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GILL CLARK Dani Ceballos of Arsenal and Sadio Mane of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Arsenal FC at Anfield on August 24, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom.
Liverpool welcome Arsenal to Anfield on Wednesday in a hotly anticipated Carabao Cup last-16 tie between the two Premier League rivals.
The Reds possess a perfect record at home this season, winning all five matches played in front of their own fans in all competitions, and are favourites to make it through to the quarter-finals.
Liverpool vs Arsenal: Who makes it into Jurgen Klopp’s best midfield?
Fabinho. Georginio Wijnaldum. Jordan Henderson. Since the final weeks of last season and into this campaign, Jurgen Klopp’s go-to midfield has been clear. But could that be about to change?
That trio started in Sunday’s 2-1 win over Tottenham, where Henderson slotted home a vital equaliser, and have now begun seven of Liverpool’s 10 Premier League matches this season.
After a gentle introduction, Fabinho has become one of the Premier League’s leading defensive midfielders, while, ahead of him, Henderson and Wijnaldum – described by Klopp as the “perfect midfielder” – provide the industry and energy to implement the intensive pressing demanded by their manager.
So why could a shake-up be on the cards? The answer lies with fit-again Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita.
Liverpool vs Arsenal
October 30, 2019, 7:00pm
On the back of a frustrating draw at Manchester United, which saw Liverpool struggle to open up their determined rivals, the more creative duo of Oxlade-Chamberlain and Keita stepped into Henderson and Wijnaldum’s shoes ahead of Fabinho for the Champions League trip to Genk last Wednesday.
It was an attacking set-up that had Liverpool supporters purring on social media ahead of kick-off and the pair impressed, with the Reds’ play running through Keita as he recorded a huge 140 touches, while Oxlade-Chamberlain put his extended injury layoff behind him with two superb strikes against their albeit limited opposition.
It may seem overly critical to scrutinise the Premier League leaders’ attacking play, given their brilliant start to the season, but creativity from midfield has emerged as something of a question mark.
Liverpool’s last five Premier League results have swung on one goal and after their near-relentless battle for the title with Manchester City last season, Klopp knows the margin for error this time around is likely to be extremely fine.
Currently, Wijnaldum and Henderson’s attacking figures are something of a concern. The pair have managed just one goal each so far, but while they can argue the onus on finding the net lies with Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane ahead of them, their supply to that frontline is low
Arsenal head into the match after throwing away a two-goal lead at home to Crystal Palace on Sunday in a 2-2 draw which saw captain Granit Xhaka respond angrily after being booed off by his own supporters.
Date: Wednesday, 30 October
Time: 7:30 p.m. GMT/3:30 p.m. ET
TV: Sky Sports Football (UK)
Live Stream: Sky Go (UK), ESPN + (U.S.)
Odds (courtesy of Oddschecker): Liverpool 4-5, Draw 14-5, Arsenal 16-5
Liverpool’s dominance this season has seen them move six points clear at the top of the Premier League and yet to taste defeat domestically. The only time the Reds have been beaten was in a 2-0 loss to Napoli in the UEFA Champions League in September.
The League Cup is not at the top of the club’s list of priorities but Liverpool will be keen to maintain their current form and pour more misery on an Arsenal side they beat 3-1 in the Premier League in August.
The Merseysiders come into the match after hitting back from a goal down to beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 on Sunday to maintain their impressive home form:
Manager Jurgen Klopp is likely to make changes to his team for this match and is expected to be without Mohamed Salah who took a knock to his ankle during the win over Spurs.
The Egypt international returned to training on Monday but will not be risked against Arsenal, according to David Lynch at the Evening Standard.
Klopp is likely to hand game time to fringe players such as Divock Origi and Adam Lallana, while youngsters Rhian Brewster, Ki-Jana Hoever and Harvey Elliott all started Liverpool’s win over MK Dons in the last round.
Arsenal head to Anfield in need of a result after some less-than-impressive domestic displays. A 1-0 defeat at Sheffield United was followed by a 2-2 draw against Palace which saw Xhaka hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons:
The Switzerland international is likely to be taken out of the firing line against Liverpool, but manager Unai Emery could start youngsters Emile Smith Rowe, Gabriel Martinelli, Joe Willock and Bukayo Saka.
Emery must also decide whether to bring Mesut Ozil in from the cold. The former Germany international has not featured since Arsenal’s win over Nottingham Forest in the last round, but his name has been chanted by fans in the Gunners’ last two matches.