Liverpool are set to host Arsenal at Anfield this weekend, as both teams aim for the top spot in the Premier League table by Christmas.
Jamie Carragher believes that Jurgen Klopp should modify his midfield setup for the upcoming match against Arsenal. Liverpool are gearing up to face Mikel Arteta’s squad in a crucial encounter, with both sides aspiring to lead the league at the festive season.
Currently, Arsenal hold a narrow one-point advantage over Liverpool. Aston Villa share the same points as Liverpool, making the competition even tighter. Arsenal recently secured a 2-0 victory over Brighton, allowing them to climb to the top position. Meanwhile, Liverpool faced a setback with a goalless draw against Manchester United at Anfield.
Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal had the luxury of a full week’s preparation leading up to the Anfield fixture. In contrast, Liverpool had a Carabao Cup match just last night, advancing them to the semi-finals of the tournament. Notably, former Liverpool defender Carragher is confident that a particular Liverpool player has earned his place in the starting lineup for the pivotal match against Arsenal.
Curtis Jones scored twice as Liverpool defeated West Ham 5-1 in the Carabao Cup quarter-final match last night. His impressive performance earned him well-deserved recognition. On Sky Sports, Carragher commented: “There is no doubt for me that Jones has played himself back into Liverpool’s best 11.
“He will be playing against Arsenal at 5:30 on Saturday. He has to.”
Jones demonstrated his influence by delivering more passes into the final third than any other player during Wednesday’s match, highlighting his pivotal role in connecting the midfield with the forward line.
Cody Gakpo’s commendable performance against the Hammers might secure him a position in the starting XI for the upcoming clash against Arsenal on Saturday.
There are concerns about the fitness of Alexis Mac Allister and Ryan Gravenberch ahead of the Gunners’ match this weekend, potentially limiting Klopp’s midfield choices.
Arteta remains optimistic, banking on Declan Rice, Martin Odegaard, and Kai Havertz to dominate the game. He aims for Arsenal to secure a rare victory at Anfield and solidify their position at the summit of the table.