Arsene Wenger and Jurgen Klopp go head to head in the first game for both clubs in the new Premier League season when Arsenal take on Liverpool at the Emirates on Sunday. It promises to be an exciting encounter as always and has got the fans of both the clubs buzzing ahead of the first game of the new season. Here are the predicted lineups for this game for both sides:
Arsenal have a number of key players unavailable for this game. Center backs Per Mertesacker, Gabriel Paulista and Laurent Koscielny are all out injured while the likes of Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud may not be considered having joined the squad late last week. Wilshere, Jenkinson and Welbeck are the other three absentees from the squad for this game. Here is the strongest line-up Wenger might field on the night against Liverpool:
The Czech international had a slow start to his Arsenal career but he was one of the most influential players late last season and will start in goal on Sunday.
The Spaniard was one of the stand-out performers for Wenger last season and will be one of the first names on the team sheet this season.
Injuries to both first team centre backs along with Paulist, the cover for the duo, will see midfielder Calum Chambers play a centre back role in this game against Liverpool.
The new summer signing for Arsenal, Rob Holding has enough experience in the English leagues and was promising in the pre-season to steal a place in the starting XI on Sunday.
The ever-reliable Nacho Monreal showed his worth in the second half of last season and will be a regular started for the Gunners this season on the right side of the back-four.
One of the very few summer signings from Arsene Wenger, Granit Xhaka will be responsible for taking care of the midfield duties against a ruthless Liverpool side on Sunday.
Mohamed El Neny:
Impressive performances late last season and also in the pre-season might see Wenger give the Egyptian international a chance in the midfield for this game against Liverpool.
Though injury-marred the second half of the previous season for the Spaniard, he is a superb player when on the song and with the captain’s armband in his possession, he will be an important player for Arsenal in this game and in the season ahead.
The 20-year old Nigerian national was sizzling for Arsenal in the pre-season and will warrant a place in the starting XI against Liverpool.
The Chilean will be at the centre of everything happening for Arsenal in the final third and his form will go a long way in deciding the result of this game.
The winger turned attacker was impressive for a while in the striker’s role for the Gunners last season and with Giroud and Welbeck unavailable, he will play as a false 9 in an inter-changing system for Arsene Wenger.
Jurgen Klopp is not missing many of his attacking options but he is a bit short at the back. The likes of Joel Matip and Mamadou Sakho are not available for this game with Klavan taking a place alongside Lovren a the back. The likes of James Milner and Lucas Leiva are absent from the midfield while Marko Grujic and Daniel Sturridge are doubtful for the game. Loris Karius is also unavailable for almost a month leaving Simon Mignolet on goal for the Reds. Here is Klopp’s strongest lineup to face Arsenal on Sunday:
The Belgian had a decent pre-season and will be hoping to prove his worth before Karius is back to take his place in the first team.
One of the first names on the team sheet for Liverpool, Clyne will have a big role to play in this game against the likes of Alexis Sanchez and will have to be at his best to keep him away from danger.
Easily the best defender for Liverpool in the pre-season, Lovren will be the first choice centre-back for Liverpool next season and will want to start the campaign with a decent game at the Emirates.
The experienced ex-Bundesliga defender was superb in the preseason and will need to do more of the same for Liverpool against Arsenal on Sunday.
The injury to James Milner means that Liverpool have only one option at left back in Moreno who will want to impress the Anfield faithful with an impressive performance.
The defensive midfielder for Liverpool this season, Emre Can will have to sit back and defender strongly to keep the Gunners away from his goal on Sunday.
The club captain will have a huge role to play in the midfield and will have to pull the strings for the club against a classy Arsenal side at the Emirates.
His impressive performances in the pre-season will warrant the England international with a place in the midfield for this game against Arsenal.
The summer buy who lit the pre-season with a goal against Barcelona will be hoping to make an instant impact on the Reds in this crunch game at the Emirates.
The most important player for Liverpool on the night, Phillipe Coutinho, will have to work hard to give his side a chance at winning this game against Arsenal.
The Brazilian has excelled in a striking role and was impressive in the pre-season games. He will have to lead the line for Liverpool as a false-9 for this game against Arsenal.