Sunday, September 2, 2012
Kick-off: 13.30 BST.
Liverpool (Possible, 4-2-3-1): Reina; Johnson, Agger, Skrtel, Enrique;
Allen, Shelvey; Sterling, Gerrard, Borini; Suarez.
Out: Cole (hamstring), Lucas (thigh).
Arsenal (Possible, 4-3-3): Szczesny; Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Vermaelen,
Gibbs; Arteta, Diaby, Cazorla; Podolski, Giroud, Gervinho.
Out: Frimpong (knee), Rosicky (calf), Sagna (broken leg), Wilshere (ankle).
Test: Szczesny (ribs).
Referee: Howard Webb. Matches: 1, Red 0, Yellow 3.
Liverpool defender Daniel Agger is available for Sunday's Barclays Premier League clash against Arsenal after serving a domestic suspension.
Sebastian Coates replaced the Dane in last week's draw with Manchester City.
Brazilian midfielder Lucas has been ruled out for two to three months with a thigh injury but Rodgers otherwise has a fully-fit squad.
Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny returns to the squad for Sunday's Barclays Premier League clash with Liverpool.
Koscielny has recovered from a calf injury, but goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny faces a fitness test on his rib problem.
Midfielder Jack Wilshere and defender Bacary Sagna continue their rehabilitation.
Arsenal are the club the modern Liverpool aspires to be (minus the recent absence of silverware and inability to retain their best players) – attractive, economically self-sustaining and always in the Champions League.
The first XI match-up of the sides is closer than their league positions last season suggests.
Wenger’s teams have played the most attacking football at Anfield since Liverpool’s 1988 title winners.
In his second heavyweight home clash in successive weeks, Brendan Rodgers will seek to sprinkle some of Wenger’s philosophy on his fledgling team.
Betting: Home 21-20, Away 13-5, Draw 12-5.
Stat of the game: Liverpool are one defeat short of 200 in the Premier League.
Chris Bascombe's prediction: Liverpool 2 Arsenal 1.