Projecting the Tottenham defence
Defensively Spurs are still without Sergio Romero, although base on pictures it seems like all the other defenders are back and available.
Left back – Japhet Tanganga
If Ben Davies is fully fit, then the Welshman gets the nod over Tanganga. However, Davies likely falls in the category of players able to give a good 30 minutes versus 60, meaning Conte needs to look elsewhere. While Joe Rodon is not a bad choice, Tanganga’s flexibility and versatility get him the call to face Mo Salah.
Centre-back – Eric Dier
At this point under Conte, Dier is nearly as automatic on the teamsheet as Harry Kane. Playing a defensive role that suits his skills on the ball and ability to read the game, Dier has been excellent since the Italian took over. Spurs are going to need all of his excellence on Sunday against a Liverpool team that has scored 47 goals in just 17 matches.
Right-back – Davinson Sanchez
This probably would be Sergio Romero, however, the Argentine defender is out until 2022 and frankly, Davinson Sanchez has performed well under Conte. Sanchez has all the physical tools and pedigree to be a top-notch defender, he just has yet to put it all together. Maybe Conte unlocks that potential. Regardless, Sanchez goes against Liverpool on Sunday.
Goalkeeper – Hugo Lloris
Like Harry Kane and Eric Dier, one name that is undeniable on Spurs teamsheet is Hugo Lloris. Reports are starting to come out that Lloris and the club are starting to talk extension. Even just one more year would be a good move for Spurs who needs Hugo’s leadership following this tough period.