Liverpool: Daniel Agger, Sebastian Coates, Jose Enrique, Glen Johnson, Lucas Leiva & Mamadou Sakho - Out
Arsenal: Abou Diaby, Kim Kallstrom, Aaron Ramsey, Thomas Vermaelen & Theo Walcott - Out; Jack Wilshere - Doubtful
Arsenal: Matthieu Flamini
Form - Last 5 games
This weekend's heavyweight contest sees Liverpool host Arsenal in a match both teams must win if they are to achieve their respective ambitions this season.
For Liverpool this match takes on added importance because they have twice dropped points in recent weeks due to Brendan Rodgers tactical error in the first half against Aston Villa, and Kolo Toure's baffling assist that enabled Victor Anichebe to grab an equaliser for West Brom last week.
As for Arsenal, this big match would not have the added importance if it was isolated amongst a series of fixtures against smaller teams. Instead, today's match is the first of many massive matches Arsenal have in succession that will test their resolve as a major player, or an also ran in the league and cup competitions.
The nature of the match may result in cagey match, suiting Arsenal as they have repeatedly shown they players to absorb pressure for large amounts of the game and still have enough to pull out a victory.
No doubt Arsenal will have their hands full with Suarez and Sturridge, though Koscienly and Mertesacker dealt with the troublesome duo the last time the teams played and will be confident they can do so again.
Mikel Arteta will be pivotal in helping the Arsenal center backs out. In November when they last played, many were concerned the pace of Liverpool's attack and would leave Mertesacker for dust, and the skill would force Koscienly into last ditch tackles.
Arteta plugged those gaps and enabled Koscienly and Mertesacker to play deeper - away from the attentions of the Liverpool duo.
Arteta had a good match largely because the link player to the Liverpool duo - Coutinho - didn't play in the first half and when he came on in the second half, it was his first appearance in a while. Today, Coutinho will be 100% fit and he will be central to Liverpool's hopes today. No player has attempted more through balls than Coutinho in the Premier League and if he gets the better of the Arteta, the frailties the Arsenal defence will be exposed.
Though, whereas Arsenal's defensive problems lie on if and buts, Liverpool's defensive problems are a guarantee as long as Arsenal perform to the best of their capabilities.
Left back Cissokho has had a torrid time this season and I expect Arsenal to draw him out of position with their passing and movement.
Liverpool's two center backs are also prone to making several mistakes when it comes to positioning and hate dealing with tall strikers. This is where Ozil and Giroud come into play. I am not the biggest fan of Ozil, especially when it comes to his big game temperament, but Liverpool defensively tend to allow their opponents time and he should thrive on that.
As for Giroud, his presence will cause the likes of Kolo Toure a nightmare in the air. He should win several of his aerial duels to change the balance of the game.
I also do not expect the Liverpool midfield to provide much protection, Arsenal may not be as rabid as the physically fit Aston Villa, but their movement drags and tires players - something a 33 year old Steven Gerrard will struggle with.
Liverpool 1-3 Arsenal