4 Mar 2017

Confirmed Team News: Massive Liverpool boost; 4 players definitely out; €46m star returns

It's 'crash helmet time' (again!), and ahead of Liverpool's vital match with Arsenal tomorrow, here is the confirmed team news so far.

* Klopp on Hendo: "For Jordan it [the Arsenal game] will be too soon, for sure".

* Klopp on Sturridge: "Daniel has a strain in his hip muscle. It happened in the rehab session [and] it keeps him out of normal training for another week".

* Klopp on Lovren: "Dejan, we will see. Yesterday he was in full team training. Now we have to see how he reacts on this. I have to make a decision".

* Wenger on Elneny: "He has an ankle problem, should be sorted in three weeks. He will not be available for Liverpool".

* Wenger on Ramsey/Koscielny: "We have Aaron Ramsey back in the squad. Laurent Koscielny, who we lost at Bayern Munich, is back in full training as well."

* Wenger also confirmed that Santi Cazorla is probably out for the rest of the season.

* Granit Xhaka is available for Arsenal again after serving a four match suspension.

* On Friday night, Goal claimed: "Mesut Ozil has not travelled with Arsenal ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash at Anfield as he is suffering from flu". Hopefully, this is true.

Having Lovren back in the team will be a massive boost, but he's missed 10+ days of training, so I don't see how he can'be fully match-fit. As such, it's arguably a mistake to play him, and with Ragnar Klavan - a dedicated central defender - available, there's no need to rush Lovren back.

My preferred lineup:

--------------- Mignolet
Clyne ----- Klavan - Matip ---- Moreno
---- Lallana --- Lucas --- Wijnaldum
------ Mane ---- Origi --- Coutinho

* Xhaka: €46m-rated. Hailed by Arsene Wenger as 'brilliant'


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