Liverpool predicted roster as Jurgen Klopp faces injury crisis for Arsenal clash


Liverpool face an injury crisis ahead of Monday’s Premier League clash with Arsenal with fears over Thiago Alcantara and Alisson. It was hoped that new signing Thiago would make his first start for Jurgen Klopp’s side against the Gunners, having replaced Jordan Henderson in last week’s win over Chelsea.

However, the Spanish midfielder missed training at Melwood this week – as has goalkeeper Alisson.

Both will have fitness tests on Monday morning, but they have major doubts ahead of two games against Arsenal in the span of four days, with Mikel Arteta’s side heading to Anfield again for the Carabao Cup shock on Thursday .

Henderson is still sidelined by the thigh injury that forced him to face Chelsea, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has a knee injury, so Klopp looks set to be left without three senior midfielders .

Fabinho looks set to return to midfield with questionable Jordan Henderson and Thiago Alcantara

The Liverpool boss is hopeful Fabinho can ease the injury crisis at the center of the park by returning to his normal duties, having served as a center-half last week amid injuries to Joel Matip and Joe Gomez.

Matip is out until October, but Gomez returned to training on Friday and should therefore be fit to resume his center-back partnership with Virgil Van Dijk.

This would allow Fabinho to play in midfield alongside Gini Wijnaldum and Naby Keita.

James Milner is a doubt for the game, but Klopp’s midfield options could also be bolstered by Curtis Jones, who impressed in the Carabao Cup win over Lincoln in midweek, scoring twice in one display all-action.

Thiago was expected to make his first Liverpool start against Arsenal

Alisson’s absence in training gives Jurgen Klopp a headache

However, Alisson’s absence from training is concerning. It’s not yet clear why neither the Thiago nor the No1 Reds have trained, but Klopp is hopeful his first-choice goalkeeper can play against the Gunners.

Alisson missed 10 games at the start of last season, and then more just before the lockout.

His assistant Adrian played well for the Brazilian at the start of last season, helping the Reds win the European Super Cup in a penalty shootout, but he was mediocre in losses to Chelsea and then the Atletico Madrid just before football closes.

Takumi Minamota, Xherdan Shaqiri and Divock Origi all scored against Lincoln last week while new signing Diogo Jota also made his debut, but they will likely have to settle for bench spots at best.

Thiago Alcantara blew fans away on his Liverpool debut - but came close to signing for rival Arsenal

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Liverpool started their title defense precariously as they beat a seven-goal thriller against Leeds.

In terms of transfers, the Reds have completed the signing of Thiago Alcantara and Wolves’ Diogo Jota has also arrived, in a shock deal worth a potential £ 45million.

Youngster Ki-Jana Hoever is expected to head to Wolves in a £ 10million deal, while Gini Wijnaldum continues to be linked with Barcelona. There are a lot of things to follow.

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Arsenal will likely have Kieran Tierney available following a groin problem, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Granit Xhaka and Willian are expected to return to the side after Arteta made changes for last week’s Carabao Cup victory at Leicester.

Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Cedric Soares (both calves), Pablo Mari (ankle), Shkodran Mustafi (hamstrings), Emile Smith Rowe (shoulder), Calum Chambers and Gabriel Martinelli (both knees) are all absent for the Gunners.

Liverpool predicted XI (4-3-3): Adrian; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, van Dijk, Robertson; Wijnaldum, Fabinho, Keita; Faux, Firmino, Mane.


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