Graphic: Why Brendan Rodgers should select this Liverpool XI versus Arsenal

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Liverpool take on Arsenal at the Emirates stadium on Monday night.

Liverpool’s third game of the 2015/16 Premier League campaign sees Brendan Rodgers’ side travel to Arsenal for an intriguing clash at the Emirates Stadium.

The Reds have begun the campaign very well, winning 1-0 at Stoke City before defeating Bournemouth by the same score-line at Anfield on Monday, Christian Benteke notching his first goal for the club.

Last season’s trip to face the Gunners ended in disaster for Brendan Rodgers’ men, losing 4-1, and on Monday in order to avoid a repeat the Reds must adopt a solid approach with a compact midfield.

Back five:

With two clean sheets on the bounce, Liverpool have no need to alter their backline against the Gunners even if it means sticking with the inexperienced Joe Gomez in a crucial big-game clash.

Defensively, the Reds have given up little chances to their opposition over the past 180 minutes though Arsene Wenger’s side will pose a completely different challenge at the Emirates.

Midfield five:

Following Jordan Henderson’s withdrawal with injury against Bournemouth, the Reds’ skipper is unlikely to feature on Monday therefore Emre Can should come in as the holding midfielder.

James Milner and Philippe Coutinho ought to retain their spots in the middle, but they will need to be compact and apply pressure on Santi Cazorla, preventing the Spaniard from dictating play.

Mesut Ozil is likely to drop deep for the hosts to even out the numbers in the middle, therefore the Reds’ trio will have to remain disciplined and patient out of possession.

In order to counter the threat of Alexis Sanchez, Alberto Moreno represents a fine option as a left winger – his defensive capabilities and pace on the counter can limit the Chilean’s impact.

Adam Lallana on the other side will give the Reds balance and arguably a bigger attacking threat than Jordon Ibe, with a licence to cut inside providing space for Nathaniel Clyne to get forward.

Striker:

Following his goal on Monday, Christian Benteke is a guarantee to retain his spot with his physicality, pace and power primed to cause Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny all sorts of problems.

The Belgium international’s hold-up play will be key, while dropping deep out of possession and putting extra pressure on playmaker Cazorla could help the visitors wrestle control in the middle.

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