It is being billed as a tough clash for Klopp’s side, but they arrive at the Emirates in exceptional form, particularly after blowing Chelsea away at Anfield.
Klopp’s squad is growing in numbers, too, as players return from injury, giving the manager what he described as a “luxury problem” in his pre-match press conference.
So how should Liverpool line up against Arsenal?
After Klopp’s press conference, Liverpool’s training session on Friday revealed the following:
- Darwin Nunez is available despite Klopp admitting doubts over a foot injury
- Alexis Mac Allister has no issues after a knock to the knee in midweek
- Kostas Tsimikas and Thiago are also fit and in full training
Liverpool squad in training on Friday
Defenders: Van Dijk, Konate, Gomez, Quansah, Alexander-Arnold, Robertson, Tsimikas, Bradley*
Midfielders: Szoboszlai, Mac Allister, Jones, Thiago, Gravenberch, Elliott, McConnell, Clark
Forwards: Jota, Nunez, Diaz, Gakpo, Gordon
* Expected to miss out on compassionate grounds.
Liverpool’s XI vs. Arsenal
With a relatively healthy turnaround between Wednesday night and Sunday evening, the likelihood is that Klopp deploys his strongest possible side at the Emirates.
Following the sad news of Bradley’s father passing, Trent Alexander-Arnold is expected to come back in.
Klopp’s final decision could be left to the medical staff, as if Nunez is able to start as his involvement in training suggests, he will likely do so.
The most realistic scenario would be:
- Alexander-Arnold to take over from Bradley
- Gomez to be retained over Robertson at left-back
- Rest of XI unchanged with Nunez available
That would see Liverpool line up like this:
Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Gomez; Mac Allister, Szoboszlai, Jones; Jota, Diaz, Nunez
However, if Nunez is not deemed fit enough to start as he manages the pain in his foot, Klopp could be required to bring in another attacker.
With no other alterations expected, Liverpool could line up as below:
Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Gomez; Mac Allister, Szoboszlai, Jones; Gakpo, Diaz, Jota
Despite the increase in options available to Klopp, it is fairly straightforward when it comes to predicting how Liverpool will line up against Arsenal.
The real benefit could come with his ability to change the game from the bench, giving the Reds a better chance of taking all three points – and the edge in the title race.