Community Shield: Confirmed Arsenal vs Liverpool Line Ups

Liverpool return to competitive action when they take on Arsenal in the Community Shield behind closed doors at Wembley.

Jurgen Klopp has confirmed a number of injury updates ahead of the game, and games kicking off at different times and being played on unusual dates is one thing.

But another will be the sight of squads used to the maximum with more rotation than ever before.

That starts in the very first game, which journalistic law dictates must be referred to as the traditional curtain-raiser.

And the one Liverpool player who should be getting the nod is Rhian Brewster.

We all know what Roberto Firmino can do. So do Arsenal. But setting a confident, in-form Brewster loose from the start would put the cat among the proverbials. He can join Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, with Takumi Minamino the first substitute on.

Neco Williams can stay at right-back even if Trent Alexander-Arnold is available, gaining more valuable experience. The rest of the defence picks itself.

Midfield, though, is an odd one. Fabinho looked very much out of sorts against Salzburg in midweek, and perhaps Gini Wijnaldum can be the defensive shield here.

Naby Keita is in, with a chance going to another youngster in Curtis Jones. James Milner will be seen at some point.

The Community Shield is often derided as a glorified friendly, but nobody should turn their noses up to silverware.

Arsenal vs Liverpool Lineups

Arsenal Lineup

Arsenal 3-4-3

  1. D. Martínez
  2. R. Holding
  3. D. Luiz
  4. K. Tierney
  5. H. Bellerín
  6. M. El Nenny
  7. G. Xhaka
  8. Maitland-Niles
  9. Saka
  10. E. Nketiah
  11. P. Aubameyang

Liverpool Lineup

Liverpool 4-3-3

  1. S. Mané
  2. R. Firmino
  3. M. Salah
  4. G. Wijnaldum
  5. Fabinho
  6. J. Milner
  7. Robertson
  8. V. van Dijk
  9. J. Gomez
  10. N. Williams
  11. Alisson

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