Liverpool are awaiting a late assessment on defender Dejan Lovren’s groin injury which forced him off during Wednesday’s Capital One Cup quarter-final win over Bournemouth. Should he not be fit manager Brendan Rodgers can recall Mamadou Sakho or revert to a flat back four. Midfielder Joe Allen missed the trip the south coast but could return to the squad but striker Mario Balotelli is suspended.
Arsenal’s Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (both groin) and Nacho Monreal (ankle) face fitness tests to determine if they can play. Manager Arsene Wenger fears midfielder Aaron Ramsey will miss the hectic festive fixture schedule with his hamstring problem, but has Calum Chambers back from suspension. Laurent Koscielny (calf), Mikel Arteta (calf), Mesut Ozil (knee), David Ospina (thigh), Abou Diaby (calf), Jack Wilshere (ankle), Tomas Rosicky (thigh) and Serge Gnabry (knee) are all still out.