Defensive duo set for Liverpool return

Defensive duo set for Liverpool return

Kolo Toure and Mamadou Sakho are set to return at the heart of injury-ravaged Liverpool’s defence against Premier League leaders Arsenal at Anfield.

James Milner (calf), Jordon Ibe and Jordan Henderson (foot) could all be back in Jurgen Klopp’s squad too after the German made several changes for the FA Cup third round tie at Exeter on Friday.

However, Martin Skrtel, Dejan Lovren, Philippe Coutinho, Divock Origi and Daniel Sturridge are all ruled out with hamstring problems, and Joe Gomez and Danny Ings are missing with long-term knee problems, while Lucas Leiva may have to be deployed as a makeshift centre-back if Toure (cramp) or Sakho (knee) fail fitness tests.

Provisional squad: Mignolet, Clyne, Sakho, Moreno, Lucas, Can, Henderson, Milner, Lallana, Firmino, Benteke, Bogdan, Toure, Smith, Randall, Ibe, Allen, Brannagan, Kent, Teixeira, Ward, Flanagan, Ilori.

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