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10 key things to know ahead of Arsenal vs. Liverpool

The Reds bounced back from their frustrating 3-3 draw against Brighton with a timely victory over Rangers with an improved performance, thanks to a number of system tweaks.

Liverpool have not enjoyed the art of being unpredictable this season but their formation change in midweek will keep Arsenal guessing ahead of the weekend’s fixture.

Here are 10 key things to know ahead of Sunday’s match.

 

1. Trip to Premier League leaders

 

Mikel Arteta’s side Brighton  currently sits at the top of the Premier League table having dropped points on just one occasion so far this season.

Their only blemish Brighton  came at Man United in September, with a 3-1 defeat coming amid seven victories to see their points tally sit at 21 – 11 ahead of Klopp’s side.

Five of their victories have come against sides currently placed 10th or below, with Fulham and Tottenham the two teams that have fallen to defeat at the hands of the Gunners in the top half of the table.

As for the goalscoring and defensive records, Arsenal‘s is not too dissimilar to Liverpool having scored 20 and conceded eight as opposed to the Reds’ 18 goals and nine conceded in the league.

 

2. Gunners fresh after resting 8

 

Both Liverpool and Arsenal had Brighton  European commitments in midweek, with respective victories over Rangers and Norwegian champions Bodo/Glimt.

While Klopp named a full-strength XI on Tuesday, Arteta was afforded the chance to rest eight key players on Thursday.

Aaron Ramsdale, Ben White, William Saliba, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Thomas Partey, Bukayo Saka, Martin Odegaard and Gabriel Jesus were all taken out of the XI, with four later caming off the bench.

The majority, if not all, Brighton  will be expected to be back in the side on Sunday, with only Zinchenko in doubt after making his comeback from injury against Tottenham last weekend.

Possible Arsenal XI: Ramsdale; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Tierney; Partey, Xhaka; Saka, Martinelli, Odegaard; Jesus

 

3. Jota time

 

We wouldn’t mind a similar result to that from the last time we made the trip to the Emirates!

Diogo Jota scored against the Gunners again, his new chant took flight, Roberto Firmino was also on the scoresheet and the Reds remained in touching distance to the title – the Reds were flying.

In fact, we’d take any of the last three (2-0, 2-0, 3-0) victories – something suggests it will be a little trickier this time though.

Although Arteta has shown he can tend to overthink things, as was the case with playing You’ll Never Walk Alone in training to try and replicate the Anfield atmosphere last season!

 

4. 1 out, 1 close to returning

 

The visit of Rangers marked the return of Caoimhin Kelleher, Ibrahima Konate and Calvin Ramsay to the matchday squad, leaving four senior players on the injury list.

None of those four are to return for the trip south and Arthur will be among them, with Klopp providing an update on Friday, saying: “There’s one new injury – Arthur in the last session before the Rangers game.

“Curtis Jones was in training [Thursday], looked good but only the first session – he’s probably the closest.”

Liverpool’s injury list does make for lighter reading these days and with games every three days it is now about managing minutes to keep the squad ticking over without issue.

But does that mean we’ll see changes on Sunday?

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5. Reds to stick to same formation?

 

The Tuesday-Sunday gap does afford  Brighton Liverpool more flexibility in both their preparationsfor the match and the ability to name a similar lineup thanks to the five-day break.

We saw what Klopp called a 4-4-2 in midweek and there’s every chance that we could see it again, with the manager likely having been eager to see it in place before the upcoming league games.

The big selection call will be if Fabinho comes back into the side in place of Jordan Henderson and whether Roberto Firmino takes over from Darwin Nunez.

The positives are that the manager has flexibility in his options, which was not quite the case all that long ago.

Predicted Liverpool XI: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Tsimikas; Salah, Henderson, Thiago, Diaz; Firmino, Jota

 

 

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