As we return from the international breaks, Liverpool host Arsenal to resume their journey in the Premier League. The Reds will be hoping not to fall off the top 4. While Arsenal will look to continue their commanding run after gaining confidence from their recent performances. Let us have a look at the team news for Liverpool as they get ready to welcome Arsenal at Anfield.
Liverpool lost their previous game 3-2 away to West Ham United before the international breaks. Thus, Jurgen Klopp’s men will look to bounce back to winning ways in order to stay in the title race. This is going to be a tough challenge as the Reds take on in-from Gunners on home soil.
Liverpool are now clinging to number four and are six points behind the leaders Chelsea. Arsenal will surely look to dent Liverpool’s hopes as they too would want to prevail themselves in the top 4. Jurgen Klopp will have a busy day in the office, planning about Arsenal’s visit to Anfield.
Liverpool v Arsenal – team news
James Milner had sustained a hamstring injury recently. However, he is back in training and will hope to be in action against Arsenal this Saturday.
Sadio Mane was forced off the pitch after incurring an injury in the ribs region. This happened during the World Cup qualifiers when Senegal met Togo. He was taken off at the brink of the 28th minute for precautionary reasons.
The left-back featured for 79 minutes in Scotland’s win over Denmark while sustaining a hamstring issue. He remains a major doubt for the Arsenal game.
Captain Jordan Henderson may come back to play. He picked up a minor scare with the groin but should be fit by Saturday. While he has been training too.
Naby Keita will be out for long as he suffering from a thigh problem. Therefore, the Reds cannot expect his return any time sooner. He is most unlikely to pass the fitness test for Arsenal’s clash.
Harvey is back on training grounds as he fights to recover completely from an ankle injury. However, the Arsenal clash comes too soon for him.
Roberto Firmino suffered a big hamstring injury against Atletico Madrid earlier and will still be out for some time.
Curtis Jones has been dealt a blow with an eye injury. He will take time to heal and will remain out for few weeks.
Joe Gomez’s chances of returning are slim as he picked up a calf injury before the international break.
Liverpool have no players suspended for the Arsenal tie this Saturday. The injury list is long but Liverpool will have to show great character while facing Arsenal. Players playing this game will get an opportunity to rise to the occasion.
It will be interesting to see how Jurgen Klopp lines his team up against the Gunners.