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Liverpool face Tottenham for the first time with Portuguese boss Jose Mourinhoin charge later today, seeking to maintain their healthy lead at the summit of the Premier League table.

Jurgen Klopp has been boosted with the likes ofAlex Oxlade-Chamberlain being back from recent injuries, whileFabinho and Dejan Lovren should be back in training next week, but will not make this fixture .

Ahead of the game, our writers have had their say on what the Liverpool line-up should be.

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Joe Rimmer:Liverpool will likely face a classic Jose Mourinho low block when They take on Tottenham.

So they need something up their sleeve to beat it.

That’s where Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain comes in. I reckon he can be Klopp’s trump card to Mourinho’s negative tactics.

The former Arsenal man will relish playing against Spurs, likes to shoot from distance and can run in behind if need be.

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He’ll give Liverpool and extra element in attack should Spurs look to mark the front three out of the game.

He’s alongside Jordan Henderson and Gini Wijnaldum in midfield.

Otherwise it’s back to the normal back four and usual front three – and a well rested one at that. More than enough to put Jose back in his place.

My team:

Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Wijnaldum, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Salah, Firmino, ManeFresh legs the decider

Dan Kay:One of the most satisfying aspects oflast Sunday’s FA Cup win over the blue brethrenacross the park is it was achieved with the vast majority of the established first team enjoying a lovely rest after the successful but gruelling travails of December.

They will all no doubt be champing at the bit to lay down another marker in what is threatening to turn into a season for the ages but also acutely aware, despite Tottenham’s current problems, their recent history with Liverpool – and Mourinho’s – means the Londoners would take immeasurable pleasure in bursting the reds bubble with a win that could take spurs potentially within three points of the top four.

Liverpool’s front three and the back five picks itself at the moment and the only real decision comes in midfield, where d espite Fabinho, Naby Keita and James Milner’s absence through injury, there are options.

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Jordan Henderson and Gini Wijnaldum surely slot straight back in and Klopp could well be tempted to continue with Adam Lallana after his herculean efforts in recent weeks.

The– year-old has shown he has every chance of playing a key role in the rest of Liverpool’s season but played the full on Sunday and, while Takumi Minamino could be considered for a deeper attacking role after promising debut at the point of the attack against Everton, I am going for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s fresher legs and North London previous as he seeks to regain fitness and form to push the Reds on to another vital three points.

****** (My team:) Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Wijnaldum, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Salah, Firmino, Mane

Lallana deserves his place

Matt Addison:

After a decent rest period between their last league game and this one, Liverpool can afford to go all out for this one, and with Spurs a tricky opponent, even without Harry Kane, that is exactly what Klopp will do.

With that in mind, there is only really one place in the side which is up for grabs: in the center of the midfield.

Henderson and Wijnaldum will start, and then it’s a case of one other.

For me, after his exceptional performance last weekend in the Merseyside derby, Adam Lallana deserves another go from the start.

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Like Oxlade-Chamberlain, he can be very useful when up against sides who will sit in deep, and he will be more than ready to play again having had the week to recover.

Oxlade-Chamberlain can come off the bench and make an impact from there, probably in place of the man beat him to the starting XI.

Minamino will also have to make do with a place on the bench, though he would be likely to come on at some point for a league debut.

My team:Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Wijnaldum, Lallana; Salah, Firmino, Mane**********************

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********************Adam Lallana of Liverpool is challenged by Richarlison of Everton during the FA Cup third round match at Anfield on January (*********************************************************************, (Image: Clive Brunskill / Getty Images)**************************Big names are backPaul Gorst: So after the rotated Reds saw off a full-strength Everton, the return of the Premier League should coincide with the big names coming back for Jurgen Klopp.

Alisson starts behind Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez, Virgil van Dijk and Andy Robertson.

My midfield three overlooks the strong claims of Adam Lallana for Jordan Henderson, Gini Wijnaldum and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

My front three sees Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane all take their place.

My team:Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Wijnaldum, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Salah, Firmino, ManeBig names are back

Ian Doyle:A new stadium but the same old bunch of adversaries for Liverpool this afternoon.

And, it must be said, a familiar selection issue for Jurgen Klopp to resolve.We’ll come to that in a bit.

First up, the essentials. After the understudies did so well at Everton, it’s time for the regulars to come back.

That means only Joe Gomez remains in a defense that has been racking up the clean sheets in the past month.

The forwards, too, will be a rested development after keeping a watching brief last weekend.Midfield is the poser.

Jordan Henderson and Gini Wijnaldum are definites, which leaves one place. It’s asking a lot for Takumi Minamino to play in an attacking role, while Adam Lallana probably deserves a start.

However, I’m going for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain given his cameo against Everton and his greater attacking thrust.

My team:

Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Wijnaldum, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Salah, Firmino, ManeChamberlain the game-changer?

Theo Squires:Liverpool’s recent injury woes beginning to ease, Klopp’s team to face Tottenham virtually picks itself due to the limited options at his disposal.

Joel Matip is closing in on a return But there’s no way Gomez is losing his place any time soon so it’s your usual suspects in defense in front of Alisson.

Despite the Reds’ imperious form, a maiden trip to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to face a Jose Mourinho side cannot be taken lightly. After all, Liverpool have often found it impossible to break down the Portuguese’s sides on the road.

And it’s in midfield where Klopp faces his toughest decision as a result. Henderson and Wijnaldum start, obviously, but do you opt for a move conservative approach with Lallana, so impressive against Everton, or do you unleash Oxlade-Chamberlain against his former North London foes despite only just returning from injury?

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I’m opting for the latter with Oxlade-Chamberlain’s impact off the bench last weekend crucial to Liverpool progressing in the FA Cup. If Mourinho parks the bus, he could be a game-changer in the engine room.

And in attack it’s the traditional front three. Sorry Minamino, your Premier League debut will have to wait.

My team:

Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Wijnaldum, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Salah, Firmino, Mane****************

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