Liverpool only have 2 midfielders guaranteed to face Arsenal tomorrow
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Liverpool only have 2 midfielders guaranteed to face Arsenal tomorrow

Liverpool can only count on two midfielders v Arsenal tomorrow. The Reds are in the midst of a slight injury crisis.

Jurgen Klopp ran over Liverpool’s injury situation on Friday. There was a lot to cover.

The Reds currently lack players in defence, midfield and attack coming out of the international break. Midfield, though, is feeling it worst.

Three players – Curtis Jones, Naby Keita and James Milner – had problems heading into the break. Jones is definitely out for the next little while, with the other two likely back to face Porto at the earliest.

Fabinho arrived back late from Brazil duty and Klopp wasn’t 100% on his availability to face Arsenal. In fact, he wasn’t even sure he’d train on Friday.

And then there’s Jordan Henderson. The Liverpool captain left the England camp early with a problem and he’s not yet completely over it. Klopp again didn’t sound sure that he could count on the 30-year-old against Arsenal.

So with all of that, Liverpool are down to two full-fit midfielders.

Liverpool have 2 midfielders v Arsenal

Thiago and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Quite remarkably, Liverpool’s two most injury-prone midfielders are their only fully-fit options for Saturday.

That’s largely because of injuries, funnily enough. Thiago didn’t play for Spain as he was recovering from a problem, while injuries and inconsistent game-time continue to keep Oxlade-Chamberlain out of the England setup.

But they’re who Liverpool can count on at Anfield. Now, that’s not to say that no one else will be available.

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It sounds as though Fabinho wouldn’t be too big of a risk, while Henderson has been doing recovery work. There’s actually an outside chance of everyone except Jones and Harvey Elliott being okay for this one.

But Thiago and Oxlade-Chamberlain are the only two who seem certain to feature – or at least, feature as options for Klopp.

We happen to believe that Oxlade-Chamberlain could play an important role, in fact. As things stand, he’ll likely have to.

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