Tottenham will visit Anfield on Wednesday to face Premier League Champions Liverpool in an encounter that would decide who leads the table at the end of the day.
Jose Mourinho’s Spurs have sprang a huge surprise in the ongoing campaign having lost a game in the league this season.
Spurs currently occupies the top spot, above second placed Liverpool who are level on points with the north Londoners but only behind with five goals difference.
Liverpool have been rocked by a series of injury crisis since the start of the season as a number of their first team players have been injured–a situation that has left Jurgen Klopp fuming with anger over England’s failure to introduce the five substitute rule.
However, his Portuguese counterpart, Mourinho believes Matip will play at Anfield and that Van Dijk is the only key absentee, with Xherdan Shaqiri and James Milner also sidelined through injury.
Asked about Liverpool’s injury list and the team he is expecting to face, Mourinho replied: “I think Alisson is not injured. [Trent] Alexander-Arnold is not injured. Matip, I believe that he is going to play. Fabinho is not injured. [Andrew] Robertson is not injured. [Jordan] Henderson is not injured. [Georginio] Wijnaldum is not injured. [Mohamed] Salah is not injured. [Roberto] Firmino is not injured. [Sadio] Mane is not injured. Van Dijk is injured, and Van Dijk is a very good player, of course.
“But give me Liverpool’s list of injuries and compare that list of injuries with what is the best Liverpool team.
“I can give you a list of injuries at Tottenham. We have two kids of the under-16s with injuries, we have two others in the under-21s and we have three in the under-23s. We have [Erik] Lamela and [Japhet] Tanganga, and here you have a list of players.