This Saturday evening, Liverpool face their toughest test of the Premier League campaign so far.

Arsenal are the visitors and Unai Emery’s side has started the season in solid form, with wins at Newcastle and home to Burnley.

With 30 goals in the last six meetings at Anfield between these two teams, Liverpool need to focus on shoring up what has, so far, been a shaky looking backline.

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Alisson’s injury hasn’t helped, of course, with the players having grown accustomed to the Brazilian’s leadership and communication style at the back over the last 12 months. His injury means that Adrian has had to step into a far more active role in the team than he would have expected, less than a month after his arrival at the club.

Arsenal is the only other team along with Liverpool to still have a 100% record after only two Premier League games.

They’ve scored three goals in their two games so far with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang netting in both fixtures. Against Burnley, Alexandre Lacazette also made a goal for himself from a seemingly impossible position.

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While Liverpool have managed six goals already, they are yet to keep a clean sheet.


The main thing is that The Reds are winning. However, the lack of a solid defensive structure, especially when compared to the same early-season period last year, will surely be causing Klopp and his backroom team some concern.

Aubameyang and Lacazette are already off the mark and Dani Ceballos seems to have settled into the team immediately. Liverpool’s defence will have plenty to deal with against The Gunners.

It looks like Klopp is yet to decide on who Virgil van Dijk’s regular partner will be at the heart of the defence with Joel Matip and Joe Gomez both fighting for the one spot.

Whoever gets the nod on Saturday evening could be in for a very, very tough evening trying to keep Aubameyang and co quiet.

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