The Merseyside club’s 20-game unbeaten run in the top-flight was ended by West Ham United just before the international break. The result left Liverpool four points adrift of early pacesetters Chelsea and just two ahead of Arsenal in fifth.
Jurgen Klopp will be particularly worried about his side’s home form; Liverpool have only won two of their five league games at Anfield so far this season (D3).
However, they do have a sensational home record against the Gunners. Liverpool have won five straight home league games against the north London club, last tasting defeat way back in 2012.
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Liverpool’s injury crisis deepened during the international break, with Jordan Henderson, Andrew Robertson and Sadio Mane picking up injuries.
Klopp revealed on Friday that Henderson and Robertson didn’t train with the team and that he would take a late call on their fitness. Mane, however, is expected to be available.
Roberto Firmino, Joe Gomez, James Milner, Naby Keita, Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott have all been ruled out due to injury.
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Alisson will be looking to bounce back after a nightmare against West Ham. The Brazilian keeper was criticised for his role in all three of the Hammers’ goals and he will be hoping to put that display behind once and for all.
Jurgen Klopp is unlikely to tinker with his backline despite their horror show against West Ham. That means Joel Matip will partner Virgil van Dijk at the heart of the defence once again.
Trent Alexander-Arnold will start at right-back in the Liverpool lineup. The 23-year-old is coming off a sensational display for England in which he provided a hat-trick of assists.
If fit, Robertson will slot in at left-back. However, if the Scotland international is unavailable, Kostas Tsimikas is likely to feature.
Fabinho did not train on Thursday, but Klopp confirmed that it was because the Brazilian midfielder was taking part in a “recovery session”. The 28-year-old is expected to feature alongside former Arsenal man Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Jordan Henderson, meanwhile, is in a race against time to be fit. If he misses out, Thiago Alcantara could be handed a rare start.
With Firmino unavailable, Diogo Jota will lead the line for Liverpool once again. Mohamed Salah will feature from the right. The Egyptian enjoys playing against Arsenal, having scored seven goals and provided two assists in nine league matches against the north London club.
Sadio Mane picked up a rib injury on international duty, but has been passed fit and will keep his spot on the left. The Senegal forward will be looking to add to his tally of six league goals this season.