Predicted Liverpool XI vs Arsenal: all eyes on the Reds’ defensive setup

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Jurgen Klopp has a welcomed selection dilemma on his hands ahead of Sunday’s Premier League clash against Arsenal at Anfield.

There promises to be a focus on how the Reds boss lines up defensively in a fixture that has served the Reds well over the past few years.

Despite having suffered a dead leg in Wednesday’s Champions League playoff win over Hoffenheim, Trent Alexander-Arnold appears to have recovered in time to be available for selection.

That said, Klopp will undoubtedly be monitoring the teenager, with Joe Gomez ready to step in if required having started in last week’s 1-0 win over Crystal Palace.

In aid of adding a touch more defensive stability, Klopp could keep his faith in Ragnar Klavan and Andrew Robertson, who both started and impressed in the victory at home to Palace. This would mean Dejan Lovren and Alberto Moreno dropping to the bench after playing against Hoffenheim in midweek.

Klopp is unlikely to alter his midfield trio of skipper Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum and Emre Can- despite the latter having also been recovering from a slight knock.

While it will be tempting to introduce the work rate of a big game player like James Milner, Klopp will be keen to keep both Wijnaldum and Can for their attacking qualities against an Arsenal side that will leave space for the Reds to work in.

Liverpool’s front three decides itself at the moment. Roberto Firmino will again play between Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, with all three moulding Wednesday’s emphatic display as a warning to Arsene Wenger’s men.

Klopp will also take confidence from the quality he has on the bench, with Daniel Sturridge, Dominic Solanke and Divock Origi all fighting for opportunities.

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