The Liverpool Lineup That Should Start Against Arsenal

13 July 2020 04:40

Liverpool head to London on Wednesday night to take on Arsenal at the Emirates for their fifth game as Premier League champions.

With the league already wrapped up, the Reds will have set their sights on matching Manchester City's record of 100 points in a season. After a minor blip in the form of a home draw to Burnley at the weekend, Jurgen Klopp's side have a chance to return to winning ways against the stagnating Gunners.

Here's how the Reds should lineup on Wednesday.

1. Goalkeepers & Defenders

Alisson punches the ball against Burnley

Alisson (GK) - Despite missing nearly two months of Premier League action at the start of the season, Alisson has 13 clean sheets to his name - the third most in the league - and has been an integral part of Liverpool's recent successes.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (RB) - Having been rested at the weekend, TAA is expected to return to the lineup on Wednesday night. The dynamic full back has revolutionised his position, contributing 12 Premier League assists this term from defence. Only Kevin De Bruyne has more.

Virgil van Dijk (CB) - Captaining the squad in the absence of Jordan Henderson and James Milner, Van Dijk provides a calm and composed aura to Liverpool's lineup. The reigning PFA Players' Player of the Year has been imperious in defence for the Reds this season.

Joe Gomez (CB) - When the England international is paired with Van Dijk, the results are extraordinary. Gomez utilises his pace and athleticism to complement his partner and mentor in defence.

Andrew Robertson (LB) - Similar in style to his right-sided teammate, Robertson loves to bomb down the left and contribute to attacking phases of play. The Scotland international captain has made 33 Premier League starts this term for the Reds.

2. Midfielders

Keita came on as a substitute on Saturday

Fabinho (DM) - Since recovering from a mid-season ligament injury, Fabinho, in his second season at the club, has settled into a more regular starting role. His hard work and tenacity has been a massive part of Liverpool's recent triumphs.

Georginio Wijnaldum (CM) - The Netherlands international will be looking to bounce back from a lacklustre performance against Burnley. With Henderson and Milner out, Wijnaldum's experience and dynamism may prove vital in overcoming the Gunners.

Naby Keita (CM) - Youngster Curtis Jones was given a run out at the weekend but expect Keita to reclaim a place in the starting lineup. The Guinean midfielder impressed in the wins over Brighton and Aston Villa, and the absence of Hendo and Milner grants him the stage to shine.

3. Forwards

Mane, Salah and Firmino have led Liverpool's title charge

Mohamed Salah (RW) - Salah has been one of Liverpool's most consistent players this season. The tricky winger has contributed 19 goals and nine assists in 31 league appearances so far, and he loves going up against the Gunners too. Salah has five goals in as many games against Arsenal since moving to Anfield.

Sadio Mane (LW) - The reigning African Player of the Year had a fine game against Burnley despite his side dropping points. Only Salah has been involved in more goals this season for the Reds, so expect Mane to be in the thick of it on Wednesday.

Roberto Firmino (ST)
- Without a goal since the restart, Firmino will likely retain his place in the squad through his impeccable link up play with his fellow forwards. The midweek clash against Arsenal provides the perfect opportunity to end his goalscoring drought.

Source: 90min