Liverpool training: 5 things we noticed as Reds return from international duty ahead of Tottenham test

Jurgen Klopp was putting his side through their paces as they prepare to take their 100 per cent record to Wembley

Liverpool training: 5 things we noticed as Reds return from international duty ahead of Tottenham test

Jurgen Klopp was putting his side through their paces as they prepare to take their 100 per cent record to Wembley

13 September 2018 Thursday 19:11
Liverpool training: 5 things we noticed as Reds return from international duty ahead of Tottenham test

It is undoubtedly the game of the Premier League weekend, and Liverpool looked in fine form as they limbered up for Saturday's trip to face Tottenham at Wembley.

Jurgen Klopp's table-toppers take on Mauricio Pochettino's men looking to avenge last season's 4-1 hammering , and no doubt confident that they will be able to after four wins from four matches so far this season.

The German would have been nervous about injuries during the international break, but all of his stars looked in shape as they limbered up at Melwood on Thursday afternoon ahead of the trip to London.

Klopp presided over Thursday's session (Image: Liverpool FC)

Here's what we spotted from the session.

1. A return for Naby Keita?

Keita will hoping to earn his place back (Image: Liverpool FC)

After being surprisingly left out of the starting lineup for the win over Leicester before the international break, Naby Keita headed off to captain Guinea to a 1-0 win over the Central African Republic in an Africa Nations Cup qualifier.

Club bosses are notoriously reluctant to see their top players jet around the world for international matches, but Klopp probably welcomed the chance for Keita to get some more minutes into his legs as he gets used to life in the Premier League.

If the clash at Tottenham into the kind of open, entertaining clash that many are predicting then he should be crucial.

2. Alisson in focus

The Brazilian keeps his eye on the ball (Image: Liverpool FC)

Liverpool supporters will tell you that the type of error Alisson made at Leicester was probably always going to happen given the risks the Brazilian takes with the ball at his feet.

But the key now is how he responds.

The Brazilian kept a clean sheet in his side's victory against the USA over the international break, but he can be sure that he'll come under pressure at Wembley whenever he's got the ball at his feet.

3. Mane on a mission

Mane goes into the match as the joint-top scorer in the Premier League this season (Image: Liverpool FC)

On Saturday, Sadio Mane will walk out onto a pitch which has both Mo Salah and Harry Kane on it he could legitimately claim to be the man in the best goalscoring form.

The Senegalese has netted four goals in four games this season - the same as Salah and Kane put together - and as his cheeky smile for the camera showed, he looks up for this game.

4. Salah sizes up Spurs again

It was an eventful international break for this man (Image: Liverpool FC)

He found the net three times across both of his appearances against Tottenham last season, but Salah fitted in enough drama for several matches during his only international break appearance.

In Egypt's 6-0 win over Niger, he somehow managed to score twice, assist twice and miss two penalties , meaning that he's more than ready for the drama this fixture is sure to produce again.

5. Finally Fabinho?

The Brazilian is still to make an appearance (Image: Liverpool FC)

He's been hailed as one of the best in the world in his position by PSG boss Thomas Tuchel, but Fabinho is still to make his Liverpool bow since joining from Monaco in the summer.

The Reds face the Parisians at Anfield on Tuesday and so perhaps that could be his chance for a first competitive home start.

Ahead of that comes Wembley though, and perhaps his first chance to reall make an impression?

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