Liverpool can put an eight-point gap between themselves and Arsenal by winning at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday. The Reds defeated Chelsea 4-1 in midweek to maintain their advantage in the Premier League title race, but Jurgen Klopp could still make three changes to his team to face the Gunners. Express Sport looks at who could start for the visitors.
Alisson is Liverpool’s undisputed No. 1. He was key to Liverpool’s Premier League-winning campaign in 2019-20 and will play his part if Klopp’s side go on to win the league again this term.
Defenders: Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Robertson
Trent Alexander-Arnold was rested for the victory over Chelsea, only playing the final 15 minutes from the substitutes’ bench. The excellent Conor Bradley started in his place, but Alexander-Arnold could be drafted back in.
Bradley is mourning the death of his father, Joe, who died aged 58 on Saturday morning. Joe had been battling with an illness.
Andy Robertson’s cameo against the Blues was his first appearance in four months. The Scot has been absent with a serious shoulder injury, but a first start since his recovery beckons.
Klopp will be able to name what is perhaps his first-choice back four for the first time since October. Robertson’s return will solve Liverpool’s mini-crisis at left-back, where Kostas Tsimikas is also injured.
Midfielders: Jones, Mac Allister, Szoboszlai
Klopp’s midfield is likely to remain the same. Curtis Jones’ excellent performances have kept him in the team ahead of Ryan Gravenberch.
If there had been a January signing at Anfield, Liverpool would surely have signed a recognised defensive midfielder. But Alexis Mac Allister has performed well as the deepest-lying midfielder and will start against Arsenal.
The midfield battle could be key at the Emirates Stadium. Martin Odegaard and Declan Rice had some joy in the middle of the pitch during the reverse game at Anfield.