sterling has operated as a striker for the past few months but his natural position is playing deeper and running at defenders with pace and will be much more suited to this role.

Striker - Daniel Sturridge

After three appearances off the bench it is time to give Daniel Sturridge a start in this must-win game. The England international took his goal superbly against West Ham and looked sharp against Everton on Saturday but lacked a little bit of service. This game is likely to be wide open which will suit him a lot more and will look to punish Spurs' defence given any opportunity.

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