Predicted Liverpool XI to play Arsenal - No Anfield return for Allen!

Match to be played on Saturday 8th February 2014 at 12:45. Venue: Anfield, Liverpool.

Liverpool can close the gap on Chelsea with a win against league leaders Arsenal at Anfield this Saturday.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has recently said he’s confident about playing any of the bigger sides at home, with his team having already beaten Manchester United at Anfield this season.

Here’s the side he may choose to go with against Arsenal.

GK – Simon Mignolet

The Belgian said earlier this week that he feels he’s becoming a better goalkeeper at Liverpool and he’ll be determined to make up for some recent errors in his game.

RB – Jon Flanagan

Flanagan is turning out to be a very reliable and consistent young player. He looks comfortable playing down either side of the defence.

CB – Martin Skrtel

Skrtel is a typical no nonsense defender that any side needs in their back four. He’ll make simple, good decisions in the face of an Arsenal side which will look to exploit him.

CB – Kolo Toure

Toure will be determined to make up for his error, which cost Liverpool points against West Brom last weekend. He’s a good experienced player and has his Arsenal past to play off.

LB – Aly Cissokho

Cissokho is enjoying a prolonged spell at left-back in the current side. He’s a decent player defensively and gets forward to provide width when he can.

RM – Raheem Sterling

Sterling will be urged to work very hard over on the right, to press and to use his pace on the counter attack to exploit the space Arsenal may leave behind.

CM – Jordan Henderson

Henderson will most likely sit in a deeper role, just in front of the back four, pushing up when he can. He has the ability to protect the defence against some talented Arsenal players.

CM – Steven Gerrard

Gerrard will help him out when Liverpool are under a lot of pressure. His leadership skills will also be important if the Gunners get on top early in the game.

AM – Philippe Coutinho

The Brazilian is the midfielder Liverpool will try to get onto the ball as quickly as possible. He can roam that gap in between Arsenal’s midfield and defence to cause chaos.

LM – Daniel Sturridge

Sturridge won’t stay out wide on the left but he could drift over there to offer Cissokho some extra protection. When Liverpool are on top he’ll move forward to take a striker’s role with Luis Suarez.

ST – Luis Suarez

Suarez has been one of the best forwards in Europe this season and this is another chance for him to get stuck in against the side that tried to buy him last summer.

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