Simon Mignolet, who has started all of Liverpool’s competitive games this season, including the 6-3 aggregate win over Hoffenheim that secured the club’s advancement to the Champions League group stage, has been dropped for Loris Karius .
Karius arrived at Anfield last season and was expected to establish himself as the Reds's No.1 but ended up losing his place to Mignolet by the end of the campaign.
Belgium international Mignolet went onto help the club secure a top-four place in the league and has already made some key saves for Klopp's side this term, including a penalty against Hoffenheim.
Naturally, there are some fans and pundits who feel Klopp has made a mistake ahead of the showdown with the Gunners.
Very, very harsh on Simon Mignolet. Done nothing to warrant being dropped. Decision also places huge scrutiny on how Karius performs.— Dominic King (@DominicKing_DM) August 27, 2017
When Liverpool fans realise Karius, Moreno and Lovren will all start today. pic.twitter.com/DGbzOPnpRQ— Not Match of the Day (@NOT_MOTD) August 27, 2017
In the FA Cup against Pub FC, you can play Karius all you want, but Arsenal 3rd game into the season, when Migs has been good? Very bizarre.— - (@AnfieldRd96) August 27, 2017
Perhaps unsurprisingly, given the rumours that continue to surround Philippe Coutinho, a few references to Mignolet being Barcelona’s latest target cropped up.
Simon Mignolet will miss tomorrow's game after handing in a transfer request in light of Barcelona's interest regarding a transfer.— Tony Barrett (@TonyBadNews) August 26, 2017
To sum up my feelings over the whole Mignolet being dropped news pic.twitter.com/lq7wgEBB62— Sam McGuire (@SamMcGuire90) August 27, 2017
It's actually crazy the way people are reacting to Mignolet apparently getting dropped— Anything Liverpool (@AnythingLFC_) August 27, 2017
You would think Klopp is after dropping Buffon....
I've got a crazy conspiracy theory.— Jason Roberts (@_JasonRoberts_) August 27, 2017
Maybe ... just maybe ... Karius impressed in training and ... you know ... earned an opportunity.
Whether he starts or not, back whichever keeper lines up tomorrow. Karius is more than good enough for Liverpool and better than Mignolet. pic.twitter.com/0skcldh7CM— Mik (@MikLFC) August 26, 2017
Strange timing, but have no issue with Klopp dropping Mignolet for Karius. Much better suited to his system in the long term.— Jack Lusby (@jacklusby_) August 27, 2017
When someone says Danny Ward deserves to play over Karius because he's 'young' and 'has shown potential' pic.twitter.com/AozAtaaliv— Si (@PhantomGoal) August 26, 2017
Of course, after 90 minutes against Arsenal, many of these opinions will likely change. A Liverpool victory may well see these Mignolet fans forget all about him while a loss could see the Karius faithful look back at the Belgian keeper with wistful eyes.