Liverpool will hope that a trip to White Hart Lane on Sunday can provide them with an instant bounce back from Monday's 3-1 defeat at Manchester City, with Mario Balotelli set to make his Reds debut.
Speaking in Friday's pre-match press conference, Brendan Rodgers talked of the Italian's swift transition to Anfield, per the Liverpool Echo's James Pearce, but was eager to ensure his new signing was not the sole focus:
Rodgers: "Mario is fine and has settled in very well. He has looked fantastic in training."— James Pearce (@JamesPearceEcho) August 29, 2014
Rodgers: "It's not the Mario Balotelli show. The star of this team will always be the team."— James Pearce (@JamesPearceEcho) August 29, 2014
It remains unknown as to whether Balotelli will see action from the first whistle for his first Liverpool appearance, with Spurs threatening to stretch their four-match winning streak.
Rodgers' described the loss to Manuel Pellegrini's side as "a strange feeling," given that his team have grown used to more resilient results over the past year:
Rodgers: "Monday was a strange feeling. We're not used to losing. Analysing everything, lot of positives to take from the City game."— James Pearce (@JamesPearceEcho) August 29, 2014
In that fixture, Alberto Moreno made his debut for the club but suffered an ankle injury.
Rodgers gave nothing away on whether or not the Spaniard would feature at Tottenham, but confirmed there were other defensive doubts in his side leading up to Sunday's game:
Rodgers: "Moreno twisted his ankle and has been recovering well. Sun could be difficult for Johnson, as for Skrtel we'll see over next 48hrs— James Pearce (@JamesPearceEcho) August 29, 2014
More positive news for the side, however, is that Adam Lallana will be in the running to face Spurs and make his first appearance for the club.
Chris Shaw of the official Liverpool website quotes Rodgers as giving a confident tone regarding the England international's potential debut:
"Adam will be in the squad, for sure. He has looked fantastic in training. Of course he is well short of match fitness but in training for the last couple of weeks he has been exceptional."
The Northern Irishman added that Jose Enrique is close to fitness—so should Moreno be absent, his compatriot may be able to fill in—as well as noting the high morale among his players:
What will be the result on Sunday?
"Jose Enrique has been back training for over a week, and looks very strong and fit. But, again, he hasn't had a lot of game time. We'll see over the next 48 hours. The group has been brilliant in training this week - the focus has been very good."
The last time these two sides faced one another at White Hart Lane, Liverpool handed the hosts an embarrassing 5-0 mauling, despite winning their two league games leading up to the fixture.
Rodgers is hopeful that his line-up can deliver the goods against Spurs once again:
Rodgers: "We had good wins against Spurs last season but they were still tough games."— James Pearce (@JamesPearceEcho) August 29, 2014
Thursday's Champions League group-stage draw saw Liverpool placed in the competition's Group B alongside Real Madrid, Basel and Bulgarian minnows Ludogorets Razgrad.
However, the Liverpool boss' focus remains fixed on the matters at hand, Rodgers keen not to get ahead of himself now that the club is back among Europe's big guns:
Rodgers: "Two incredible clubs and for ourselves it's a great chance to play current champions of CL. But those games are a long way off."— James Pearce (@JamesPearceEcho) August 29, 2014
And rightly so considering Spurs have looked so strong thus far in the campaign, and Mauricio Pochettino's men are sure to give Liverpool a stubborn test, particularly after the Reds suffered such a sore loss.
That being said, with Balotelli among his ranks and a host of others vying to come into the fray, Rodgers has every reason to hold a belief in his squad leading up to such a pivotal clash.