Premier League, Liverpool vs Arsenal: Preview, Dream11 and more
High-flying Liverpool will be up against resurgent Arsenal in a crunch Premier League encounter at Anfield on Saturday. Both clubs have won their first two Premier League matches so far and have six points under their belt. It's expected to a crunch affair with Liverpool out to stop Unai Emery's men. Here is the complete match preview.
Liverpool's Naby Keita and Alisson are set to miss the game with respective injuries. Defender Dejan Lovren could be included in the squad following his return from illness. Meanwhile, Emery may give club-record signing Nicolas Pepe his full debut. However, Mesut Ozil and Granit Xhaka will face late fitness tests after illness and injury respectively.
"We need to take our best performance, to go there with good feeling thinking we can achieve that individual and collective performance. We are looking to go there and show that," said Arsenal boss Emery. "Both teams are offensive-oriented. Arsenal will probably change at least two key positions, Pepe will start and won't make them weaker, and maybe Xhaka," said Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp.
Liverpool's Adrian is our choice as the keeper of this Dream11 side. Trent Alexander-Arnold and Nacho Monreal are the full-backs. David Luiz and Virgil van Dijk form the central defensive partnership. The mid-field comprises of Nicolas Pepe, Dani Ceballos and Jordan Henderson. The attack sees Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (vice-captain) as the central striker. Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane (captain) lend support.
The Reds are unbeaten in their last eight matches against Arsenal. Arsenal haven't won any of their last six league games at Anfield. The Gunners are aiming to win the first three games of a top-flight season for only the ninth time in their history. Aubameyang has scored nine goals in his last seven games across all competitions.
The match is set to be telecast live on the Star Sports Network and can be streamed on Hotstar (paid subscription). The match is scheduled for a 10:00 PM IST start. Liverpool enter the match as the favorite team to win this battle.