Confirmed Liverpool v Arsenal lineups: Gomez starts, Lacazette on the bench

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Liverpool host Arsenal in the Premier League this afternoon.

Liverpool will hope to build on last week's win over Crystal Palace as they host Arsenal in the Premier League this afternoon.

The Reds claimed a 1-0 win thanks to Sadio Mane's goal on that day, and with a home win over Hoffenheim in midweek, Jurgen Klopp's men should be full of confidence.

Klopp has though made a surprise change, with Loris Karius handed a start in goal, and with Danny Ward on the bench, Simon Mignolet has been left out completely.

Joe Gomez, Dejan Lovren, Joel Matip and Alberto Moreno all start in defence, with Jordan Henderson in holding midfield to protect the back four.

Georginio Wijnaldum and Jordan Henderson both play in midfield, supporting the dangerous front three of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino.

Ward is joined on the bench by veterans James Milner, Ragnar Klavan and Daniel Sturridge, as well as youngsters Trent Alexander-Arnold, Marko Grujic and Dominic Solanke.

Meanwhile, Arsenal need a response having lost 1-0 at Stoke City last weekend, with Arsene Wenger finally able to call upon Alexis Sanchez.

The Chilean forward has missed every game so far this season, but he is called up on in attack alongside Danny Welbeck and Mesut Ozil this afternoon.

Petr Cech starts in goal, whilst Laurent Koscielny, Rob Holding and Nacho Monreal form the back three in front of the Czech shot-stopper.

Hector Bellerin and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain start in the wing back positions, whilst Granit Xhaka and Aaron Ramsey feature in central midfield.

That means that Alexandre Lacazette is surprisingly dropped to the bench, alongside David Ospina, Sead Kolasinac, Shkodran Mustafi, Francis Coquelin, Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud.

Liverpool lineup

Starting:

  • Loris Karius
  • Joseph Gomez
  • Dejan Lovren
  • Joel Matip
  • Alberto Moreno
  • Emre Can
  • Jordan Henderson
  • Sadio Mané
  • Georginio Wijnaldum
  • Roberto Firmino
  • Mohamed Salah

Substitutes: Danny Ward, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ragnar Klavan, James Milner, Marko Grujic, Dominic Solanke, Daniel Sturridge.

Arsenal lineup

Starting:

  • Petr Cech
  • Héctor Bellerín
  • Rob Holding
  • Laurent Koscielny
  • Nacho Monreal
  • Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
  • Aaron Ramsey
  • Granit Xhaka
  • Mesut Özil
  • Alexis Sánchez
  • Danny Welbeck

Substitutes: David Ospina, Sead Kolasinac, Shkodran Mustafi, Francis Coquelin, Olivier Giroud, Alexandre Lacazette, Theo Walcott.

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