The season begins, no more rehearsals and Liverpool need to get off to a good start if they are to push for that 19th league title. The other sides in the ‘top four’ have all played their first games, and have all won.
Glen Johnson makes his full debut for the Reds, the summer signing from Portsmouth will play at right-back with Emiliano Insua takign the other full-back berth. Carragher and Skrtel have recovered from injuries to take their places in the centre of defence.
No Xabi Alonso any more in midfield after his move to Real Madrid, and Alberto Aquilani not yet available for selection, so Mascherano and Lucus take up the central roles.
Dirk Kuyt and Ryan Babel start in the wider positions, with Steven Gerrard fit again and starting just behind Fernando Torres.
Spurs have two former Liverpool forwards in their squad, Robbie Keane starts, Peter Crouch is on the bench, and Liverpool know that this isn’t going to be an easy fixture.
Tottenham: 1 Gomes, 19 Bassong, 22 Corluka, 26 King, 32 Assou-Ekotto, 6 Huddlestone, 7 Lennon, 12 Palacios, 14 Modric, 10 Keane, 18 Defoe
Subs: 23 Cudicini, 02 Hutton, 16 Naughton, 05 Bentley, 24 O’Hara, 09 Pavlyuchenko, 15 Crouch
Liverpool: 25 Reina, 2 Johnson, 22 Insua, 23 Carragher, 37 Skrtel, 8 Gerrard, 20 Mascherano, 21 Lucas, 9 Torres, 18 Kuyt, 19 Babel
Subs: 1 Cavalieri, 34 Kelly, 38 Dossena, 15 Benayoun, 26 Spearing, 40 Ayala, 10 Voronin