Klopp’s debut match as Liverpool’s boss might just be missing a major element – Christian Benteke’s absence. The Belgian hitman picked up an hamstring injury while on duty for the Reds against Norwich City 3 weeks ago, and has not been able to regain top form ever since.
The injury made him miss Belgium’s last 2 Euro qualifiers, and as such, he couldn’t contribute to their qualification and their rise to number 1 in the latest FIFA ranking. The former Aston Villa striker has already missed Liverpool’s last 4 games, and the Tottenham fixture could be the 5th. He is currently being treated and monitored by the medical team, but it remains a doubt if he will feature in weekend’s high-profile match.
Jurgen Klopp arrived Anfield prior to the international break, and will be looking forward to winning his first match in charge to make a statement. But he might have to pull it off without the 32.5million Pounds forward, and most importantly, against a strong Tottenham side who are currently in 8th position, 2 places above Liverpool on the log. Klopp however will have the likes of Simon Mignolet, Joe Allen, Divock Origi, Jordon Ibe and Martin Skrtel available for selection as they were present during Wednesday’s training session after arriving from the international break.
Daniel Sturridge, Mamadou Sakho, Alberto Moreno, Lucas Leiva, Joao Carlos Teixeira Kolo Toure, Dejan Lovren, James Milner, and Philippe Coutinho were all present for the first training session under Klopp on Monday. But Roberto Firmino, Joe Gomez, skipper Jordan Henderson and Jon Flanagan aren’t likely to be available due to various injuries picked up before and during the international break. Saturday’s match is Liverpool’s 9th game of the new League, and it could be the beginning of their aspirations to move up the table if they pick up all 3 points, which will come by no easy feat.