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I don’t quite get it, I must say. I understand it’s Liverpool’s system, but to me it allows Arsenal to dominate midfield with an extra man and also overload the width – remember Chelsea vs Man United yesterday until Graham Potter brought on Kovacic for Cucurella.

The BBC believes that Liverpool play a 3-4-3, with Fahey, Flaherty and Campbell at the back and Koivisto, Hinds, Holland and Matthews in midfield.

Beard says his team has been strong at home and is looking forward to the game because they enjoy playing the best teams. Eideval, meanwhile, says it was a tough turnaround, but the team has plenty of confidence; on Miedema, he tells us that the performance in Lyon was better under him, so Maanum deserves to keep his place.

Liverpool is less noisy than London where he was watered all morning. I daresay Arsenal will be happier about that than their hosts.

Back to Charles Antaki’s point about Miedema, I thought she might come back up front, with Maanum staying and possibly Blackstenius dropping out. But you can’t argue with a 5-1 win in Lyon – I hope the team celebrated by tucking into the local cuisine.

My guess is that Liverpool will try to defend deep and stay narrow in midfield, forcing Arsenal to go wide. This will mean work for Weinreuther and McCabe, who will need to provide width while Meade and Ford head towards goal, while their three midfielders keep the ball moving to try and find holes in Liverpool’s back four.

So how do you stop Arsenal? Also, what is 22 divided by seven?

Email! “Well, it worked last time,” says Charles Antaki. “Midema on the bench and a team beating the European champions 5-1. I suppose it’s safe to joke that she likes this deep role and is now fulfilling her wish by lying so deeply that she’s off the mark; but one can understand her surprise at Maanum when she came up against a team that really didn’t need her fielding style. And if the team wins again, Miedema will ask himself, what then?”

Yes, I’m sure her conversation with Eideval was interesting. No doubt she’ll be back at some point, but it seems unlikely she’ll be happy being benched for the biggest games.

As for Liverpool, I think they will play a 4-3-3 today, in contrast to the 3-4-3 they tried in a low-scoring loss at Spurs last time out. To accomplish this, Matt Bird makes two personnel changes, with Cairns and Furness out and Campbell and Holland coming in.

OK, I was wrong: Miedema remains on the bench, which must sting a lot for a killer of her caliber. But when you do what Arsenal did in midweek, it makes sense to change now, and that’s exactly what Eideval did – or didn’t do.


Arsenal (4-3-3 not negotiable): Zinsberger; Weinreuther, Wuben-Moy, Catley, McCabe; Little, Maanum, Walti; Mead, Blackstenius, Ford. Subscriptions: Marchese, Williams, Beatty, Maritz, Reid, Nobbs, Miedema, Iwabuti, Agyemang.

Liverpool (which looks like a 4-3-3): Laws; Koivisto, Flaherty, Fahey, Matthews; Campbell, Hinds, Holland; Lawley, Stengel, Daniels. Subscriptions: Cummings, Kirby, Robe, Roberts, Cairns, Wardlaw, Furness, Humphrey, Silcock.


Good morning and good luck Liverpool. No, it’s not your relentlessly neutral MBM expressing affection, but the milk of human kindness, because Arsenal are on one. They’ve won three out of three in the league so far this season, scoring nine goals and not conceding a single one, and then they traveled to Lyon in midweek and thrashed the European champions 5-1.

And it’s not just the players who feel, though they do. Jonas Eideval didn’t include the lovely Vivian Miedema in midweek – who does? – for Frida Maanum, and was rewarded with exactly the water features he expected. So today Midem is expected to come back absolutely mad to ensure her manager never dares to do this again. Yes, good luck Liverpool.

But Liverpool have their own game. They shocked Chelsea on the opening weekend of the season by beating the English champions, and although they have lost twice since then, they will want to be among them and make the game as unpleasant as possible. So bear with me because it should be a lot of fun.

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