Predicted Liverpool line-up v Arsenal - Firmino and Keita to start
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Predicted Liverpool line-up v Arsenal - Firmino and Keita to start

Liverpool are finally back in action after a 20-day hiatus following the international break.

The reigning Premier League champions travel to the Emirates Stadium to face Arsenal on Saturday.

A number of Jurgen Klopp’s Reds were in action over the last couple of weeks, although several stars remained on Merseyside, notably Trent Alexander-Arnold.

This makes it a little easier to predict in terms of how the team will set up, at least.

Also, we have to factor in next Tuesday’s gargantuan Champions League encounter against Real Madrid. Klopp could want to rest key personnel ahead of the trip to Spain, after all.

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From the back

Perhaps the manager’s easiest decision lies with his defensive unit. Klopp isn’t exactly spoilt for choice, so his back-four could remain as it was before the break.

Alisson Becker, of course, will start in-between the sticks, while Andy Robertson and Alexander-Arnold will take up their usual roles.

Moreover, Liverpool’s blossoming defensive pairing of Ozan Kabak and Nathaniel Phillips will likely be reinstated.

Midfield and attack

Now, further forward is where things begin to get tricky.

Other than Jordan Henderson, Klopp is blessed with a welcomed dilemma of who to pick in midfield.

While Gini Wijnaldum and Thiago Alcantara were away on international duty, the likes of Fabinho, Naby Keita, Curtis Jones, James Milner and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain remained on Merseyside.

Wijnaldum, in particular, needs to be managed carefully having started and captained his country in all three of the Netherlands’ World Cup qualifiers.

Thiago, too, shouldn’t be risked if Klopp has intentions of utilising his European pedigree against Zinedine Zidane next week.

So, Klopp could experiment and deploy a midfield triumvirate we haven’t seen yet this season.

Fabinho in the holding role picks itself, while we are predicting Klopp to be bold and pair together Jones and Keita.

In attack, the one player Liverpool can ill-afford to get injured ahead of a make-or-break week is arguably Diogo Jota.

The 24-year-old was up to his usual goalscoring tricks as he scored three goals in two matches for Portugal.

With that said, Klopp could be saving Jota for the Madrid bout next week.

Also, with Roberto Firmino returning to training this week, Klopp has a welcomed excuse to get the Brazilian back into the starting XI.

Jota, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Thiago and Wijnaldum are amongst a few exciting options for Klopp to call upon from the bench.

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