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5 reasons Liverpool will beat Arsenal on Friday

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 27: Petr Cech of Arsenal saves from Mohamed Salah of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield on August 27, 2017 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 27: Petr Cech of Arsenal saves from Mohamed Salah of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield on August 27, 2017 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images) /
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Sadio Mane of Liverpool and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain of Arsenal battle for possession during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield.. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images) /

No.3: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Revenge Game

I love a revenge game. The discarded, under-appreciated player returning to prove his former club wrong. I think the Englishman is a lock to start in the midfield three at the Emirates on Friday.

This is the position that he wants to play in. One of the reasons he left Arsenal is that they would never settle on a position for him and they didn’t trust him in midfield. He rejected Chelsea because they wanted to use him as a wing back. And they’re Chelsea.

He is going to get a chance to prove Arsene Wenger wrong. He was well liked at the club and most of the Arsenal fanbase were sad to see him go to a rival club. But the French manager’s indecision with his future has opened the door for him to bite them in the backside.

Oxlade-Chamberlain is a player who has benefitted from Klopp’s increasing method of squad rotation in the last few months. He has done well with those opportunities, culminating in Sunday’s excellent performance against Bournemouth.

The productivity on the pitch – and the team spirit in post match interviews – has won even some of Liverpool’s most skeptical fans. A top rate showing against his old club will only help speed his growing influence at Anfield.