Liverpool (3-4-3): Jones, Toure, Skrtel, Lovren, Henderson, Gerrard, Lucas, Lazar Markovic, Coutinho, Lallana, Sterling
Liverpool are currently on a patchy run of form, being knocked out of the Champions League and crushed 3-0 by rivals Manchester United last weekend. They did, however, bounce back to defeat Championship side Bournemouth and reach the Capital One Cup semi-finals on Wednesday. But before their fixture list lightens up for Christmas, the Reds will host in-form Arsenal, with the Gunners fresh off a 4-1 win over Newcastle United. The Reds will be without right-back Glen Johnson, who tore a groin muscle during the defeat to Man United as well as Mario Balotelli, banned for his racial post on Instagram. Meanwhile, Brad Jones is expected to continue in goal for the dropped Simon Mignolet.
Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Szczesny, Debuchy, Chambers, Mertesacker, Gibbs, Flamini, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cazorla, Sanchez, Welbeck, Giroud
Arsenal have won three of their last four league games and with Liverpool’s stuttering form, will be confident of getting a result when they travel to Anfield this weekend. Calum Chambers returns from his suspension and slots into centre-back alongside Per Mertesacker, which allows Mathieu Debuchy to play right-back after being played out of position in the middle. The Gunners do, however, have problems in centre-midfield, with regulars Jack Wilshere, Mikel Arteta, and Aaron Ramsey all sidelined with injury. This means Mathieu Flamini will play the midfield pivot alongside Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, with Santi Cazorla ‘in the hole’ ahead of them. Superstar Alexis Sanchez and summer signing Danny Welbeck will be expected to flank Olivier Giroud, who spearheads Arsenal’s attack.
Tbh i hope liverpool will lose to arsenal soo that brendan rodgers will get sacked.
— Kolo (@DiiUdang) December 19, 2014
Would appreciate Liverpool and Arsenal drawing this weekend — Damooooooooooooooooo (@damienwiese11) December 19, 2014
Arsenal are going to tear Liverpool a new one ngl. Alexis, Ox and Cazorla are going to have a field day
— Adrian (@teandbusquets) December 19, 2014
Last season Liverpool showed a master-class in attacking football, beating the Gunners 5-1 with four goals coming in the first 20 minutes. Will Arsenal have their revenge this weekend?