[Confirmed Lineups] Arsenal v Liverpool - Bellerin Returns To Starting Lineup

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In his biggest test yet in a Liverpool shirt; Fabinho flopped.

Further forward, the talented but frustrating Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan continue to blow hot and cold, but the two flair players at least now put a shift in for the team and play with a sense of objective. On this evidence, Klopp's predication seems rather generous. You can not [press] because someone is asking you - it doesn't work. Xhaka's passing range was to the fore as well over 90 minutes he appeared to enjoy, now freed from his recent toils as an emergency left-back.

Arsenal versus Liverpool is serious business - he knows that now. But that would have been unjust. "It would have been a very good moment, going [in] 1-0 [up] at half-time". Guendouzi and Elneny's absence makes it easier for him to start and this is a huge opportunity to make a statement.

The 25-year-old was largely overshadowed in midfield by fellow South American Lucas Torreira, who is growing in stature with every appearance.

Klopp's Liverpool are now second on the Premier League table only on goal difference. Even the players who weren't openly bragged about still accounted for some pretty understated positive performances (more on that later).

Arsenal began the game on top but it was Liverpool that had the ball in the back of the net on 18 minutes.

All very simple. All very effective. Emery's arrival after 22 years of Wenger represents a seismic change and there will be defeats ahead - but Arsenal can analyse what was meant to be a forensic investigation of their tactical transformation and give themselves a pass mark. That's a sign of how far they've come.

And Torreira got involved in the attack too.

They'd have ranked 17th in the Premier League if the full-time whistle came after 45 minutes in the Premier League this season, while Liverpool had the best record at the break, going into this weekend.

And according to the laws of the game, the forward remained on-side as the move progressed by ensuring that he stayed behind the ball as the following image shows. It was a composed away display and although Liverpool will be upset to let in a goal late on after taking the lead, Klopp will be happy to leave the Emirates with a point.

They passed with flying colors.

Milner said: 'When you are disappointed with a point at Arsenal it is a positive thing. That isn't the case any more.

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