Date: 21st December 2017 at 9:04am
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Which players are likely to be unavailable when Liverpool take on Arsenal?…

Defender Joël Matip will be available again for Liverpool when they visit top four rivals Arsenal on Friday night after returning to full training on Tuesday.

The centre-back has missed the past five games due to a muscular injury picked up in the 3-0 win at Stoke City on November 29.

However, with the Reds conceding just two goals, both from the penalty spot, during his absence, and keeping three clean sheets, Matip may have to wait for a return to the starting X1.

Elsewhere there is little change with full-backs Nathaniel Clyne (back) and Alberto Moreno (ankle) remaining sidelined for this enticing encounter.

Daniel Sturridge is again doubtful due to a combination of illness and a minor hamstring problem.


Possible Liverpool X1
Possible Liverpool X1

Selection wise, following a five-day break since beating AFC Bournemouth 4-0, there could be less squad rotation from Kop boss Jürgen Klopp than there has been of late.

Sadio Mané is the one player who is almost certain to be recalled, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain hopeful it isn’t he who makes way against his former side.

Emre Can could also feature after serving a one-match ban last time out.

Opponents Arsenal will be without Frenchman Olivier Giroud after the striker injured a hamstring in the Carabao Cup in midweek.

Aaron Ramsey (thigh) is the only other high-profile absentee though, and his absence could be offset, partially at least, by the availability of fellow midfielder Francis Coquelin following an issue with cramp.

Neither side has anyone ruled out through suspension.


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