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Here are Alasdair’s thoughts on that Spurs line-up

Antonio Conte has had to adapt to the circumstances of the past fortnight and his five changes to his Spurs team reflect that.

The Tottenham boss has had nine first team players out isolating with Covid and seven have now returned to training, albeit with differing levels of fitness following a range of symptoms.

The line-up provides chances for Dele Alli, Harry Winks and Tanguy Ndombele to prove their case to Conte and Ryan Sessegnon will be given a stern test of his credentials at left wing-back at both ends of the pitch.

The formation is likely to be tweaked a bit from the 4-3-3 of Conte’s early weeks to either a 3-5-2 or 3-4-1-2 with Alli either making up a midfield trio or sitting behind Harry Kane and Son Heung-min – probably switching between both roles.

For Kane, he’s had time to work with Conte in recent weeks and having beaten Mohamed Salah to the Premier League Golden Boot last season, he will not want the difference between the two this season to be as vast as it has in the early months of the campaign.

This is a makeshift Tottenham team, but Liverpool’s is far from their normal line-up as well, which could make for an unusual spectacle.

For Spurs fans, they can only hope that this time spent for half of the squad with Conte has helped him continue to get his methods across just when they need them the most.

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