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    Thursday, 14 October 2021

    Arsenal weighing up Oxlade-Chamberlain reunion

    Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been linked with a return to Arsenal in the January transfer window


    The England midfielder could be handed the perfect chance to assess his Liverpool future this weekend when the Reds take on Watford in the absence of Fabinho and Thiago Alcantara.

    Klopp is set to grapple with selection issues ahead of the Saturday clash, with Alisson and Fabinho expected to miss the lunchtime  kick-off due to Brazil facing Uruguay in the early hours of Friday morning.

    Thiago Alcantara is also a doubt with a calf injury, while Harvey Elliott is of course still sidelined by the ankle injury he suffered in the win over Leeds United last month.

    Trent Alexander-Arnold is expected to return after missing Liverpool's games against Porto and Manchester City, while Diogo Jota was sent home from Portugal duty this week after a muscle problem prevented him from training with his international team-mates.

    Jones would likely be handed one of the starting roles, after the midfielder overcame a minor groin issue to notch an assist for England's under-21s against Andorra on Monday.

    With Fabinho expected to be absent and Thiago doubtful, it will be interesting to see where Oxlade-Chamberlain fits in Klopp's thinking - not least for the player himself.

    If Thiago doesn't make it there will be two midfield spots up for grabs alongside Henderson, with Curtis Jones, Naby Keita, Milner and Oxlade-Chamberlain vying for inclusion.

    Jordan Henderson will most likely anchor the midfield in Fabinho's absence, although Milner would also be a candidate with Alexander-Arnold relieving him of right-back duties.

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