Liverpool’s emphatic 4-1 victory over Chelsea has sent a strong message, but their next challenge demands even more: a trip to the Emirates to face title rivals Arsenal. With Jurgen Klopp facing a wealth of returning players and crucial decisions across the pitch, the selection headache is real.
Defence holds the key question: will Trent Alexander-Arnold’s experience trump Conor Bradley’s recent brilliance at right-back? Similarly, Andy Robertson’s fitness status hangs in the balance compared to Joe Gomez’s recent run at left-back.
In midfield, Alexis Mac Allister’s fitness is a slight concern, but his form alongside Dominik Szoboszlai and Curtis Jones makes them favourites. However, Harvey Elliott and the intriguing case of Ryan Gravenberch, yet to feature this season, add layers of competition.
Mohamed Salah’s absence means four players, including Cody Gakpo, fight for three spots in attack. Jota, Diaz, and Nunez are in stellar form, showcasing versatility that allows them to switch positions readily. Elliott can also be a contender on the right wing.
Klopp’s choices will be pivotal. Does he prioritize experience or reward recent form? Can he fit in all his attacking talents? The answers will shape Liverpool’s response to Arsenal’s challenge and reveal their true title credentials.