Date: Thursday 12th January, 2022
Time: 8:45 pm
Liverpool suffered a torrid international break as key men Jordan Henderson, Andrew Robertson and Sadio Mane all picked up injuries for their national teams.
Klopp has since confirmed that Mane will be fit for Arsenal’s visit, while Robertson is also expected to be in contention, but Henderson is a bigger doubt and will be assessed ahead of kickoff.
Divock Origi suffered a dead leg for Belgium but could also recover in time, although Liverpool will still be without at least six first-team players.
Saturday’s match will come too soon for Roberto Firmino, Joe Gomez, James Milner, Naby Keita, Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott, all of whom remain sidelined through injury.
The Premier League’s top scorer Mohamed Salah is expected to start again, though, and he will look to add to his prolific record of seven goals and two assists in nine top-flight meetings with the Gunners.
Liverpool possible starting lineup:
Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Fabinho, Thiago; Salah, Jota, Mane
Arsenal have been handed a major boost with the news that Thomas Partey should be fit for selection, with the midfielder expected to come straight back in in the middle of the park.
Folarin Balogun is also available, leaving Granit Xhaka and Sead Kolasinac as the only players missing for Arteta this weekend.
The Spaniard is unlikely to make many changes to his starting XI from the win over Watford last time out, which means starts again for both Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, while the likes of Nicolas Pepe, Bernd Leno, Martin Odegaard and Gabriel Martinelli may have to settle for a place on the bench once more.
Kieran Tierney will be hopeful of regaining his starting spot, though, having been an unused sub last time out.
Arsenal possible starting lineup:
Ramsdale; Tomiyasu, White, Gabriel, Tierney; Saka, Thomas, Lokonga, Smith Rowe; Lacazette; Aubameyang
Prediction: Liverpool 3-1 Arsenal