Jordan Henderson is set to be recalled by Liverpool as they travel to Tottenham in the Premier League today. The midfielder was rested for the 7-0 Champions League victory over Maribor but will return at Wembley, meaning that James Milner could well miss out despite his impressive midweek performance.
Jurgen Klopp has never won a competitive match at England’s national stadium, but the German insists that he is not thinking about his record ahead of the game on Sky Sports Premier League.
“We don’t feel bad when we see Wembley, it’s a good place and a wonderful stadium,” he said. “And we never played against Tottenham there, so it’s nothing we are thinking about. We only think about the game and not where we play.
“I can say that the performance was always really good. In the Champions League final [with Borussia Dortmund against Bayern Munich] the performance was really good, everybody who saw it knows that. The Capital One Cup final against City was unlucky in the penalty shootout at the end, that’s how things can happen.”
For Tottenham, they will be looking to build on their first Premier League win at their temporary home after beating Bournemouth 1-0 last weekend and will be boosted by the midweek return of Danny Rose.
The defender has been out for nine months with a knee injury but came off the bench towards the end of the game against Real Madrid. Although he is unlikely to start at Wembley, he could be named among the substitutes and Mauricio Pochettino insists Rose is part of his long term plans.
“His mind is clear that what happened is in the past and we need to move on. He is part of my plans. The past is in the past,” the manager said.
“In life they are young and they can mistakes but the most important thing is that they can learn from that. Fans want the best for the team and Danny is our player. Our fans are fantastic and they show good love and that they care for our players.”
Elsewhere for Liverpool, Simon Mignolet will return in goal and Joe Gomez could come into defence as Jurgen Klopp continues to rotate his young full-backs.
Ben Davies has recovered from illness and Dele Alli is back after serving a Champions League suspension for Tottenham.
However, Mousa Dembele (hip) and Victor Wanyama (knee) are both out while the game will also come too soon for Erik Lamela, who is close to overcoming an injury to his hips.
After a run of four wins and a draw between 2010 and 2012, Spurs are winless in their last nine Premier League games against Liverpool (W0 D3 L6).
Liverpool are unbeaten in their last four away league games against Spurs (W2 D2), conceding just one goal in that time and netting nine themselves.
There have been 140 goals scored in Premier League matches between Tottenham and Liverpool, two goals shy of the current record set by both Everton/Man Utd and Chelsea/Tottenham (142).
After winning his first two meetings with Liverpool in March and September 2013 with Southampton, Pochettino has failed to win any of his subsequent seven Premier League games against the Reds (D3 L4). Only against Chelsea (5) has he lost more Premier League games than versus Liverpool (4).