There are plenty of reasons to believe the Swiss international could still make a notable contribution to the Reds’ season upon his anticipated return from injury, despite his lack of game time in recent months.
Author: James Noble
Those three numbers are what appear to make these sides so similar, yet oh so different, at the same time. James Noble dissects the formations that make this steadily intensifying modern-day rivalry all the more fascinating.
The clubs’ 192nd meeting on Saturday afternoon at Villa Park also represents their first since Valentine’s Day of 2016. There was common ground back then – despite the 6-0 scoreline in Jürgen Klopp’s side’s favour – and there’s even more now.
The Reds welcome Unai Emery’s Arsenal to Anfield in the fourth round of the competition this week and, with both sides likely to field youthful starting elevens, numerous elements of the clash could prove beneficial to Jürgen Klopp’s less experience squad members.
The nature of the contest and its cast may be trickier to predict than on many previous occasions, but Liverpool will know they can tick some big – and new – boxes, whatever the context, come 4.30pm on Sunday afternoon.
At such a young age, with so many attributes and so much progress made already, the Academy graduate’s possibilities – and options – feel uniquely broad.
From Southampton to Salzburg — via Barcelona — there are verbal gems and key moments aplenty behind the Reds’ ever-improving mentality under the German.