Following on from their disappointing 3-2 defeat against West Ham United before the international break, Liverpool have another tough test on their hands this evening when Arsenal arrive at Anfield for their latest Premier League clash.
In terms of who Jurgen Klopp could select in his starting XI to take on Mikel Arteta’s side, one player who featured in the defeat against the Irons but should not be in the team on this occasion is Joel Matip.
Since joining the Merseyside club on a free transfer from Schalke 04 back in 2016, the 30-year-old – who is currently valued at £16.2m by Transfermarkt – has made a total of 136 appearances for the Reds across all competitions, chipping in with six goals and three assists along the way.
After being an unused substitute in Liverpool’s two previous league games prior to the defeat at West Ham, Matip failed to repay the faith shown in him by Klopp after not only conceding three goals but also failing to make one tackle and block a single shot on the day. He was also dribbled past on one occasion and lost possession of the ball 11 times, ultimately earning himself a disappointing overall match rating of 6.4/10, making him Liverpool’s lowest-rated defender in east London according to SofaScore.
With this in mind, perhaps it could be the best option if Klopp were to take Matip, who the German has labelled “unbelievable” in the past, out of the team on this occasion and save him for their Champions League match in midweek against Porto.
In terms of who Klopp could utilise instead of the Cameroonian on this occasion, perhaps this could be a good opportunity for Ibrahima Konate to show what he’s capable of and stake his claim in the side after keeping clean sheets in his first two league games of the season against Crystal Palace and Manchester United.
Whether or not Klopp chooses to go with Matip this evening, the Reds boss will undoubtedly be hoping that his side will be able to pick up all three points against Arsenal, who have won their three previous league games and would leapfrog Liverpool if they leave Anfield with victory.