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Liverpool's predicted XI v Arsenal

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has some big decisions to make when his side travel to north London to face Arsenal on Monday night.

The Reds have made a perfect start to the season, with back-to-back 1-0 wins away at Stoke and then at home against Bournemouth.

With that in mind, the Northern Irishman won't want to change too much at the Emirates Stadium.

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Consecutive clean sheets

Simon Mignolet is a no-brainer in goal after consecutive clean sheets, and there is little value in making any changes to the back four. That means Nathaniel Clyne and Joe Gomez should continue in the full-back positions, with Martin Skrtel and Dejan Lovren at centre back. Mamadou Sakho is the one to miss out again.

Whilst James Milner has suggested that Rodgers has a squad capable of playing a number of different formations, the 4-2-3-1 formation utilised this so far this season offers stability as well as an attacking presence.

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Milner is one of the two holding midfielders, and Emre Can could be his partner this time around as Henderson battles with an injury picked up against the Cherries. Whilst the captain hasn't broken a bone in his foot, it's not worth risking further problems at this stage of the season. The German also offers a more defensive-minded approach that could be needed against one of the top teams.

Ibe or Firmino?

In the more advanced positions, Philippe Coutinho will continue to pull the strings behind the striker, whilst Adam Lallana is a box of tricks on the left flank. On the right, it's either Jordon Ibe or Roberto Firmino from the start, and the youngster has done just enough in his first two starts this season to get the nod ahead of the Brazilian.

Up-front, there is only one choice - Christian Benteke. The Belgian has been earning rave reviews from his teammates after scoring the winner against Eddie Howe's side at Anfield, and whilst Divock Origi and Danny Ings provide alternatives for Rodgers it's clear who is first in the pecking order on Merseyside.

Liverpool predicted XI v Arsenal:

Mignolet; Clyne, Skrtel, Lovren, Gomez; Milner, Can; Ibe, Coutinho, Lallana; Benteke.

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