The last game of the season for Liverpool is about as meaningless as it gets, with neither team in need of the points, their places in Europe next season already finalised. Tottenham could move up a place with a win if West Ham also lose, but that’s the only positional change possible from this game.
Rafa has decided to give Insua another run-out at left-back, although it’s difficult to work out what his formation will be today until the players are actually running around after kick-off. Gerrard and Mascherano seem to be the two central midfielders in a 4-4-2, with Babel and Kuyt playing wide. Torres is of course up front for the Reds, but looks likely to be partnered by Andriy Voronin. The other option is for Voronin to play in the role Gerrard has recently been playing in the 4-2-3-1.
No place in the sixteen for John Arne Riise, Peter Crouch, Jermaine Pennant or Xabi Alonso, all the subject of speculation as to their futures for the club.
George Gillett is expected to attend the game, fresh from recent talks with representatives of the Dubai group trying to buy his half of the club from him.
Tottenham: 12 Cerny, 28 Hutton, 20 Dawson, 39 Woodgate, 11 Gilberto, 15 Malbranque, 8 Jenas, 4 Zokora, 24 O’Hara, 9 Berbatov, 10 Keane
Subs: 1 Robinson, 2 Chimbonda, 6 Tainio, 22 Huddlestone, 23 Bent
Liverpool: 25 Reina, 17 Arbeloa, 23 Carragher, 37 Skrtel, 48 Insua, 18 Kuyt, 8 Gerrard, 20 Mascherano, 19 Babel, 9 Torres, 10 Voronin
Subs: 30 Itandje, 3 Finnan, 4 Hyypia, 11 Benayoun, 21 Lucas
Referee: Uriah Rennie