24th August, 2019
The thriller at Anfield is upon us on Saturday as Liverpool hosts Arsenal in a British Premier League cracker that promises to be full of fireworks from both teams.
Both teams are not only the ones with a perfect record of two wins from two matches so far this season but are also well known for their love for attacking football, a good reason for football fans to throng to the stadium and viewing centers to watch this match unfailingly.
Liverpool currently occupy the first position on the table having claimed victories in their opening two games of the season. On the other hand, Arsenal are going to the Merseyside with the aim of claiming the top spot having also garbered six points so far this season.
Despite a somewhat underwhelming start to the season, Jurgen Klopp’s Reds have no reason not to be confident heading into this mammoth clash at Anfield.
They not only claimed the UEFA Super Cup against Chelsea, but have also followed that up with two consecutive Premier League wins, and equaling the club’s own record of 11 in the process.
The last time they tasted defeat in the league was way back in January against eventual champions Manchester City.
However, Liverpool narrowly got away with a victory in their second game of Premier League action this season as goals from Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino put the Reds in what seemed like a comfortable like a comfortable position against Southampton.
The final minutes of that game were made slightly uncomfortable when an Adrian mistake saw former Red Danny Ings pull a goal back for the Saints.
The Reds were able to grind out the result though, which could potentially be the mark of title winners that they can still earn three points even when they’re not at their best.
The hosts’ first choice goalkeeper Alisson remains ruled out with the injury that he picked up against Norwich so Adrian will once again be playing between the sticks.
In the same vein, midfielder Naby Keita is also restricted to the sidelines with a groin injury. Elsewhere, long-term absentee Nathaniel Clyne is still out with a serious knee injury.
As for the visitors, they kicked their season off with a tight 1-0 success against Newcastle United before following that up with a hard-fought 2-1 win against Burnley at home.
The implication of those wins is the fact that the Gunners have now won two consecutive Premier League games at the start of the season for the first time since the 2009 season.
Arsenal actually now have a wonderful opportunity to make it three consecutive league wins at the start of the season for the first time since the beginning of the 2004/05 campaign.
Those two victories also mean that the Gunners are now on a run of four consecutive victories in all competitions. The Gunners have not won five games in a row since October 2018.
One area in which the team’s supporters will hope to see improvement in this season is Arsenal’s form away from home in the Premier League. The Gunners have only picked up 25 points in 19 games away from the Emirates last season and only won three out of their last 13 away fixtures.
With their recent win against Newcastle though, they will hope that they have left their travel sickness firmly behind them.
As far as their team news are concerned, Arsenal could have two midfielders back in the fold for Saturday’s clash with Mesut Ozil and Granit Xhaka both edging close to full fitness.
However, Hector Bellerin, Konstantinos Mavropanos, Kieran Tierney and Rob Holding all remain ruled out. Summer signing Nicolas Pepe has yet to start for his new employers so will be gunning for his first 90 minutes.
- Liverpool have the better all-time head-to-head record between the two teams (W87, D61, L78)
- The Reds won the last game between the two 5-1 in December 2018
- Arsenal have not won in their last eight games against Liverpool
- An average of five goals has been scored in the last ten matches between the two sides
- Mo Salah has had a hand in seven goals (four goals, three assists) in his last five appearances against Arsenal
The match at Anfield really should be an entertaining one to watch with both teams keen on putting down a marker for the rest of the campaign. Both teams are brilliant in attack so there could well be some goals.
Taking into consideration the results of recent clashes between the two teams, that could well be a clever bet. On this occasion though, Liverpool being on home soil will just give them the edge in a thrilling game.