?Liverpool will be looking to bounce back from Monday’s 3-1 defeat to Leicester City in the brightest possible way on Saturday’s late kick-off, as they host Arsenal at Anfield.
?Jurgen Klopp now seems to have fully put his eggs in Simon Mignolet’s Belgian basket, opting for the former Sunderland man’s experience over Loris Karius’ development.
Fans may not be filled with confidence with either option, but Mignolet’s shot-stopping ability can be very impressive, even if he lacks authority in organising the rest of the back line.
?Lucas Leiva caught a lot of the criticism aimed at the Reds in Monday’s defeat at the King Power, for being played out of position when Ragnar Klavan was available on the bench. Yet Klopp stuck with the Brazillian, seeing him as the first choice deputy for Dejan Lovren.
With Lovren now approaching full fitness, Klopp may opt to use the Croatian out of necessity. The rest of the back four lines up in a familiar fashion.
One of the key factors in Liverpool’s abject performance against the Foxes was the complete lack of leadership in Liverpool’s midfield.
Jordan Henderson has anchored the Red’s midfield all season, adding a positional awareness to the engine room, as well as linking the defence and the attack. Emre Can may have the physical edge over Henderson, put too often elects to pass sideways, rather than keep the tempo of Liverpool’s play at a high level.
?Liverpool fans must be eternally grateful for Sadio Mane, who has hit the ground running since fully returning to the starting XI after the Africa Cup of Nations.
The Senegalese wide man tore Tottenham to shreds in Liverpool’s last home game, and provides such an outlet in terms of goals and assists, that he is making up for Roberto Firmino’s lack of goals in recent games.
Philippe Coutinho scored the consolation goal at the King power on Monday, and will be hoping that he can have more of an impact against a team that won’t defend as deeply as Leicester did.