When Jürgen Klopp arrived at Anfield in 2015 he promised to bring an exciting, attacking brand of football to one of England’s most decorated clubs, and with his current crop he’s certainly doing that.
‘The Fab Four’, as they’ve been termed, of Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino, Mo Salah and Sadio Mané have been in rampant form this season, and their manager will be hoping that their goals further up the Premier League table than their current 4th place.
If they’re to do that, however, a string of wins must be put together, starting with Arsenal tonight. The Reds have enjoyed some success at The Emirates in recent years, but Klopp will have to get his team selection right if he’s to add another positive result to his collection. This is the XI we expect him to go with:
|PLAYER||% MINS PLD||GLS||AST.|
|0||0||3 / 0|
|0||2||3 / 1|
|0||0||1 / 0|
|1||0||4 / 0|
|0||1||0 / 0|
|1||1||2 / 0|
|1||2||1 / 0|
|2||2||1 / 0|
|19||4||0 / 0|
|10||7||0 / 0|
|12||6||1 / 0|
|Totals||46||25||16 / 1|
|LINE-UP COMBINED RECORD|
|LAST MATCH - 17 Dec 2017|
0 - 4
|0 - 1|
|0 - 2|
|0 - 3|
|0 - 4|
|TOTAL PREMIER LEAGUE EXPERIENCE|
Liverpool’s defensive stability is always the cause of much discussion in the press, but their record this season has actually been rather good. Ragnar Klavan and Dejan Lovren have been key to that, and they look set to continue here.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain received the man of the match award for his performance in Liverpool’s 4-0 win at Bournemouth last week, as the former Gunner begins to find his feet at his new club. He looks set to start in midfield once again and take his first chance to show Arsenal fans what they’re missing.
Mo Salah has been one of the revelations of the season, bagging 19 goals already. He will once again be trusted to propel Liverpool forward, with Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho providing plenty of support in what is a quite frightening front 3.
Overall, it’s an incredibly strong Liverpool side, and one that has every chance of going to The Emirates and claiming a big victory. With odds of 40/1 available to new Betfair customers on the away win, they’re well worth backing.
This is backed up in KickOff’s all new Acca Smacker, which uses our unique predictive algorithm to give Liverpool a 31% chance of victory. It’s not quite as strong as Arsenal’s 42%, but given that the Gunners are at home it exemplifies just how close these two are.
There is real reason for Liverpool cheer when flicking over to the ‘Form Stats’ tab. Using 18 key data points, 9 attacking and 9 defensive, from the past 10 games for each side, KickOff compares the two sides and finds that Liverpool come out on top in 11 of them to Arsenal’s 1. They are the form side here, and have every chance of keeping that going with another win.