The Reds look to continue a promising start to the campaign by claiming a fourth straight win, this time against Arsene Wenger’s men.
After making five changes to the team in midweek and seeing those restored impress, Klopp is facing a familiar selection dilemma as Liverpool look to reach the international break unbeaten.
Indeed, the boss must again decide whether to stick with the XI which beat Hoffenheim a second time, or reintroduce those who impressed in the victory over Crystal Palace when called upon.
- Strong and pleasingly in-form squad at Klopp’s disposal
- Trent Alexander-Arnold and Emre Can set to shake off knocks to feature
- Georginio Wijnaldum available after returning to Rotterdam for birth of his son
- Nathaniel Clyne, Adam Lallana and Philippe Coutinho only remaining absentees
- Tough selection for Klopp after positive performances throughout the squad in last three games
- Reds boss could name same XI that secured Champions League return
- Changes could be made to ensure of fresh display and with minor injuries to consider
- Joe Gomez, Ragnar Klavan, Andy Robertson, James Milner & Daniel Sturridge could all be restored
- Divock Origi & Marko Grujic hoping for recall to matchday squad
Liverpool’s XI vs. the Gunners
After seeing his currently preferred XI produce a stunning display to blitz Hoffenheim, Klopp has little reason to change a winning team—especially with Alexander-Arnold and Can set to be fit.
The boss named the same side two games in a row for league and European exploits in the first week of the season, fielding the exact side that opened at Watford for the play-off first-leg victory in Germany.
Klopp could follow that route again—albeit in reverse—and trust what is arguably the Reds’ strongest lineup at this stage to produce a repeat of Wednesday night’s spectacular showing.
This would allow what is seemingly Klopp’s first-choice side to continue building rhythm in performance and, crucially, confidence and momentum going into the international break.
If so, Liverpool’s XI would look like this against the Gunners:
The Reds produced a huge collective effort in midweek, playing at an unbelievable tempo and intensity which Hoffenheim simply could not handle.
Such an effort will have been a big physical test for those involved, and with this in mind, Klopp could rotate in search of a fresh display with another high-speed showing needed.
In fact, it’s arguably essential that fresh legs are introduced considering Arsenal have enjoyed a full week without a fixture to prepare for Sunday’s clash.
Restoring some of those relegated to the bench in midweek would therefore be a wise move, and there are plenty of options available to inject the team in all departments.
At the back, Robertson should be handed a chance to build on his impressive debut, while Gomez should replace Alexander-Arnold given the 18-year-old has been struggling with a dead leg.
Similar caution could also be taken with Can, who it’s vital is kept fit, and Wednesday’s two-goal hero could make way for Milner, who Klopp described as “like a new transfer” following his impressive midfield displays.
Making these suggested three changes would see the Reds start like this at Anfield:
Liverpool have made a pleasing start to the season both domestically and in Europe, and Klopp’s side must keep that positive momentum building with victory over the Gunners at Anfield.