John Aldridge highlights Alexis Sanchez as Arsenal’s danger man for Liverpool clash

John Aldridge has spoken highly of Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez.

Ex-Liverpool star John Aldridge says his former team must stay compact on Monday in order to counter the threat of Arsenal superstar Alexis Sanchez, the Liverpool Echo report.

The Reds head into the clash boasting a 100% record having won their opening two Premier League matches against Stoke City and Bournemouth by a 1-0 score-line.

In both encounters, Brendan Rodgers’ men defended superbly as a team and restricted their opposition to limited chances, though upcoming opponents Arsenal will pose an entirely different threat.

The return of Alexis Sanchez helped Gunners got back to winning ways at Crystal Palace last weekend and Aldridge feels his former side could be in for a rough ride by the Chilean on Monday.

“The speed of their attack with Sanchez was excellent and they’ve started to look really tasty. Sanchez makes such a difference to them and we’ll need to make sure we’re nice and compact,” Aldridge said.

“I’d play Lucas and I think we could have done with him at times against Bournemouth when we looked a little bit open and things got a bit tetchy. He’s our only player for that situation.”

How to counter the threat of Alexis Sanchez:

Last season at the Emirates, the Reds simply couldn’t deal with the hosts’ ferocity in attack and Sanchez was given far too much room to manoeuvre, resulting in a painful 4-1 defeat.

Rodgers will not want to make the same mistake again, therefore a compact midfield is needed and he has options with Emre Can, Lucas Leiva and James Milner capable of playing deep in the middle.

Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla is another key danger man as he likes to dictate play from deep, but first and foremost the visitors can’t afford to leave themselves too open and vulnerable on the counter.

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