Liverpool predicted XI v. Arsenal: Jurgen Klopp handed boost as star striker due to return

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Liverpool are up against Arsenal in the Premier League in just under a week, in what represents the first game for the Reds after the international break.

The lads have been inconsistent this season – to say the least – but will more than fancy themselves against the Gunners next weekend.

After seemingly turning their form around, with a 4-0 aggregate win over RB Leipzig in the Champions League and a convincing victory against Wolves, Liverpool finally go into a game with their tails up in 2021.

The Reds will of course still be without Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Joel Matip and Jordan Henderson – all of whom are suffering from long-term injuries picked up this season.

Even with Real Madrid on the horizon, there’s no doubt Jurgen Klopp will go big against Arsenal. Here’s how we see him lining up…

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In goal will be Alisson, and the Brazilian will have a back four of Ozan Kabak, Nat Phillips, Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold – but don’t be surprised if Kostas Tsimikas is given the nod to give Robbo a rare rest.

In midfield will be Fabinho alongside Gini Wijnaldum and Thiago, while a front three of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino seems likely.

Though Diogo Jota has enjoyed a fruitful international break, we think it’s likely Klopp will give him a rest to keep him fresh for the Champions League – not to mention Bobby’s tendency to turn up in a big way against Arsenal and his recent return to fitness.

EOTK’s XI: Alisson, Kabak, Phillips, Robertson, Trent, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Thiago, Mane, Salah, Firmino

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