Liverpool expected to be without at least five for Arsenal clash

Liverpool will make the long trip south to take on Arsenal at the Emirates tomorrow afternoon, but will do so without five first-team players.

The Reds could well go into tomorrow’s game as the outsiders for the first time since Mikel Arteta took charge, and they are not likely to be helped by their absences either.

Liverpool have a glut of midfield problems, with all of Naby Keita, Curtis Jones, Arthur Melo and former Gunner Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain believed to be out. The biggest loss comes in the shape of Andy Robertson at left-back however.

While we are without Emile Smith Rowe and Mo Elneny, while there is a slight doubt about Oleksandr Zinchenko’s fitness after missing training earlier in the week, we have much less of a headache to deal with on our selection.

Even with a full strength team this term, Liverpool have been woeful, but this fixture is rarely easy.

Last season we came to battle with an advantage in regards to personnel also, but it didn’t work out in our favour…

Patrick

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12 Comments

  1. No doubt, the Mane-less Reds aren’t firing on all cylinders. VVD is showing signs of wear and tear. I predict an easy 3-0 win for the Arsenal. COYG.

  2. This is a very important game for both teams.In theory the odds are up against Liverpool but the team cannot be underestimated considering the quality they have.On records yes Arsenal is leading on the EPL table.As the old adage says -the game is not won until it is over for both teams.

  3. MA better be careful of his hdl.Wenger didnt bother and suffered humiliating defeats against the top teams. There must be a balance
    If the gunners lay sieze to the Pool goal with a passing frenzy,they will be caught.
    I expect not hope for Arsenal to win. 14 winless games have to be stopped .
    Oct 9 is a good day

  4. ARS vs LIV is not just an easy game to play for either sides. But looking at how consistently Arsenal have evolved overtime, I would say that even with a complete Liverpool team that Arsenal Will win the game. Now you can understand better.

  5. As title contenders, Arsenal should not be in awe of any football team. Momentum is with the Gunners and all the smart money is on all three points for the north London side.

  6. The headline seems to suggest Liverpool will start with just SIX players! But let that TYPICALLY misleading headline pass.
    The actual piece itself, indicates that ONLY ONE player , who is a real first choice, Andy Robertson, will miss out.
    In newspapers, this sort of deliberately misleading headline is used to sell copy.

    As in so many blogs and articles, on so many platforms of all sorts, my bette noire is reading a headline which turns out to be a gross distortion of the REAL TRUTH!

    1. “The headline seems to suggest Liverpool will start with just SIX players”
      No it doesn’t, it effectively states that 5 players will be unavailable. It doesn’t specify if that’s from the squad or the team that will be playing, but i think it’s fair enough to leave that up to the reader in the interests of brevity.

  7. Haha. How important are the players that would be missing?
    We shouldn’t underestimate any team, not to talk of Liverpool. They are a team to beat any day.

  8. Going forward though, our best back four is:
    LB Tierney LCB Saliba RCB White RB Tomi.

    Mangalese has to cut out the errors.

    And, it’s actually better for Tierney to play ahead of an unfit Zinchenko.

    Tierney is the more defensive, more physical and more blessed with ferocious pace. He has quickly upped his technical abilities and also learnt the tactical knowledge that’s almost making Zinchenko edge him out of Arteta’s first 11. Against top teams, Tierney should play ahead of Zinchenko.

    COYG.

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