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Brendan Rodgers chats to Mamadou Sakho, Kolo Toure, Martin Skrtel and Brad Jones during Liverpool training

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Brendan Rodgers could be set to restore Mamadou Sakho to his Liverpool starting line-up for the visit of Arsenal on Sunday.

The Reds manager was photographed talking to the France international, Kolo Toure, Martin Skrtel and Brad Jones during first-team training at Melwood on Friday.

The 41-year-old Northern Irishman has been employing a 3-5-2 formation in recent weeks, but Dejan Lovren’s groin problem could rule the centre-half out of action for the Anfield clash.

Sakho, who joined Liverpool in a £20m deal from Paris Saint-Germain last summer, was a half-time substitute against Bournemouth as he made his first appearance since September following a thigh problem.

Speaking at his pre-match media conference on Friday, Liverpool boss Rodgers confirmed that Croatia international Lovren was a doubt for Sunday’s game.

“We’re just waiting to hear on that – hopefully he’ll be fine,” Rodgers told his pre-match media conference. “We’ll assess that before the weekend.”

Liverpool are in 11th place in the Premier League table after last year’s runners-up suffered a 3-0 defeat by bitter rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford last weekend.

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