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Liverpool Vs Arsenal Preview

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Liverpool Vs Arsenal takes the late kickoff slot Saturday in the Premier League. Arsenal (5th, 20 points) will look to leapfrog Liverpool (4th, 22 points) and grace the Champions League places for the first time this season. Confidence is high in the Gunner’s camp as the club looks to make it 11 games unbeaten in all competitions. Liverpool’s last match saw their record 25 game unbeaten run ended in a thrilling 3-2 defeat at West Ham.

Liverpool

The reds enter Saturday with some injury concerns. Jordan Henderson, Andrew Robertson, and Sadio Mane sustained slight knocks over the international break. Klopp stated Thursday that Mane is fit and ready, with the other two remaining doubtful for the match. Mohamed Salah picked up the Premier League Player of the Month award for October, but has failed to find the net in November. Incidentally, the 2 match goal-less streak has hardy affected the Egyptian’s productivity.

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Kostas Tsimikas is an able duputy for Andrew Robertson, but if Henderson is unfit Liverpool become vulnerable in midfield. Thiago Alcantara and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain do not provide the same level of defensive stability that the club captain brings. Both replacements are much more forward thinking than Henderson and can consequently leave Fabinho with too much space to cover in midfield. Roberto Firmino is still recovering from a hamstring injury picked up against Atletico 2 weeks prior. Diogo Jota is the likely replacement for the Brazilian forward.

Arsenal

Having commenced the season with 3 consecutive league losses, manager Mikel Arteta appears to have steadied the ship. Since the 5-0 beating handed down by Man City in August Arsenal have scored 13 league goals while conceding only 4. During the unbeaten run Arsenal have struggled in draws against the likes of Crystal Palace and Brighton, but beat Leicester convincingly.

Anfield beckons Saturday. The last time Arsenal made a successful league trip to Liverpool was in 2012. Mikel Arteta lined up in midfield that day. Since, arsenal have struggled at the stadium and been on the receiving end of some major batterings in the process. One silver-lining is Arsenal’s improvement on set pieces this campaign. Liverpool conceded two goals from corners against West Ham displaying vulnerability in area Arsenal excels.

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Arsenal’s performances in their last three league matches lay evidence to the claim Arteta has found his best 11. There is an argument to be made for Kieran Tierney to replace Nuno Tavares at left back, but with the Scotsman having recently returned from injury and playing a large majority of Scotland’s two World Cup Qualifying matches, Arteta may opt to rest him. There is no dispute to Thomas Partey’s claim to a starting 11 position, however. Reports initially claimed Ghanian may be unavailable for the trip to Anfield but the central midfielder is fit. England duo Aaron Ramsdale and Emile Smith-Rowe made their international debuts during the break, with the latter also scoring his first goal for his country. Arteta could look to sacrifice an attacker in exchange for Mohamed Elneny or Ainsley Maitland-Niles should he opt to play on the counter-attack.

Predictions

Anfield, once a bastion of invincibility, is not the fortress it used to be. Liverpool have only won 5 home games out of 17 since Christmas of last year. Meanwhile, this campaign has seen them win only win two of their last five home outings. Arsenal bring a lot of fresh faces with no experience of Anfield. Arsenal have not conceded the first goal during their unbeaten run- how will they fare if Liverpool open the game with a blistering rendition of their trademark geggenpress? The bookies are backing recent history and have listed Liverpool as massive favorites. I am expecting a 3-1 victory to the Liverpool, with Arsenal nicking a goal from a set piece.

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