|Liverpool and Arsenal have reasons to win on Sunday at the Emirates, it will be great to watch for the neutrals. (Photo credit: Sky Sports)|
The big Sunday clash at the Emirates is a significant one; Liverpool cannot afford to lose and then go fourteen points off the top of the table at this stage of the season, such result clinically eliminates the Kops from the equation.
Liverpool hasn’t had the type of start to a season they’d prefer. This is the first time since Jurgen Klopp’s first season in charge that Liverpool wouldn’t be in the title conversation as early as ten games in, it can go from bad to worse if they don’t beat Arsenal on Sunday.
Arsenal will go into this fixture for once and feel they have a real chance to beat Liverpool. The visitors have always enjoyed this fixture since Klopp took over and will seek to continue the dominance but will Arsenal allow it?
The Gunners slipped to second on Saturday after Manchester City dispatched Southampton without even hitting second gear; Arsenal can return to the summit with a win but they have to do it the hard way against a wounded Liverpool team.
What has changed about Arsenal? The mentality has improved, the boys are now accountable in possession and the way they fight back after conceding says a lot about the difference between the Arsenal of old and the Mikel Arteta Arsenal.
Liverpool can welcome Thiago Alcantara back into the middle and also call on Fabinho and Henderson while only Mohammed Elneny and Emile Smith Rowe are unavailable for the Gunners. Arsenal must be cautious with the high line, Liverpool will be happy to exploit gaps.
There will be key battles between Roberto Firminho and William Saliba and even a bigger one between Gabriel Jesus and Virgil Van Dijk; the Liverpool defense must be wary of the trickery of Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli while Diogo Jota will be itching to continue his great run against the Gunners.