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Liverpool predicted XI for Arsenal clash: Contract rebel Sterling starts in Champions League showdown

Liverpool head to the Emirates Stadium on Saturday knowing they will need a win over Arsenal to revitalise their waning top-four challenge.

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Brendan Rodgers’ side slumped to a disappointing 2-1 defeat at the hands of Manchester United in the last round of Premier League fixtures, a result that leaves them five points behind the Red Devils in fourth and six behind Arsenal.

A loss in north London could be the final nail in the coffin for the Reds hopes of securing Champions League football for a second successive season so we can therefore expect a battling performance from the Merseyside club.

Here’s the line-up we think Rodgers will pick to do just that:

Simon Mignolet Liverpool

GK: Simon Mignolet

After a shaky first half to the season, Mignolet has firmly put doubts over his ability and temperament to bed with some brilliant displays since January, and that may just prevent him being given his marching orders in the summer.

RCB: Emre Can

Liverpool’s signing of the season – especially in terms of value for money and future prospects. It will be up to him to keep quiet Arsenal’s interchangeable wingers, likely Alexis Sanchez down the Gunners left.

Kolo Toure Liverpool

CB: Kolo Toure

In Skrtel’s absence the veteran Toure should be recalled to the starting XI. Though not as completely secure, the Ivorian has done exceptionally well when requested this season – most notably against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu.

LCB: Mamdou Sakho

It didn’t look good for the Frenchman when he was storming out of Anfield after being unselected against Everton in September, but much in the same way Liverpool’s season has almost resurrected, Sakho too has shown just why Liverpool spent £18 million on him in 2013, according to BBC.

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