Liverpool host Arsenal this Sunday as they look to build on their improved form, having qualified for the Champions League earlier in the week.
Another exciting weekend of Premier League football beckons, and this time Liverpool will host Arsenal for their third game of the campaign.
Last weekend saw a nervy but ultimately successful weekend for the Reds, with a second-half strike from Sadio Mané earning a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace and then earlier in the week Jürgen Klopp’s side booked their place in the group stage of the Champions League.
The Reds are in good form with three wins in their last three matches in all competitions, while the Gunners visit Merseyside looking to bounce back from their disappointing defeat to Stoke last week after Jesé Rodriguez enjoyed a dream start to his Stoke City career.
Liverpool are unbeaten against the top-six teams in the league and will hope to maintain that record this season, with reinforcements in their attack such as Mohamed Salah providing the pace they need to get past their opposition’s defenders.
Klopp heavily rotated his side for the visit of Palace, yet only managed to get over the line once Salah and Dominic Solanke added some fresh legs in attack, and will have to get used to utilising his players with a jam-packed fixture list in the coming months.
Liverpool came out on top in both meetings with Arsenal last season, but they haven’t won three in a row against the Gunners since 1998. In the two games last season, 11 goals were netted and goals can most certainly be expected this weekend.
Liverpool haven’t lost to Arsenal at Anfield since 2012/13 and their last win at the fortress was a wonderful 3-1 cruise to three points.
Philippe Coutinho looks unlikely to play until the transfer window closes as his future remains up in the air, while Adam Lallana remains sidelined with an injury.
Nathaniel Clyne is still absent, while his replacement Trent Alexander-Arnold limped off against Hoffenheim with a dead leg but is expected to be fit for the fixture. Emre Can should also be available despite a minor issue in midweek. Gini Wijnaldum is available following a brief return to the Netherlands for the birth of his child.
Arsene Wenger’s side will be able to call upon the services of defender Laurent Koscienly but it remains to be seen whether Alexis Sanchez will start against Liverpool.
Both sides will be desperate for three points following mixed starts to the Premier League campaign. The fixture has seen 44 strikes in the last ten meetings and is guaranteed to provide plenty of drama at both ends. I’m going for a 2-1 win for Liverpool – as much as I’d love a clean sheet, I can just see the Reds conceding before the interval.
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