It’s been a great festive period for the league-leading Reds but things now get serious with two huge games, starting against the Gunners.
Klopp’s shrewd rotation is working a treat currently, with subtle game-by-game changes paying off as performances and results remain impressive.
The manager is likely to continue with his successful policy at Anfield, and the excellent form of all those regularly called upon gives the boss some interesting decisions.
The biggest of those come in the midfield selection and therefore how to shape the attack, so how could Liverpool’s starting XI look against Arsenal?
Injury Update & Rotation Options
Who is out? Gomez (leg), Matip (collarbone), Oxlade-Chamberlain (knee), Milner (hamstring), Brewster (knee), Solanke (muscle)
Who could come in? Clyne, Moreno, Fabinho, Keita, Lallana, Origi, Sturridge
Who could be come out? Alexander-Arnold, Robertson, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Shaqiri
Klopp has options in all departments to keep things fresh, if required.
Naby Keita will also hope for a starting role after watching the Boxing Day win from the bench for the duration.
The Potential Lineups
It was a slight surprise that Klopp didn’t rotate more heavily against Newcastle with these next two huge games in mind.
Sticking with a near-full strength selection on Boxing Day at least ensured that the Reds maintained rhythm and top form for this first heavyweight clash.
Klopp has tweaked things shrewdly throughout the busy run and it would be no surprise to see the same happen again here.
One thing Klopp could consider is switching back to a three-man centre and restoring Fabinho within it.
That solitary change would see the Reds start with this XI:
Liverpool’s excellent form has largely been built upon a 4-2-3-1 setup and it would be a surprise if Klopp moved away from that system.
It would be better to simply alter the selection rather than switch formation and potentially risk upsetting the balance of a team firing on all cylinders.
In the key area, Fabinho will enter but in place of Henderson or Wijnaldum—with the captain perhaps the more likely to drop out given the previous successful balance between the Brazilian and Dutchman.
Staying with this shape would be ideal for keeping Shaqiri in to unleash the new Fab Four on a suspect Arsenal defence.
But Klopp may instead deploy Keita from the left as seen recently—with Mane switching to the right—to keep Shaqiri as a game-changer from the bench.
One final adjustment could see Clyne start at right-back, ensuring Alexander-Arnold is 100 percent fit for the crucial showdown with Man City:
Saturday’s game will be a tough test, but it’s one the Reds can attack with full belief to claim another crucial win, which would set up everything perfectly for the trip to the Etihad.