With Jordan Henderson and Naby Keïta both injured and unavailable for Jürgen Klopp this weekend, Liverpool can’t say they have a clean bill of health heading into their important match against a surprisingly surging Arsenal side on Saturday.
Arsenal, though, have it far worse. With six currently injured, nobody in England’s top flight has a longer list of unavailable first team players than Unai Emery, who will miss Laurent Koscielny, Hector Bellerin, Mo Elneny, and Konstantinos Mavropanos.
Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac are also doubtful due to injury, though neither have been ruled out for the weekend just yet. Emery will also be without young midfielder Matteo Guendouzi after he saw red in the League Cup against Blackpool.
If Arsenal had a clean bill of health, Guendouzi’s absence might not be a major issue, but with injuries elsewhere the 19-year-old has been called upon 12 times in all competitions already by Emery and has been key to the Gunners’ early success.
All told, then, Arsenal will be without five to seven players who would have been in contention to start when they take on Liverpool as the Reds look for three points to keep pace with Man City and Arsenal look close to within a point of the Reds.
Arsenal started the season with a pair of losses to fellow top four sides City and Chelsea, but since that shaky start the Gunners have gone on a run of seven wins and a draw—including victories over top half Everton and Watford.