Pochettino could use the opportunity to rest players in the EFL Cup and Klopp's Liverpool could take advantage.
Liverpool v Tottenham - Tuesday 19:45, Sky Sports 1
Jurgen Klopp is set to ring the changes with Danny Ings in contention for a start, alongside fringe players Alberto Moreno, Lucas Leiva, Ragnar Klavan and Daniel Sturridge. But don’t expect the German to stick his chin out much further than that. Jordan Henderson is suspended but Klopp will probably keep a few trump cards on the bench.
Whichever way he shuffles his pack, the timing and circumstances clearly favour Liverpool, largely due to their absence from European competition. This will be Tottenham’s fourth away game in 11 days, the previous three all ending in stalemate, including a tough examination at Bayer Leverkusen, whereas the Reds haven’t left Merseyside in over three weeks.
So there should be no denial of responsibility under the lights at Anfield. The 4/6 available on the home win isn’t particularly attractive but it’s hard to dispute. Indeed, it could look huge by an hour before kick-off, should Mauricio Pochettino weigh up the probabilities and give himself a pass by going wholesale with his rotation.
Either way, the philosophy will remain the same for both sides and a low-key first half is to be expected on account of rustiness and inexperience alike. Take the 7/2 available on the Draw/Liverpool half time/full time bet and back the Liverpool 2-0 correct score at 17/2. The last two meetings between Klopp and Pochettino both finished 1-1 after the Reds had scored first.