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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MARCH 04:  Alexis Sanchez of Arsenal (R) attempts to take it past Nathaniel Clyne of Liverpool (L) during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield on March 4, 2017 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

The Gunners visit Merseyside as they look to bounce back from their disappointing defeat last week, while the Reds are buoyant
Liverpool and Arsenal will look to strike an early blow in the race for the Premier League title when the teams face off at Anfield on Sunday.
Jurgen Klopp's side come into the game having booked their place in the group stage of the Champions League and the Reds are in good form with three wins in their last three matches in all competitions.

Team News Liverpool vs Arsenal

The major team news involves Sanchez being available for the first time this season. It means Arsenal will be able to call on their main match-winner in the final third, the player who created a goal for Danny Welbeck in this fixture last season.

Sanchez can spark the Gunners attack back into life.

Gunners manager Arsene Wenger must now decide whether to start Sanchez or have him begin on the bench. 
Wenger was coy on the issue when asked in his pre-match press conference, 
per Arsenal's official website:
 "I will have to make that decision. It is Thursday today and we play on Sunday, and he looks in good shape. He has worked very hard."

The Gunners need Sanchez from the start if they are going to keep pace with free-scoring Liverpool. Given Arsenal's defensive flaws already this season, conceding four goals in two matches, the visitors shouldn't expect to keep a clean sheet at Anfield.

Any defensive improvement from Wenger's men will likely be sparked by the return of centre-back Laurent Koscielny. 
The Frenchman is back after serving a three-match suspension dating back to last season, per Miguel Delaney of The Independent, who believes Koscielny's return is more important than having Sanchez back:
 "It is not just about his assurance and leadership, but about his speed. Fundamentally, he is one of Arsenal's fastest defenders."

Potential starting XI: Cech; Monreal, Mustafi, Koscielny; Kolasinac, Bellerin, Xhaka, Ramsey; Sanchez, Ozil, Lacazette.

Liverpool v Arsenal

Emphasising the value of more assured defending is pertinent for Arsenal since Liverpool's attack combines pace, fluidity and potency. Wide forwards Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah boast the speed and perceptive movement to pose a constant threat between the lines.

Yet it's roving centre-forward Robert Firmino who may be the biggest threat. The Brazilian has scored three times in Arsenal's last two visits to Anfield.

It will be up to manager Jurgen Klopp to decide how many of his key players to involve from the start after their midweek excursions in the Champions League. However, with qualification to the group stage now assured, Klopp may feel he can risk his full contingent in the pursuit of three vital points.

Mohamed Salah Liverpool

One Liverpool star who may not be involved is playmaker Philippe Coutinho. The Brazilian, who handed in a transfer request amid rumours of interest from Barcelona, is recovering from illness, per Vaishali Bhardwaj of the London Evening Standard.

Even without Coutinho, Liverpool have enough resources in forward areas to punish a suspect Arsenal defence. Not even having Sanchez back will be enough to help the Gunners secure what would be a confidence-boosting win.

Potential starting XI: Mignolet; Alexander-Arnold, Moreno, Matip, Lovren; Wijnaldum, Henderson, Can; Mane, Salah, Firmino.

Match Details:

Game Liverpool vs Arsenal
Date Sunday, August 27
Time 16:00 (BST) / 11:00 (ET)
Venue Anfield
Last season Liverpool 3 Arsenal 1


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