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Klopp to mix up the midfield? Predicted 4-3-3 Liverpool line-up to face Arsenal at Anfield



Liverpool players celebrate win

Liverpool will have to be at their best as they face Arsenal at Anfield on Saturday. The Reds enjoy a six-point lead at the top of the table after their win over Newcastle United, with Tottenham breathing down their neck.

The Reds drew 1-1 against the Gunners at the Emirates earlier in the season but should start the game as slight favourites for this clash.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is leading the goal-scoring charts in the Premier League and we have to be wary of the threat posed by the Gunners. The Reds play Manchester City after this clash and keeping that game in mind, here is my predicted line-up.

Predicted Liverpool XI

Formation: 4-3-3

Manager: Jurgen Klopp

Alisson (GK)

Another game, and another clean sheet. Alisson was great for us against the Magpies and needs to be vigilant against the Gunners too.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (RB)

Trent provided an assist in the last game and should remain in the side ahead of the fit-again Nathaniel Clyne.

Dejan Lovren Liverpool

Dejan Lovren celebrates for Liverpool

Dejan Lovren (CB)

The Croatian would love to repeat his goalscoring antics against Newcastle on Saturday as we face the Gunners.

Virgil van Dijk (CB)

The best defender in the Premier League will have to deal with the threat of a quality Arsenal attack.

Andy Robertson (LB)

Ideally, Robertson needs a break but with Alberto Moreno and James Milner having knocks, the Scot has to start.

Fabinho of Liverpool

Fabinho bossed Manchester United

Fabinho (CM)

The Brazilian came off the bench to score the final goal against Newcastle and needs to do a great job in cutting out Arsenal’s threat from the midfield.

Georginio Wijnaldum (CM)

Wijnaldum should continue in the team for the clash against the Gunners on Saturday.

Jordan Henderson (CM)

The captain was brilliant against Newcastle but will face a tougher test against Arsenal’s battling midfield.

Sadio Mane (LW)

Mane needs to find his scoring boots after missing some glorious chances on Wednesday, but he should start for us at Anfield.

Mohamed Salah of Liverpool

Mohamed Salah scores against Newcastle

Mohamed Salah (RW)

Salah tormented the Newcastle defence and the Liverpool attacker could be shifted out wide for this clash.

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Roberto Firmino (ST)

The Brazilian should take up the striker’s role against the Gunners and hopefully, he finds the back of the net.

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Bad news for Liverpool? Gary Neville claims Man City will have this advantage over the Reds during next two Premier League match days



Gary Neville

Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville claims that Manchester City have an advantage over Liverpool in the next two rounds of the Premier League.

The Reds played before City in the last weekend and piled on the pressure after defeating Crystal Palace. City made light work of Huddersfield and will play before the Reds after the FA Cup and Carabao Cup games.

Neville was speaking to Sky Sports (h/t Express) and claimed playing first was preferable:

“[It makes] a big difference.

“It’s preferable.”

The Sky Sports pundit further claimed that during his playing days at United, the team felt playing first was an advantage. Getting the points first before their rivals was always preferred, according to Neville, and he believed City will put the pressure on Liverpool.

“Either go further in front or close the gap. There’s no doubt it’s a different type of pressure.

“City will absolutely want to be closing that gap to one point, and asking Liverpool have they got it in them to stand the pressure of playing the day after or two days after.”

Liverpool celebrate win over Crystal Palace

Liverpool players celebrate a win

City play Newcastle away a day before we host Leicester City. Pep Guardiola’s men then host Arsenal a day prior to us travelling to West Ham United.

The Premier League champions can cut the lead to just one point before we face Leicester, and it will be important for us to respond in the perfect manner, irrespective of City’s result.

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Liverpool haven’t dropped many points this season, and if we win these two Premier League games, the pressure will be back on our rivals as the race for the title heats up.

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“This makes me very happy”, “Extremely happy for him” – Some Liverpool fans excited as star Englishman returns to training in Dubai



Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Liverpool

Liverpool are off to the sunny shores of Dubai for a much-needed warm weather break. The Reds lead the Premier League but came off two tough wins in recent weeks.

The last one saw us just about defeat Crystal Palace at Anfield and a few players are doubtful for the clash against Leicester City.

Fabinho and Trent Alexander-Arnold are facing fitness issues, however, there was some good news for the Liverpool fans as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was caught training in Dubai.

The Englishman picked up an ACL injury in our Champions League tie against AS Roma last season and has not played for the side since.

The Reds have missed his driving runs and goals this season. Who knows what the team could have done if Liverpool had Oxlade-Chamberlain playing from the first game in this campaign!

It would be fantastic if we can have the Ox back for some games during the later stage of the season as we look to win a trophy under Jurgen Klopp.

The Reds hold a four-point lead over Manchester City and have some tough games remaining this season.

Several fans were excited over Ox’s training and here are some of their reactions from Twitter.

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“He sometimes sends me messages” – Virgil van Dijk cannot believe this Liverpool legend texts him prior to games



Virgil van Dijk of Liverpool

Virgil van Dijk in training

Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk has revealed that club legend Sir Kenny Dalglish messages the Dutchman before games.

Van Dijk is one of the best defenders in the world and has helped the Reds to the top of the Premier League.

The Dutchman joined the Reds from Southampton last year and told about spoke about the King being open with Van Dijk:

“Kenny Dalglish gave me his mobile number in the very beginning and told me to ring him at any time.

“It is unbelievable when he sometimes sends me messages before games. That is what Liverpool is about.”

The defender added that on match-days he gets to meet many legends and learn more about the club’s history.

The Dutch defender has possibly been the best player for the Reds this season, and could reach legendary status, just like Kenny if he keeps doing the job at the back.

It isn’t just Van Dijk who has been great, the rest of the Liverpool back-four has been fantastic in most games. The Dutchman is an incredible presence at the back, and he seems to make players better if they play alongside him.

The Reds have one of the best defences in Europe, and should we keep things tight at the back, there is a chance of winning silverware under Jurgen Klopp.

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If the Dutchman helps us to the Premier League title, there is no doubt he would be considered as one of the best to have ever played for Liverpool.

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