The premier league returns with a showpiece occasion this weekend as two of the biggest footballing showmen Arsenal and Liverpool go head to head at Anfield.
Arsenal would be hoping to go on a 10 game unbeatean run while Liverpool would be looking for the perfect response to their 3-2 defeat away at West Ham last time out.
Sadio Mane is fit to face Arsenal after overcoming an injury scare while a late decision would have to be made concerning the return of Jordan Henderson and Andy Robertson.
Meanwhile, Roberto Firmino, Harvey Elliot, Naby Keita, James Milner, Curtis Jones and Joe Goes remain out for the Reds.
Arsenal on the other hand are set to remain without Thomas Partey for the weekend while captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could feature despite returning earlier than that expected from international duty. Granit Xhaka remains a long-term absentee for the Gunners.
Liverpool Predicted xi: Allison Becker; Tsimikas, Van Dijk, Matip, Alexander-Arnold; Fabinho, Henderson, Oxlade Chamberlain; Mané, Jota, Salah
Arsenal Predicted xi: Ramsdale; Tierney, Gabriel, White, Tomiyasu; Maitland-Niles, Sambi-Lokonga; Smith Rowe, Ødegaard, Saka; Lacazette
Liverpool were unbeaten in the premier league up until the last matchday when they lost to West Ham.
Arsenal meanwhile are the most in form premier league side right now. The Gunners have not lost in nine premier league games so far and they won their last three league games on the bounce. Incredible form right?
Head to Head:
Liverpool have the edge over Arsenal on this one. In 58 meetings between both sides, the Reds have beaten the Gunners 23 times while the Gunners have won 16 times and this fixture has also recorded 19 draws in those 58 meetings.
In recent times, Liverpool have dominated Arsenal. Jurgen Klopp has lost to Arsenal only once since he took over as Liverpool boss and that was in a game that ended 2-1 in favour of the Gunners at the Emirates on the 15th of July last year.
Matter-of-factly, Liverpool have won four out of the last five meetings with that 2-1 victory at the Emirates in July 2020 being Arsenal’s only win over the Reds in this period and we’d have to go back to the 2nd of September 2012 for when last Arsenal beat Liverpool at Anfield.
Difficult one to predict. I find it difficult to see Liverpool losing at Anfield tomorrow given the recent history of this fixture but with the kind of form Arsenal are in now coupled with the fact that Liverpool are struggling with injuries to some key players, Arsenal stand a very big chance.
Nevertheless, this could just end in a draw.
Liverpool 2-2 Arsenal