Liverpool will entertain Arsenal at Anfield on Monday night hoping to secure another positive result at home in the Premier League. The Reds have won three consecutive matches against Leeds United, Chelsea and Lincoln City respectively. Similarly, the Gunners have also made a bright start to this campaign and will head into this game with some confidence following their EFL Cup third-round win over Leicester City in midweek.
Jurgen Klopp will once again set his team up in a 4-3-3 formation and will instruct his players to keep a high line and press high up the field so that they can exploit the opposition’s weaknesses on the counter using the pace of Mane and Salah out on the wide areas.
Mikel Arteta will probably stick with his favoured 3-4-3 formation for this league clash versus the Reds. He will ask his centre-backs to defend deep and try to feed a few accurate passes to Aubameyang, who will fancy his chances of getting the better of Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold down the left flank.
Jordan Henderson, Joel Matip and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have all been ruled out of this clash at Anfield. Both Joe Gomez and James Milner are unlikely to be risked in this game, but new signings, Thiago Alcantara and Diogo Jota should both be available for selection.
Liverpool Predicted XI
Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Van Dijk, Robertson, Keita, Thiago, Wijnaldum, Salah, Firmino, Mane
Cédric Soares, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Kieran Tierney are also slight doubts for this game. The likes of Callum Chambers, Gabriel Martinelli and Pablo Marí remain sidelined due to injury.
Arsenal Predicted XI
Leno, Holding, Gabriel, Tierney, Bellerin, Ceballos, Xhaka, Maitland-Niles, Willian, Lacazette, Aubameyang
Both Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane are in red hot form for the Reds at the moment, so they will be hungry to find the back of the net and will carry most of the goal-scoring burden up top. Thiago Alcantara could make his full debut for the club as he looks to dominate the midfield battle and open up some decent goal-scoring openings for his teammates in the attacking third.
The defensive performance of Rob Holding, Gabriel and Kieran Tierney could very well end up determining the outcome of this upcoming showdown at Anfield. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will share most of the goal-scoring workload with Alexandre Lacazette while Willian looks to create some promising chances for them from the right flank.
The Merseyside giants are 9/20 favourites to pick up all three points on Monday night. The Gunners has been priced at 11/2 to emerge victorious away from home while the draw has been listed at 15/4.