Liverpool hope to make it three wins in three in their pursuit of a second successive Premier League crown in the 2020/21 campaign.
Jurgen Klopp has yet again started with on a high note with Liverpool for the 2020-2021 season. In the previous season, the club had a fantastic start as well and was even expected to beat the Arsenal invincible record. Although the record was not matched or broken, the Reds still managed to win the Premier League after 30 years.
The team looked shaky in their first match against Leeds United but still managed to pull off a 4-3 victory against the newly-promoted side. In their next match against Chelsea, they showed a more convincing performance cruising to a 2-0 victory over Frank Lampard’s side.
The champions will now be set to face another formidable opponent in Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal. Like Liverpool, the Gunners have also managed to win both the initial fixtures with a 3-0 victory over Fulham and a 2-1 win over West Ham.
The North London side have already faced Klopp’s Liverpool recently in the Community Shield finals, which they won on penalties. If they play with the same intensity and passion it could mean trouble for the German coach as Arsenal were the bigger threats and favourites to win in the regulation time during that game.
As for players that will not be starting in the match, the Reds will be missing out on their captain Jordan Henderson and defender Joel Matip. There are doubts over the condition of Joe Gomez as he picked up a knock in the match against Chelsea, but he was seen training with the team on Friday which suggests that he might start against Arsenal.
In the line-up against Arteta’s side, Liverpool is likely to run with the 4-3-3 formation.
Although there are minor doubts over Allison Becker’s condition as well, the Brazilian will probably be the one to start in front of the goal. Due to the current state of Joe Gomez, Klopp is likely to play the same backline as was against Chelsea which featured Trent Alexander-Arnold, Andy Robertson, Fabinho and Virgil van Dijk.
Going into the match, the defence might be a matter of concern as the backline seemed to crumble against the fluid football of Leeds, and with Arsenal being known for their fluidity as well Klopp might have to make tactical changes to keep the ball out of their goal.
In the middle of the park, Thiago Alcantara might be making his first start of the club alongside Naby Keita and Georginio Wijanldum. Thiago will be started as a replacement for Henderson, and with his record-breaking performance against the Blues where he made 75 passes in just 45 minutes, a lot will be expected out of the Spaniard.
With Thiago dictating the midfield, Keita would be expected to play his usual role pressing high up in the pitch and finding through balls to Sadio Mane or Mohammed Salah. Wijnaldum also being a regular starter will again most likely be featured in the starting eleven for Liverpool, keeping the ball in the opposition’s half and providing relentless pressure to the midfield and backline.
Roberto Firminho will be the player likely to start ahead of newly arrived player Diogo Jota in the striker position. The Brazilian will be expected to play his usual role of the false nine, falling deep and assisting in attack alongside Mane and Salah, who will try to get in the box and play more central. looking to find the back of the net.
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