Victory in both games could continue the revival mounting on Merseyside, as Klopp’s side look to end the campaign strongly after seeing their title defence crumble.
Arsenal head into this clash on the back of a 1-0 defeat to Olympiakos and a 3-3 comeback draw with West Ham, but sit comfortably above Liverpool in the Premier League form table having taken 11 points from their last six games.
With faint hopes of a top-four finish still alive, the Reds need to take a win from the Emirates, and Klopp has a variety of options as he prepares his lineup.
The prevailing injury news from Klopp’s pre-match press conference is that “Bobby is back,” with the manager confirming common knowledge that Firmino has returned to training after three games out.
Klopp revealed that none of his 12 internationals returned with injury issues, and in fact referenced the boost the likes of Jota and Xherdan Shaqiri will have received after producing a series of strong performances while on duty.
Those not with their national teams were put through their paces at Kirkby, but though a host of youngsters were called up for training, it is unlikely any will be added to Klopp’s squad just yet.
Mateusz Musialowski, Kaide Gordon and James Balagizi, for example, will instead prepare for the under-18s’ FA Youth Cup clash with Man United.
Liverpool’s XI vs. Arsenal
Given the significance of the game, it is unlikely Klopp will make many changes with an eye on Real Madrid, and it could be that he in fact names an unaltered side from the 1-0 win over Wolves last time out.
With Arsenal likely to field a similar setup and look to break down the flanks, it may be wise to line up as below:
However, given the Gunners will cede possession to their visitors and sit back for much of the evening, it could be best to take the fight to them.
This could come with a slight change of formation from a 4-3-3 to a 4-2-3-1, with the introduction of Firmino.
A change could come in midfield, though, with Wijnaldum given a breather before the Champions League quarter-final, with Firmino taking his place.
The Brazilian could line up as a No. 10, with Salah and Mane either side of him and Jota up front:
More feasible is a tweak to bring Firmino back into the fold – particularly given his unmatched record against Arsenal, with eight goals in 11 league games so far.