Jurgen Klopp has named James Milner in Liverpool’s starting lineup for Sunday’s clash with Tottenham.
The Reds boss was somewhat forced into the decision, with Georginio Wijnaldum having been ruled out altogether after picking up a knee injury in Saturday’s training.
Milner was outstanding in Tuesday night’s 7-0 Champions League win over NK Maribor and had been backed by many to retain his place in the team even before Wijnaldum’s setback.
Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com: “Gini got a knock on his knee yesterday. It’s nothing serious but very painful.”
“We couldn’t do it overnight. It’s not a big thing but the time was too short from yesterday to today, so he’s not even involved in the squad.”
Milner will feature alongside Emre Can and the returning Jordan Henderson, who was rested in the midweek game in Slovenia.
Elsewhere, Joe Gomez comes back into the starting lineup after Trent Alexander-Arnold featured at right-back in midweek.
There are no surprises up top, with Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah starting as Liverpool’s front three.
In response to Wijnaldum’s absence, Klopp has handed Marko Grujic a place on the bench alongside Loris Karius, Ragnar Klavan, Alexander-Arnold, Daniel Sturridge, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Dominic Solanke.
Here’s how the Reds lineup…