Liverpool vs Arsenal: Predicted Starting Line-Ups – Wilshere + Coutinho To Start?

By on February 6, 2014

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Liverpool play host to Premier League leaders Arsenal at Anfield on Saturday lunchtime in a game of vital importance to both sides.

Brendan Rodgers confirmed at his press conference earlier today that Daniel Agger, Mamadou Sakho, Jose Enrique and Glen Johnson all remain out through injury so he has very little options at the back.

Aly Cissokho and impressive youngster Jon Flanagan are expected to start in the full-back spots while former Gunner Kolo Toure will continue alongside Martin Skrtel and will look to bounce back from his disastrous mistake against West Brom last weekend.

Lucas Leiva is also injured and there have been rumours circulating that Rodgers may opt to bring Joe Allen in for Philippe Coutinho to give him more defensive shape in the middle of the park. However, we can see Coutinho keeping his place with Jordan Henderson continuing alongside Steven Gerrard in the center of midfield.

Daniel Sturridge has been deployed on the wing in recent weeks and it’s almost certain he’ll continue there this weekend with Raheem Sterling also supporting Luis Suarez in attack.

As for Arsenal they are likely to bring Kieran Gibbs back in at left-back with Nacho Monreal dropping back to the bench. Thomas Vermaelen is close to a comeback but Per Mertesacker will continue alongside Laurent Koscielny at the heart of defence.

Jack Wilshere is a slight doubt with an ankle injury and with so many big games coming up, we can see Arsene Wenger erring on the side of caution and keeping the midfielder among the substitutes this weekend.

This will mean Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will continue alongside Mikel Arteta in midfield with Aaron Ramsey still injured and Mathieu Flamini suspended. Tomas Rosicky could be brought in for his tireless work ethic with Lukas Podolski the most likely man to miss out, while Santi Cazorla and Mesut Ozil will support Olivier Giroud in attack.

Here are our predicted line-ups:

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What do you you think of our teams? Who would you start? Share your thoughts below.

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7 Comments

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  2. Sean Caan

    February 6, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    Suarez was more on the left in last few games

  3. GOƊDY CHIKEZIE

    February 6, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    i think rogers should give aspass chance to prove himself . if we have a good officiation by reffere we will get points .

  4. matthew Lyon

    February 7, 2014 at 7:09 am

    if rodger use 4 5 1 formation liverpool wil defeat gunner atleast we wil challenge them 4 midfield

  5. Max

    February 7, 2014 at 7:29 am

    Liverpool biggest problem is midfield. I would remove Gerard and place Alan instead

  6. Debayo-Oye

    February 7, 2014 at 7:40 am

    Though wilshere has got the experience to marshall the midfield but will prefer to see him to make a substitute appearance bcos he’s just recovering from injury and this match is going to be a tough contest. Hence, the Ox-cham should start. I hope wenger realises that Gibbs is the best we have in the left full back position…nacho shouldn’t start a high profile game bcos his positional awareness especially in the defense is not that encouraging.
    Szcezcny, gibbs-kos6- Metsk-sagna
    arteta-Oxcham-cazorla-podolski
    Giroud

  7. Noah

    February 7, 2014 at 8:07 am

    Liverpool should use 4.4.2 wit dat we can beat wenger team minoglt::::cissiko::::kolo toure::::sketel::::flanagan:

    :::streling::::hendo::::allen::::coutinho::::
    ::::S&S::::

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