League leaders Liverpool will be aiming to continue their unbeaten run when they face Arsenal at Anfield this Saturday.
The Reds got the better of Newcastle United without much fuss on Boxing Day. With Manchester City losing and Spurs winning, Jurgen Klopp’s men are now six points clear of the latter, seven ahead of the former.
However, the Gunners present a tricky challenge for the Reds. The Londoners have made a fine start to life under new manager Unai Emery, and are looking forward in the right direction, despite a mixed performance against Brighton.
This is the first of two games that could define Liverpool’s campaign. The game away to City is four days after this and positive results in both games would go a long way in proving they’re the real deal this season.
James Milner is out for this game, while Joe Gomez and Joel Matip are recovering from their respective long-term injuries.
This is how we think Klopp could line his team up:
GK - Alisson
He has been a fantastic addition to the squad this season. Keeping 12 clean sheets in the first 19 league games is some feat.
RB - Trent Alexander-Arnold
The youngster is back to full fitness now and should start this game.
CB - Dejan Lovren
With Liverpool short on centre-back options, Lovren has to start every game.
CB - Virgil van Dijk
The Dutchman is just a colossus and will no doubt start every game for the Reds.
LB - Andy Robertson
Another player who starts every league game unless there is a fitness issue. He is such an important player for Klopp.
CM - Fabinho
He only played the last half hour of the Newcastle game, hence, he should be fresh to start this one.
CM - Gini Wijnaldum
The Dutchman has been a consistent figure in midfield. The fact that Klopp took him off after 60 mins against Newcastle, signalled that he would start this game.
RAM - Sadio Mane
The Senegalese star could start on the right-hand side of the attack if Keita is there in the team.
LAM - Naby Keita
He didn’t feature in the previous game, however, his ball movement in half spaces could prove vital in the game against the Gunners.
CAM - Roberto Firmino
The Brazilian is slowly adapting to his new position as a supporting figure behind Mohamed Salah.
ST: Mohamed Salah
The Egyptian is bang in form at the moment. Arsenal should be wary of his threat.