Premier League champions Liverpool secured a major coup last week when it completed the signing of Thiago from Champions League winners Bayern Munich, with British media reporting Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea were also keen on bringing in the Spain worldwide.
Arsenal beat Liverpool on penalties in this season's Community Shield and though they have not won a league game at Anfield since 2012, both teams are looking to preserve their flawless starts to the season.
"I haven't been to Anfield with them yet but I'm expecting that every ground we go to, we're going to prepare for the game to win and that they realise they are good enough to do that", Arteta told reporters ahead of Monday's league clash.
"We are choosing the players that we believe are the best for each game".
"He has done a pretty impressive job and changed the whole mood of the club". I don't think a lot of people thought he would have won any competition, but he did that by winning the FA Cup and also the English "Super Cup" [the Community Shield]. "So it's a tough, tough opponent".
Concerns are growing that players will be at greater risk of contracting the virus as they criss-cross the globe to represent their countries or being forced into periods of quarantine when they return to their clubs. They defend in a 5-4-1 which is a pretty tricky situation.
Liverpool midfield signing Thiago Alcantara is in contention to make his first start for his new club against Arsenal in the Premier League.
"Two things persuaded me to stay", he said.
The 29-year-old looked every bit the class act in a 45-minute cameo during Sunday's win over Chelsea following an injury to skipper Jordan Henderson.
Klopp was cautious on that prospect, yet the recent Champions League victor would be an obvious candidate given how well he performed after replacing Henderson at Stamford Bridge. "We have a few days to train, so we will see how we set up". "I have an idea but why should I make the decision today when we have time until Monday?"