Liverpool continue to play the big games as they take on Arsenal once again on Sunday.
This weekend’s meeting at the Emirates is the third between the two teams in the past 44 days. With one win and one draw from the other two games, Liverpool will be hoping to consolidate that unbeaten streak.
Jurgen Klopp has some selection decisions to make for the match, with Conor Bradley staking a claim for a spot ahead of Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Asked in his pre-match press conference whether this was a ‘problem’ for him, Klopp dismissed the idea. Instead, he claimed that it was the first time all season the Reds’ have had the ‘luxury’ of so many players being fit.
“It’s not a challenge [to pick a team],” said the Liverpool boss.
“It’s the first moment of the season where we have a kind of luxury.
“No problem. This coming week is the only one we don’t have a midweek game, we need everyone in good shape.”
Although Klopp was thankful for having players back and available for Sunday, he did also confirm that Darwin Nunez is a doubt for the game.
If Nunez isn’t passed fit in time, Liverpool will actually only have three senior attackers to fill three spots at the Emirates. Some headache.
Nevertheless, there are a couple of positions in which Jurgen has a difficult call to make.
The main one is certainly surrounding who plays at right-back. With Alexander-Arnold now fit, there seemed a chance that he would play against Chelsea on Wednesday.
But with Bradley in good form, Klopp chose to keep the 20-year-old in. He repaid that with a barnstorming performance which demands that he be picked again at Arsenal.
Had this match been against 90 per cent of the rest of the league, Bradley would probably be a shoo-in. But Arsenal away is Liverpool’s second hardest game remaining this season. Klopp should be picking the best team he possibly can.
Factor in that Bradley has actually played a lot of football since the start of January, and it makes sense that Trent should return to start.
Another question for Klopp will be who goes in at left-back. Joe Gomez is in a great run of form, but with Andy Robertson back and with minutes in his legs, we think it’ll be Robbo on Sunday. Tough, but good decisions for Jurgen.