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Arsenal vs. Liverpool: Match Preview, Team News, and Ways to Watch

Liverpool kick off their season against Arsenal at the Emirates.

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And we're back! It's been a summer jam-packed with football, from the Euro finals, to the Copa America, to the ongoing summer Olympics, but there's nothing quite like watching Liverpool play. Klopp's Reds kick-off the season with a bang, traveling to the Emirates Stadium to take on Arsenal. It's the first of four straight away games -€” three in the league and one in the EFL Cup -- that make up Liverpool's August schedule before they finally play at Anfield in September.

Last week was a strange one for Liverpool. After beating Barcelona at Wembley 4-0, they then traveled to Germany and lost to Mainz by the same margin. Playing two games in 24 hours is an odd way to end a long, nine-game pre-season for the Reds, but hopefully it has given Klopp some insight into his best XI going forward.

Expected to make their Liverpool league debuts are new signings Ragnar Klavan€” and Sadio Mané, a player who has excited fans with some excellent performances in the pre-season.

Though Klopp is light in defense with injuries to Loris Karius, Mamadou Sakho, and Joe Gomez, he has plenty of choices up front. Daniel Sturridge is set to miss this match due to a hip problem, but that still leaves Klopp a choice between three excellent options up front: Divock Origi, Roberto Firmino, or Danny Ings.

Expectations will be high for the first game of Klopp's first full season with the club. He's brought in some inspired signings this summer, and along with them the promise of more goals and high octane pace that will be a welcome sight for the Liverpool faithful.

Liverpool will be missing several key players for this game, but thanks to injuries and international commitments, Arsenal are missing even more. Center-backs Per Mertesacker and Gabriel Paulista are both injured, while Laurent Koscielny, Mesut Ozil, and Olivier Giroud may miss out due to lack of match fitness after their post-Euro breaks. Wenger will need to do some creative work with his back line if Koscielny isn't ready, and so it may be Callum Chambers and either left-back Nacho Monreal or new signing Rob Holding starting at center-back for the Gunners.

Jack Wilshere, on the other hand, has been deemed fit to play, and Wenger rushed back his Chilean superstar Alexis Sanchez to lead the line. Wenger's new Swiss signing Granit Xhaka should be making his league debut.

For Liverpool:

Clyne, Lovren, Klavan, Moreno
Can, Henderson
Mané, Firmino, Coutinho

Educated guesses about Klopp's preferred starting XI can be made, but we won't know for sure until Sunday. It's possible that Firmino will be playing up top. If that happens, Lallana will be in the mix somewhere, probably deeper in midfield. And that doesn't take into account whether James Milner or Daniel Sturridge have beat the injury clock in time to make the team.

Mamadou Sakho and Joe Gomez are two center-backs that definitely won't be available to Klopp on Sunday. Lucas Leiva is also injured. New boys Loris Karius and Marko Grujic will have to wait before making their debuts while they heal from a broken hand and a concussion respectively. James Milner and Daniel Sturridge, as mentioned, are doubtful for this match.

Kickoff is set for 4:00PM BST / 11:00AM EST Sunday. Television coverage will be on Sky Sports 1 in the UK and NBC Sports Network for the US. Elsewhere, Optus Sport in Australia, Sportsnet World in Canada, SuperSport 3 Africa in Kenya, Star Sports 4 Asia in India, and Astro SuperSport 4 in Malaysia are carrying the match. You can find other listings at LiveSoccerTV. For Online radio, fans worldwide can check out LFCTV GO.

We'll be keeping you updated with all the buildup to the game, including team news as it's released, our live matchday thread and post-match recaps from The Liverpool Offside staff. If you want to join the discussion, sign up for an SB Nation account to have your say on all the action as it happens.

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