Arsenal are set to host Liverpool on Saturday evening in the 11th round of this season’s Premier League roller coaster.
Both teams have started their respective campaigns in an impressive manner. The Merseysiders are currently behind only league leaders and defending champions Manchester City, and that only on goal difference. Following last week’s draw at Selhurst Park, the Gunners sit in fourth place, four points short of the top.
It’s certainly an important clash for both teams and both managers will need their players to deliver a strong performance if they are to hope for a positive result. However, the two sides are set to miss some key players.
Unai Emery is facing several fitness doubts in his team. Left-backs Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolašinac are both to be assessed ahead of the game with a minor hamstring issue. The same goes for right-back Hector Bellerin, who is having trouble with his right thigh.
Centre-back Sokratis Papasthatopoulos is being assessed too due to his ankle problem, while fellow centre-backs Laurent Koscielny and Dinos Mavropanos remain long-term absentees, as well as midfielder Mohamed Elneny.
Midfielder Matteo Guendouzi is suspended following his sending off in the Carabao Cup against Blackpool.
Klopp has confirmed his midfielders, captain Jordan Henderson and Naby Keita, will miss out with hamstring issues. They are both set to return to full training soon, but the Emirates trip will come too soon, as will probably the one to Belgrade on Tuesday, when they play Red Star in the Champions League.
Meanwhile, despite some media speculations, winger Mohamed Salah is fully fit. The Egyptian was pictured wearing some kind of protective support in training this week, but the former Borussia Dortmund coach explained it was due to an inflammation of the tendon in his arm and it bears no influence on his availability for the game.
Former Gunner Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain remains out and is unlikely to feature at all this season due to an ACL injury.
Without Oxlade-Chamberlain and Keita, Liverpool have a slight issue in the attacking midfield department, but Klopp still has Xherdan Shaqiri, Adam Lallana and James Milner at his disposal, and he’s likely to pick one of them to complement Fabinho and Georginio Wijnaldum in the middle of the park.
Arsenal can be backed at a whopping 29/10 to beat Liverpool, while the odds on the visitors stand at 19/20.