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Liverpool FC to test Arsene Wenger's faith in three-man defence

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is expected to recall defender Laurent Koscielny for the trip to Liverpool Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is expected to recall defender Laurent Koscielny for the trip to Liverpool
Pammachio Corsino | 28 Agosto, 2017, 04:59

Neither have started this season flying out of the traps but for Arsenal especially, two defeats out of three would see plenty of knives being sharped already.

"Defensively, Liverpool have had a problem for years now". Four or more goals have been scored in each of the last four meetings between these sides at Anfield.

On paper, you would say the Reds should have a little bit too much for their under-fire opponents, but this will be an end-to-end contest full of unpredictability. So the fans for sure, are to witness something similar this weekend as well.

Sanchez's future remains uncertain with links to Manchester City not going away, but at least the Arsenal boss' status is settled after he penned a new two-year deal in May. "We want to build the team around him", said Wenger, who also has central defender Laurent Koscielny available after suspension. Full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold limped off against Hoffenheim and might be out for the game. Nathaniel Clyne and Coutinho are unavailable with back injuries.

Andrew Robertson has a chance of replacing Alberto Moreno at left-back, despite a good performance from the Spaniard in midweek, and James Milner could push for a start in midfield, in place of Georginio Wijnaldum.


Jurgen Klopp stressed Liverpool have done all they can to make signings in this window and admitted there could be more activity at Anfield before next week's deadline.

But Wenger insisted Arsenal, who will learn today who his side will face in the group stage of the Europa League, will cope without the superstar forward if and when he does quit Arsenal.

The Anfield club come into to this one on the back of a scintillating 4-2 victory over Bundesliga side Hoffenheim in their Champions League second leg tie on Wednesday evening, and will hope to carry this same form into this marquee tie. Playing at the base of the three-man midfield, his duties are predominantly defensive when Lallana or Coutinho are part of that trio, and would surely have been nearly exclusively defensive if Klopp had fielded both in that zone.

Whatever he decides, a perceived lack of steel in the Arsenal F.C. spine will have a Liverpool F.C. attack featuring the likes of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino licking its lips at the prospect of facing the Gunners.

Arsenal will have their attack in full strength with the return of Alexis Sanchez. "Alexis Sanchez is probably back for the first time on the pitch, so that gives this team another boost and that is, of course, an advantage for Arsenal".

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