Liverpool are set to host Arsenal at Anfield tonight in a bid to take an early lead on their Premier League title competitors.
Manchester City suffered a shock defeat to Leicester yesterday, which sets them back very early on in the season. Chelsea also dropped points after another surprising result saw them draw 3-3 with promoted West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.
Can Liverpool beat Arsenal this evening?
According to David Maddock, the Reds could be without Alisson and Thiago Alcantara this evening. With this in mind, Transfer Tavern has predicted how Jurgen Klopp could choose to line up against the Gunners.
With the Brazilian shot-stopper ruled out with an undisclosed injury, Liverpool will put their faith in Adrian to keep an in-form Arsenal at bay. Klopp’s usual senior backline of Andy Robertson, Virgil Van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold will be deployed in order to supporter the fringe goalkeeper, who also played in this fixture in last season’s Premier League, a 3-1 home win in August 2019.
Both Jordan Henderson and James Milner are unavailable due to their respective thigh and calf problems, meaning that Naby Keita could start once again. He will likely be joined by Fabinho who will return to his usual defensive midfield role and Curtis Jones rather than Gini Wijnaldum. The teenager seriously impressed against Lincoln City after bagging himself a brace and Klopp may want to inject a different dynamic into his midfield to leave Arsenal guessing their moves.
Liverpool’s attacking trio will likely remain untouched but a cameo appearance from new signing Diogo Jota could be expected in the second half.
If the Reds can win by at least three goals this evening, they will leapfrog Merseyside rivals Everton into second place. Leicester are the current league leaders, with maximum points so far and a goal difference of +8.
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