Due to a variety of injuries, Liverpool will be playing Arsenal without a few key players, which will affect their starting lineup. Andy Robertson, who suffered a shoulder injury during a Scotland match in October, will be one prominent absence. Robertson is participating in physical training and making good recovery progress, but he is still unable to participate in full ball activities. Although he acknowledged the need for patience, manager Jurgen Klopp stated that he hoped to return in January.
Joel Matip’s absence from Liverpool’s December 3 match against Fulham due to an anterior cruciate ligament injury is another major setback. Matip had a successful operation, but it’s unclear when he will fully recover.
Although they are getting close to making a comeback, Diogo Jota and Alexis Mac Allister will not play against Arsenal, according to Klopp. On December 22, the manager announced that although they are approaching full fitness, they will not be available for the next game.
Positively, Ryan Gravenberch is healthy enough to play against Arsenal after missing the Manchester United draw due to an injury.
Due to a hip injury that needed surgery, Thiago Alcantara is still out of action, but Klopp is optimistic that he will be back in action by the beginning of the New Year.
As Liverpool navigates a pivotal period in the Premier League title race, the absence of these key players presents a challenge in the upcoming match against Arsenal. To overcome the loss of these key players, Klopp will need to plan and make the most of his current team.