Liverpool make the journey to North London for their season opener to take on an Arsenal side who have holes to fill in the middle of their defence. Per Mertesacker, Gabriel and Carl Jenkinson all sit this one out through injury leaving manager Arsene Wenger with a selection headache.
In addition to his defensive woes, Danny Welbeck is also unavailable whilst Euro 2016 finalists Laurent Koscielny and striker Olivier Giroud are not yet back up to speed after having just returned to the club from their holidays.
Liverpool are not immune to the bout of injury problems doing the rounds and Daniel Sturridge will miss this game through injury due to a hip injury and the ever dependable James Milner has a heel problem which is likely to see him miss out as well.
Modern footballers play way too much football and it's a curse on the game. Liverpool will be looking to make their absence from European competition pay dividends with extended rest and recovery periods between games and that is good news for players who are also involved in the England set up.
Liverpool have strengthened their squad this summer adding strength in depth and retaining several players that many had tipped to be deemed surplus to requirements.
Klopp obviously sees it differently, as he does most things, and whilst the Reds have their own problems in defence with injuries to Matip and Sakho a first choice pairing of Lovren and Klavan looks more promising without the error prone Skrtel looming in the background.
The Slovakian was generally a great player for Liverpool but he came with more than his fair share of own goals and helpful defensive assists to the opposition and we all wish him well for the future.
Simon Mignolet retains his keeper jersey for this game, new signing Lorius Karius has a broken hand and misses the start of the season.
The main change for Liverpool has been the addition of Sadio Mane from Southampton (I thought Premier League rules banned “feeder clubs”) and Wijnaldum from Newcastle who add pace and goal threat to wide positions. Lallana and Coutinho will both be looking over their shoulders this season.
I have a hunch Liverpool will edge this game due to Arsenals defensive problems but I'm bucking the trend - Liverpool have won only once in their last 20 visits to Arsenal in all competitions spanning 15 years.