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Liverpool Vs Arsenal: Match preview, key numbers and predicted lineup

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The Premier League is back in action after the international break with Matchday 12 as Liverpool host Arsenal at Anfield on Saturday.

Liverpool vs Arsenal: Preview

Liverpool have made a decent start to the new season and sit fourth in the Premier League table. The Reds have picked up 22 points from 11 Premier League matches. While Arsenal have grown into the new season as they were dead last in the Premier League after game week 3, having picked up 0 points. But now they sit fifth in the Premier league table just below Liverpool with 20 points.

Liverpool suffered defeat at the London Stadium at the hands of West Ham United last game week. This defeat ended Liverpool’s 20 games unbeaten run in the Premier League. Arsenal picked up yet another three points as they beat Watford 1-0 at the Emirates. While the Gunners can move into the top four in the table with a victory over Liverpool this weekend.

Key numbers

Since Jurgen Klopp took over at Liverpool, Arsenal have managed to beat the Reds only once in 11 Premier League meetings between the sides.

The reds have thrashed Arsenal in the last 5 Premier League matches at Anfield. While they have also netted at least three goals in each one of these matches.

The Gunners are currently on the longest unbeaten run of any side in the Premier League. They are unbeaten in their last eight league matches, having picked up six wins and two draws during this run.

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Mohamed Salah has an exceptional record against Arsenal. Salah has recorded seven goals and set up a further two for his teammates in nine appearances against the Gunners.

With Liverpool‘s defeat against West Ham United, their last three defeats in the league have come against the London sides. They lost consecutive matches to Chelsea and Fulham before the 20 games unbeaten run.

Arsenal have kept two consecutive clean sheets in the Premier League and have kept six clean sheets in their last nine league matches.

Predicted lineup

Liverpool:

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Alisson (GK): Despite the horror show last time against West Ham United, he should keep his place in the Liverpool goal.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (RB): The right-back picked up a hattrick of assist in England’s victory over San Marino and will be looking to maintain that form.

Virgil van Dijk (CB): He has looked a shadow of himself in recent weeks, but still is Liverpool’s best defender.

Joel Matip (CB): Preferred over Ibrahim Konate by Jurgen Klopp due to his experience in the Premier League and should start the game against Arsenal.

Kostas Tsimikas (LB): First choice left-back was taken off injured during Scotland’s clash against Denmark. Tsimikas could start the game at left-back.

Fabinho (DM): Fabinho is back from injury and should start the game at the base of midfield for Liverpool.

Thiago Alcantara (CM): Thiago has spent the majority of the time on the sidelines this season. But with the current midfield injury crisis, Thiago could get a chance back into the lineup.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (CM): With injuries to Jordan Henderson and Naby Keita, Alex should start the game in the middle of the park.

Mohamed Salah (RW): With the sort of form Salah has been in this season, he is a nailed-on pick for Liverpool.

Sadio Mane (LW): Mane was taken off injured with a suspicion of a rib injury, but the Senegal manager described the substitution as a reaction. So Mane should be fit to start the clash.

Diogo Jota (ST):  Roberto Firmino is out until mid-December with an injury, so Jota should be starting as the striker for the foreseeable future.

Arsenal:

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Aaron Ramsdale (GK): Ramsdale made his England debut in midweek and has been in brilliant form this season.

Takehiro Tomiyasu (RB): Ever since his move to Arsenal, Tomiyasu has looked solid and dependable at the back. He looks all set at the first choice in his position.

Ben White (CB): The ex-Brighton man has been in good form at the back for Arsenal and has established a good partnership with Gabriel.

Gabriel (CB): Gabriel has been in a good form this season and has been great partnering with Ben White at the back.

Kieran Tierney (LB): Tierney made his return back to full fitness on international duty for Scotland. He should be preferred over Nuno Tavares to provide more defensive cover against Liverpool.

Thomas Partey (CM): Partey pulled out of the Ghana squad due to an injury, but should be fit to start in the middle of the park for Arsenal.

Albert Sambi-Lokonga (CM): With Granit Xhaka still out with an injury, Sambi-Lokonga looks set to start in the Liverpool clash.

Bukayo Saka (RM): Saka is Arsenal’s biggest prospect and Arsenal’s most dangerous attacker at times and looks all set to start for the Gunner in years to come.

Emile Smith Rowe (LM): Smith Rowe made his debut for England during the international break and also scored on his second appearance for England. He has been in brilliant goalscoring form for Arsenal and is a nailed-on pick in the starting lineup.

Alexandre Lacazette (CAM): Lacazette scored on his last visit to Anfield and has a good scoring record against Liverpool.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (ST): The Arsenal captain is a nailed-on starter for Mikel Arteta’s side as his pace and energy could be vital against Liverpool. 

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