There’s still about 24 hours for Barcelona to make their reported fourth bid for Philippe Coutinho before Liverpool host Arsenal at Anfield -- for maximum disruption, doncha know — but right now the Reds should be going into this match on a high. On Wednesday, the team officially qualified for the group stages of the Champions League with an emphatic return-leg victory against Hoffenheim.
While frailties in the back are glaringly obvious and Liverpool continues to leak soft goals, the attack is as exciting as it’s ever been. With contributions from Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, and Sadio Mané, fans will be daydreaming about a future with Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana — and maybe a new signing or two -- added to the mix. For now, though, Klopp is likely to field the same line-up that deconstructed Hoffenheim midweek.
Arsenal, for their part, are coming off of a deflating defeat against Stoke City last weekend. However, this match should see the return of both Alexis Sánchez from injury and Laurent Koscielny, who will be back from suspension. Speaking of leaking goals, Arsenal has conceded four in their first two games: three in their victory over Leicester City and one in their loss to Stoke City. With Sánchez, Lacazette, and Özil up front, look for it to be an open, entertaining — probably high-scoring— game all the way around, with the winner being the team whose defense craps the bed the least.
Plenty is going to be made of the transfer shake-ups still to come for both teams, with Coutinho still unsettled for Liverpool, and Oxlade-Chamberlain apparently on the move for Arsenal, possibly even to Anfield. Thankfully this is the last league match before the summer transfer window officially slams shut, and so it’s the last time we’ll have to deal with #narrative for a while.
For Liverpool (4-3-3):
Mignolet; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Lovren, Moreno; Can, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mané
The only real questions for Klopp come from his fullbacks. I think Alexander-Arnold and Moreno are his preferred choices right now, but we may see Robertson, who had a fine game against Crystal Palace, regain his place. Gomez could see more minutes in for Alexander-Arnold, if only to give young legs a break.
Daniel Sturridge and Dominic Solanke are also available, but look for one or both of them to come off the bench if the game calls for it. Adam Lallana and Nathaniel Clyne are both injured, while Philippe Coutinho is “sick” and unavailable.
Calum Chambers, Santi Cazorla, and Joel Campbell are all unavailable for Arsenal.
Kickoff is set for 4PM BST/11AM EST tomorrow on Sky Sports in the UK. Elsewhere, Optus Sport in Australia, Sportsnet World in Canada, DAZN in Germany, Star Sports Select HD1 in India, Supersport3 Africa in Kenya/Nigeria/South Africa, Astro On the Go and Astro Supersport 3 in Malaysia, 102 (HD) mio Stadium in Singapore, and NBC Sports Live in the US are carrying the match. BBC Radio and LFCTV Go provide online options to follow the game. You can find full listings at LivesoccerTV.
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