Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has confrimed this week that Dejan Lovren is back in training, with the Croatian centre back having taken part in a training session at Melwood this week.
It remains to be seen whether he will be part of the matchday squad, however, with Joel Matip and Joe Gomez also vying for the other centre abck spot alongside Virgil van Dijk.
For Arsenal, Unai Emery is able to welcome back Granit Xhaka after the Switzerland international missed the Gunners’ 2-1 win over Burnley last weekend with bruising to his lower back and leg.
Meanwhile, Mesut Ozil could return to the matchday squad this weekend after concerns about his safety meant eh missed Arsenal’s opening two Premier League matches.
What are they saying?
Although Jurgen Klopp is yet to address the media ahead of this weekend’s match, his reserve goalkeeper, Adrian, has been heaping praise on the team’s defensive contingent:
“It’s really easy to play with them in front of you because they were the best defenders in the Premier League [in 2018-19] and we have one of the best defenders in the world.
“I think, for me as a goalkeeper, they make easy decisions. Honestly, they defend everything like animals! They help me a lot.
“I played against them many times, so now I play with them and I’m enjoying how they play – from behind.
“I’m really happy for them because they are doing really well, they have a great connection between them. They are good players individually, but they are good friends in the dressing room also and you can see that feeling on the pitch.”
Elsewhere, Unai Emery was in a light-hearted mood when giving his thoughts on the Liverpool clash:
“For us we don’t want to play against Liverpool ever. We’d prefer not to play against them.
“That is really our challenge, a really good test. For the supporters, for all of us, going there with six points is good.
“Really our target is to reduce the distance to Liverpool, Manchester City, Tottenham and Chelsea.
“When we play against them it is a big challenge to show how we can be. [Saturday] is going to be a very good match.”
“We are going to prepare first by adapting to them, their gameplan and individual players and after to impose our gameplan and capacity.