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Liverpool Vs Arsenal Team News: Nicolas Pepe Starts, Alisson And Naby Keita Still Out

Liverpool Vs Arsenal Team News: Nicolas Pepe Starts, Alisson And Naby Keita Still Out

Nicolas Pepe makes his first start for Arsenal following his £72 million transfer from Lille.

Unai Emery has handed the Ivory Coast attacker his first start for the Premier League clash at Anfield. He starts in attack alongside Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang with Alexandre Lacazette dropped to the bench.

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Jurgen Klopp has made two changes for tonight's game, drafting in club captain Jordan Henderson and Fabinho for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and James Milner.

Liverpool XI

Arsenal XI

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Liverpool are still without Alisson and Naby Keita for the visit of Arsenal.

The Brazilian goalkeeper (calf) and Guinea midfielder (muscle strain) remain sidelined.

Alisson injured his calf in Liverpool's opening-day win over Norwich on August 9 and Jurgen Klopp is unsure on when he'll return.

The Reds boss said: "He looks good, he is in good shape, a good mood, but it will take time, I don't know [how long] exactly. [There is] no date in my mind and nobody told me a date, we didn't ask, we want to give him the time he needs, but it looks good.

"In the beginning he was on crutches, which is normal with the injury he had. They are not there anymore, so he walks normally and he can really train completely differently now to a week ago.

"I think from now on it will go quick, but how quick I don't know."

On Keita, Klopp said: "'Long-term' doesn't mean six months, it means a couple of weeks.

"So no, no real news. He's still doing well but not close enough for this weekend."

Topics: Liverpool, Arsenal

Sunni Upal

Sunni Upal is editor at SPORTbible

 

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