Liverpool vs Arsenal lineups, starting 11s, team news for Premier League match: Salah to start title test
Jurgen Klopp and Mikel Arteta will go head-to-head as Premier League title rivals as Arsenal travel to Anfield to face Liverpool on December 23.
The Gunners are leading the way at the top of the Premier League table with a one-point advantage over Klopp’s Reds ahead of this crucial clash. Aston Villa’s surprise draw at home to Sheffield United on Friday means either Arsenal or Liverpool will be top of the table on Christmas Day.
A midweek Carabao Cup quarterfinal win over West Ham will have boosted Liverpool’s confidence even further, although Arsenal will have felt the benefit of an extra break.
There are some injury concerns for either side for this match, although it seems the picture for each squad is largely unchanged. Mohamed Salah will almost certainly start, though, having only appeared as a substitute against the Hammers this week.
The Sporting News details the latest on team news and predicted lineups for this game.
Liverpool vs Arsenal lineups
Klopp and Arteta have benefitted from protecting certain players ahead of this game with Arsenal not in action since their 2-0 Premier League win over Brighton & Hove Albion last weekend.
Liverpool’s win over West Ham came via a rotated starting XI with first-choice goalkeeper Alisson given the night off and Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ibrahima Konate, Luis Diaz and Salah featuring off the bench.
All five are expected to start against Arsenal with Salah adding a fifth goal against the Hammers for his first domestic Anfield goal since mid-November.
Here’s the projected starting lineups for this Premier League clash at Anfield on December 23.
Liverpool starting 11
Arsenal lineup (4-3-3): Alisson (GK) — Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Tsimikas — Szoboszlai, Endo, Jones — Salah, Nunez, Diaz.
- Injured: Matip, Thiago, Jota, Robertson, Mac Allister, Bajcetic.
- Suspended: None
Klopp will roll out his Premier League big guns for this game with his injury list largely unchanged ahead of the festive period. Netherlands international Ryan Gravenberch is back in training and is expected to be available, but Curtis Jones is tipped to retain his starting role following his fine performance against West Ham.
The game comes too soon for injured pair Alexis Mac Allister and Diogo Jota, who are not far off a return.
Arsenal starting 11
Arsenal lineup (4-3-3, right to left): Raya (GK) — White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko — Odegaard, Rice, Havertz — Saka, Jesus, Martinelli.
- Injured: Vieira, Tomiyasu, Partey, Timber, Jorginho (doubtful), Elneny (doubtful).
- Suspended: None
Arteta has not confirmed any new injuries ahead of this game and could stick with an unchanged starting line up.
If he does opt to keep faith with the same XI, it will mean four changes from their 2-2 draw at Anfield in April with the additions of David Raya, William Saliba, Declan Rice and Kai Havertz.
Thomas Partey is not ready to return, while Jorginho and Mohamed Elneny are doubts.
Liverpool vs Arsenal live stream, TV channel
Here’s how to watch this Premier League match across selected areas of the world’s major regions:
|NBC USA Network, Peacock
|Fubo, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo
|Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League
|Sky GO, Now TV
USA: This game is being broadcast on the NBC USA Network. Spanish language streaming options are on Universo and Telemundo which are available via Fubo.
Canada: Every Premier League game this season is live streaming exclusively via Fubo in Canada.
Australia: Fans in Australia can stream every match live and on demand on Optus Sport.
UK: This match is not available for live broadcast with Sky Sports selecting West Ham versus Wolves as their chosen fixture on Sunday. BBC Radio 5Live will provide live radio commentary.