Arsenal travel to Anfield to face Liverpool on Sunday afternoon after a full week of rest after they defeated Leeds.The Gunners retained their eight point lead over Manchester City last weekend and are only nine games away from lifting their first Premier League title in 19 years.

Liverpool will only have four days rest between their games after facing Chelsea on Tuesday. Jurgen Klopp’s side are now four games without a win in all competitions and come into their clash with Arsenal seven points off the top four.

At Stamford Bridge, Klopp rang the changes with six alterations made to the side that were defeated 4-1 by Manchester City on Saturday. Most were down performance-related -including Mohamed Salah and Trent Alexander-Arnold – but the Reds have their own injury concerns to contend with.

Virgil van Dijk was forced to miss the trip to the capital through illness. The defender’s absence was confirmed by the club an hour before kick-off on Tuesday. After the game, Klopp hinted that the 31-year-old could return at the weekend, telling Sky Sports: “I think he will be ready for the weekend, yes.”

Attacker Luis Diaz has been out since December and is yet to make a return to the Reds starting XI. It was expected that he would be back after the March international break but he did not feature against Man City or Chelsea.

It’s expected that Klopp will reveal further information on the Colombian in his pre-Arsenal press conference later this week. Fortunately for Liverpool, Darwin Nunez and Diogo Jota are seemingly back to full fitness and both started the stalemate with Chelsea.

In midfield, Thiago Alcantara continues to be sidelined after suffering a hip flexor injury, but has returned to training. Naby Keita seems like he may have played his last game for the club after suffering a muscle injury while on international duty with Guinea. with his contract up in the summer.

Youngsters Stefan Bajcetic and Calvin Ramsey are out for the remainder of the season.


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