Latest Liverpool team news ahead of Arsenal test

Liverpool faced off with Manchester United at Anfield on Sunday in a tie they were expected to win with relative ease.

However, when all was said and done, Liverpool were forced to settle for a 0-0 draw, which moved them down to 2nd in the Premier League and one point off Arsenal. But the Reds return to action on Saturday at home to the aforementioned Gunners and can be backed at 11/8 to pick up the win with bet365 and, in turn, go top of the Premier League.

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December 23, 2023

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Liverpool team news ahead of Arsenal

Here is all the latest Liverpool injury news before their top-of-the-table clash with Arsenal.

Ryan Gravenberch started against Man United on Sunday but was replaced by Cody Gakpo just past the hour mark having suffered a hamstring problem.

Jurgen Klopp expressed hope that it was not a serious issue: “We will see,” Klopp said. “They told me directly after the game it got worse during the game, so that means it was not ‘bam’. He felt a little bit and didn’t show immediately.

“We hoped it would go by, [but] it didn’t. There was this really intense sprint with the ball which ended on the 18-yard line with a collision.

“I hope it is not that serious but we have in the next 10 days three more games, so I don’t know if he will be part of them or one of them. We will see, we have to make a scan.”

Alexis Mac Allister has missed Liverpool’s last three games as the result of a nasty knee injury suffered in the 2-0 win over struggling Sheffield United at Bramall Lane on December 6.

Klopp revealed last week that he had never quite seen an injury like it amid uncertainty over when the midfielder would be able to make his return: “The other boy stepped on his knee and the stud went through pretty much the muscle on to the bone,” Klopp said.

“Now, we have to wait until the bone is healed and until Macca can deal with the pain, because it is pretty painful. Macca is actually a super-tough guy so we have probably to make sure just from an infection point of view nothing happens. That’s really important.

“I never had this injury for one of my players before but now we have it. I hope it will not take that long, I would like to say it’s day by day - but that would look like he could maybe play the next game but he will not be ready for that as well.

Finally, Diogo Jota was injured in the 1-1 draw with Manchester City on November 25. He has been out since then, though has been ramping up his return in training over recent weeks.

Josh Barker

Josh Barker

Middlesbrough fan from the North East of England. @JoshBarker979 on Twitter.