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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp predicts Unai Emery will make two changes to Arsenal team

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp believes Arsenal counterpart Unai Emery will start Nicolas Pepe and Granit Xhaka in their Anfield showdown tomorrow night.

Both sides have got off to perfect starts in the Premier League; Klopp’s men thrashed Norwich 4-1 before winning 2-1 away at Southampton, while Arsenal edged out 1-0 and 2-1 victories against Newcastle and Burnley.

Emery is yet to start new signing Pepe, though, who joined from Lille for a club-record £72m this summer.

Nicolas Pepe is yet to start for the Gunners since completing a £72m switch from Lille
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The Ivory Coast international, who began pre-season training late because of his involvement in the Africa Cup of Nations, came off the bench in Arsenal’s first two games of the new campaign.

Xhaka was given the nod in midfield for their opening trip to Newcastle, but he missed the following clash with Burnley after suffering bruising to his lower leg and back.

And Klopp is expecting to see both men line up against his Liverpool side in tomorrow’s late kick-off.

Klopp thinks Emery will bring Pepe and midfielder Granit Xhaka into his starting XI tomorrow
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“Arsenal will probably change two key positions,” he said.

“Probably Pepe will start, which will not make them weaker, and Xhaka probably.

“I can’t see many other changes.

“What has happened a lot to us in the last few months or maybe years, when you’re analysing [the opposition], especially in the early stages, then they play completely different, playing build-up against everybody but not against us.


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“I’m not saying Arsenal do this but it makes life analysing quite tricky, especially in the early stages of the season.

“I have no idea how [they will play against us], I know what they did in their first two games, I know what they did against us last year.

“But I don’t know more, so we have to make a couple of decisions that makes us kind of independent of what they do.”

Original article: https://www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/football/liverpool-boss-jurgen-klopp-predicts-18993161

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