Liverpool could be without FIVE players for the Arsenal clash as a result of many injuries at Anfield.
Liverpool has a significant disadvantage against Arsenal this weekend with Jurgen Klopp potentially without five players.
On Sunday, October 9, the Gunners will host the Reds at the Emirates Stadium in an effort to capitalize on their opponents’ expanding injury list.
With Klopp winning both of the last two meetings, Mikel Arteta’s top-of-the-table team has failed to defeat Liverpool in any of their previous five efforts.
With the team currently in excellent form, the Arsenal manager will definitely seek to correct the record.
And, the Gunners have been handed a late boost as they look to extend their run as Premier League leaders.
Arsenal are missing some key players of their own but, with a fifth player joining Andy Robertson on the doctor’s table, the north Londoners will heading into the bout with a skip in their step.
Five players Liverpool could be without for the Arsenal clash
Arthur has suffered a muscle injury and will miss the blockbuster clash, according to Klopp when speaking in the pre-match press conference. The 26-year-old, who joined Liverpool on loan late into the summer transfer window, was absent from the squad which faced Rangers midweek.
He’s started just once for Liverpool this season after Klopp gave him the nod against Rochdale in the EFL Trophy.
Robertson picked up a knee injury during Liverpool’s 4-1 defeat to Napoli in the Champions League. The 28-year-old is yet to have returned to action missing each of the Reds’ previous three Premier League fixtures.
Klopp will be hoping that his star defender is fit to feature against the Gunners on Sunday, though there’s no real indication as to whether he’s ready. A start against league leaders Arsenal may be too much too soon but the great threat he possesses will be of huge concern to Arteta if he features in any capacity.
After picking up a long-term thigh injury in the FA Community Shield win over Manchester City back in the summer, Keita has failed to make a single appearance for Liverpool this season. The 27-year-old looks almost certain to not travel to north London, though stranger things have happened.
Providing an update on the midfielder’s injury in September, Klopp said: “No, I don’t expect him [Keita] to go on international duty. The expected return date is somewhere in October, that’s why we had to make the decision. With Ox it is the same and that’s why the two boys are not in the Champions League squad because of their expected return.”
Oxlade-Chamberlain, who has been plagued with injuries throughout his career, is out of action at the moment. The 29-year-old sustained a serious hamstring injury in Liverpool’s pre-season win over Crystal Palace in Singapore.
Like Keita, the former Arsenal midfielder is yet to feature for the Merseyside club this season.
To pile on the misery in midfield for Liverpool, Jones also is yet to feature for the club this season due to injury.
The 21-year-old was rushed back to training too quickly and triggering a previous injury of his to his tibia.
It’s said that his setback has stopped him from training and Liverpool are now not taking any more risks. A return date is unknown as it stands.