|Liverpool and Arsenal have always served goals, you should bank on them to do it again on Saturday when they meet at Anfield. (Photo credit: 90Min)
It’s arguably the fixture of the month, second on the log, hosting the team at the top. To be the best, you have to beat the best. Welcome to Anfield.
The ever-noisy Anfield hosted Manchester United last weekend, and the fans were left frustrated. Manchester United adopted a defensive approach, withstanding Liverpool's attacks and effectively countering their every move.
Arsenal are in good shape, but they have a mental block when they go to Anfield. They came pretty close last season. They led 2-0 through Gabriel Martinelli and Gabriel Jesus but settled for a 2-2 draw in the end, one of the results that took the title away from them.
In the 2-0 win over Brighton at the Emirates, Arsenal limited their visitors to a solitary shot on target and played the majority of the game right inside the Brighton half. They won’t have it so easy at Anfield, but they will have their chances.
Liverpool’s form is indifferent, but if you’re truly as good as your last result, then the Gunners must be worried. Liverpool dismissed West Ham 5-1 in the League Cup on Wednesday; it was their third win in five games across all competitions.
How will they line up? Liverpool will be without the trio of Alexis Mac Allister, Diogo Jota, and Joel Matip as they join long-term absentees Andy Robertson and Tiago Alcantara. Wataru Endo is expected to join Dominik Szoboszlai and Ryan Gravenberch.
It’s as we were for the Gunners on the injury front. Takehiro Tomiyasu, Fabio Vieira, and Jorginho are all ruled out of the game, with Thomas Partey rumoured to be facing a late fitness test to be available for the trip to Anfield.
Liverpool will rely on the quick thinking and good whips of Trent Alexander Arnold, with Mohammed Salah pulling the strings on the right against Alex Zinchenko. It’s a game that has a rich history of an average of four goals per game; it should live up to the billing.
Bukayo Saka’s intelligence and the chaotic runs of Gabriel Martinelli will test Liverpool’s fullbacks, and with Alexander Arnold set to fill in to support the midfield, the Gunners can feast. The key battle will be in the midfield, where Declan Rice will be immense once again.