This season, manager’s Premier League starting lineups have been largely influenced by who has played in the preceding midweek fixture.
Here’s how Liverpool could line up.
Here’s what Klopp revealed in his press conference:
- Ryan Gravenberch is “fine”
- Diogo Jota “getting closer and closer but not ready” vs. Arsenal
- The same goes for Alexis Mac Allister, who is not expected to play until 2024
- Andy Robertson‘s body is fine except for his shoulder. Klopp said: “We hope it will be January”
Liverpool’s XI vs. Arsenal
Saturday’s selection is made far easier by looking at the team that started against West Ham on Wednesday.
The big decisions come on the left, with Curtis Jones and Gravenberch vying for a midfield slot.
That potentially leaves Gakpo to play through the middle, with Nunez currently misfiring.
Here is how Liverpool will likely start:
- Gakpo plays as a deeper centre-forward
- Jones gets the nod ahead of Gravenberch in this scenario
- Kostas Tsimikas keeps his place at left-back as Gomez drops to the bench
This is how Liverpool would line up:
Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Tsimikas; Endo, Szoboszlai, Jones; Salah, Gakpo, Diaz
There is the possibility that, in Mac Allister’s absence, Klopp decides to set up Liverpool like he did against West Ham.
Wednesday saw the Reds start in a system closer to how they played in the years prior to Nunez’s arrival, but now with Gakpo taking Roberto Firmino‘s role.
We’ve also seen Klopp begin to move Alexander-Arnold into a proper midfield position when Liverpool have been trailing, and Gomez’s strong right-back showings could influence Klopp’s mind into taking the plunge.
- Alexander-Arnold starts as the No. 6 instead of Wataru Endo
- Ibrahima Konate plays despite another good performance from Jarell Quansah on Wednesday
- Curtis Jones plays to provide defensive solidity with Alexander-Arnold and Szoboszlai next to him
Here is how an alternate team could look:
Alisson, Gomez, Konate, Van Dijk, Tsimikas; Alexander-Arnold, Szoboszlai, Jones; Salah, Gakpo, Diaz
Whatever side Klopp decides to go with, Anfield should be well up for this one and push Arsenal back from the first minute.
It will then be up to the players to prevent them from growing into the game and being able to show their quality.