FA CUP: Arsenal make major unexpected change ahead of Liverpool clash

Liverpool will face an unusual-looking Arsenal when they visit the Emirates for their blockbusting FA Cup clash on Sunday.

The Gunners are ditching their usual home colours and will instead wear an all-white kit for the third-round encounter, which kicks off at 4.30pm.

For the third season running, Arsenal will wear their No More Red kit, drained of the club’s traditional red. The initiative was launched in January 2022 to support the long-standing work undertaken by the club to help keep young people safe from knife crime and youth violence.

Freddie Hudson, Head of Arsenal in the Community, said: “No More Red provides a unique opportunity to highlight almost four decades of our local community work that has helped to keep thousands of young people safe.”

Despite there no longer being a clash of colours, Liverpool will nevertheless wear their third-choice kit of all purple for the third round match.

The Reds remain unbeaten while wearing the kit, which was introduced in the summer. They last wore it during the 2-0 Premier League win at Sheffield United last month.

Meanwhile Jurgen Klopp has confirmed Liverpool stance on Kylian Mbappe transfer.

The manager had previously spoken about the club’s chances of signing the PSG forward.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has already shared his thoughts on a possible move for Kylian Mbappe.

The France captain is now in the last six months of his contract with Paris Saint-Germain and has perennially been linked with a move away from the Ligue 1 champions.

Real Madrid have often been touted as Mbappe’s next destination, while Liverpool have also been consistently linked with an interest in the 25-year-old.

It took little time for those familiar headlines to appear at the start of the January transfer window, with Le Parisien recently claiming that Liverpool ‘dream’ of signing Mbappe, though the finances involved would make a deal unlikely.

PSG boss Luis Enrique gave a coy response when asked how he would manage the growing speculation around Mbappe’s future:

“As I always have done up to this point,” Enrique explained.

“It isn’t an issue that depends on me. I am not the one to respond to this question.”

The Reds – like most of Europe’s elite clubs – have held a long-standing interest in Mbappe, stemming back to his time with Monaco. However, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admitted in the summer that he would be surprised if the club were able to get a deal for Mbappe over the line.

“We laugh about it,” Klopp told Sky Germany, back in August.

“I can say that I think he’s a really good player but the financial conditions don’t suit us at all. I wouldn’t like to ruin the story now… but as far as I know, there’s nothing to it.

“It’s possible that someone else from the club is preparing something and wants to surprise me… that hasn’t happened in the eight years that I’ve been here. That would be the first time.”

It appears that something would drastically have to change for Liverpool to make a serious move for Mbappe, even if he is available as a free agent.

For the moment, it remains a case of what could have been as the World Cup winner has already revealed that he had talks over a possible move to the Reds, prior to joining PSG.

“I talked to Liverpool because it’s the favourite club of my mum, my mum loves Liverpool,” Mbappe admitted, back in 2022, .

“I don’t know why, you will have to ask her! It’s a good club and we met them five years ago. When I was in Monaco I met them. It’s a big club.”



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