04 February, 2018
They now sit only two points outside the top four, and can rise into the Champions League qualification spots this weekend - as long as results go their way.
Klopp will be more intent on the attacking side of the game, with the manager already admitting that the defence needs a bit of work before being ready to control the game.
Liverpool host Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday which is expected to be a mouth-watering clash against the two most attack focused teams in the league.
As good as Van Dijk unquestionably is, a last-gasp goal in the Merseyside derby has somewhat papered over an inauspicious first month at Anfield.
Spurs have a fully-fit squad ahead of the game. Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool looks on prior to the Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round Replay match between West Ham United and Liverpool at Boleyn Ground on February 9, 2016 in London, England.
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Likewise, in spite of Lucas Moura's late capture on deadline day from Paris Saint-Germain, Spurs remain in the bottom half of the Premier League table when it comes to net spend on transfers this season.
The prospect of missing out on Champions League football would be even more untimely with Spurs set to move into a new 61,500 capacity stadium next season and only further fuel rumours that Pochettino and Harry Kane and Dele Alli, all reportedly courted by Real Madrid, could be tempted away.
Tottenham haven't done the league double over Liverpool since 2010-11. His average of 3.2 tackles per match is more than any other Premier League defender who has made more than 10 appearances. Spurs are yet to beat a fellow top six away from home this season having lost to both Manchester clubs and Arsenal.
Although Tottenham are not great travellers, they have won seven points in the last three games, after gaining only one point in the five games before that.
Sterling, himself hit by a bad tackle from Tottenham's Harry Kane in December, said: "I find it a bit unfair at times".
The England global also has 18 goals in his last 13 top-flight away games. The Englishman leads the Premier League goalscoring charts with 21 goals this season.
On target in wins over Burnley and Manchester City this year, the recent loss to Swansea proved that when Mane, Salah and Roberto Firmino are misfiring, the club will struggle to pick up points.