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Predicted Liverpool XI to play Arsenal - Don't expect any changes

Match to be played on Saturday 2nd November 2013 at 17:30. Venue: Emirates Stadium, London.

Liverpool can continue a remarkable start to the season by moving above Arsenal with three points at the Emirates Stadium this weekend.

Brendan Rodgers’ side have dropped points in just three of their nine games this season, which means they will be full of confidence heading into Saturday’s late kick-off.

Philippe Coutinho is closing on a return to competitive action for the club and Rodgers has a couple of selection headaches ahead of the match as he mulls over whether to get his Brazilian playmaker back into the team.

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Here is the eleven he may go with.

GK – Simon Mignolet

The Belgian continues to look good in goal for Liverpool. He’s been solid in games this season and looks to have a very determined edge about him. His command of the penalty area is efficient and his distribution allows Liverpool to retain possession for longer spells.

RCB – Kolo Toure

On the right hand side of central defence, Kolo Toure should line up against his old club. Toure has already said that he’s looking to prove Arsenal wrong for letting him go in the first place.

CB – Martin Skrtel

Smack bang in the middle of the defence should be Liverpool’s Slovakian star. Skrtel provides strength through the heart of the defence which is important considering that he’s going to be up against the imposing frame of Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud throughout the match.

LCB – Mamadou Sakho

Sakho should continue on the left hand side of defence. He looked a little shaky when he first came into the team but he’s improved from that point. He also offers strength and he covers ground quickly, which allows him to compensate well for players out of position.

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RWB – Glen Johnson

Johnson will play the duel role of right-back and right-midfield. He’s the best right sided defender that Liverpool have which makes him useful when side is under pressure and he’s proven before that he can be effective in the opponent’s final third.

LWB – Aly Cissokho

On the opposite side, Aly Cissokho is likely to retain his place across the midfield. He looks to be a very feisty, determined and passionate lad which makes him very useful for big games like this. He plays sensible football and simple passes around the midfield and defence.

DM – Lucas

Lucas is likely to play the holding role in midfield and he’ll be under pressure up against Mesut Ozil. Lucas needs to be very careful not to leave too much space between himself and the defence because Arsenal have the players who can roam those gaps if they become too big.

CM – Jordan Henderson

Henderson has been one of Liverpool’s most consistent players this season and he deserves the chance to play in the heart of midfield. It’s his natural position and he showed against West Brom that he’s more than capable of controlling the central areas.

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AM – Steven Gerrard

Gerrard always look better when he’s given the freedom to go and play in an attacking role. He’ll be the midfielder breaking forward most frequently, as Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez move around creating space for him to run into.

ST – Daniel Sturridge

Sturridge has been one of the Premier League’s in form strikers this season. He’s good whether he’s playing on the shoulder, just off of the front or whether he’s nudged into a position slightly wider. His pace makes him a good player to face up against Per Mertesacker.

ST – Luis Suarez

Suarez has the chance to stick it to the side that tried to buy him twice over the summer. Suarez has been world class since he arrived back in the side from suspension. Expect him to do what he does best which is making a variety of runs across the Arsenal defence.

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