Arsenal will be out for revenge after last year’s embarrassing defeat at Anfield while Liverpool will be reluctant to drop points at home.
Liverpool vs Arsenal – Premier League 2019/20
Venue : Anfield
Date : Saturday, 24 August 2019
Kick-off : 5:30 PM BST
The top two in the Premier League are set to face in another exciting fixture in which we might see either one or both teams’ 100 per cent win record coming into an end.
The Champions League winners have started the new season on the front foot after defeating Norwich and Southampton comfortably to be at the top of the league table while the Gunners look like a rejuvenated side with their new signings and the involvement of youth. Both teams come into this fixture with high on confidence but both sides need to sort out some of their issues.
Liverpool have been brilliant in the attacking phase and the midfield battles but there are still some spots up for grabs in midfield. In defense, Liverpool have been pretty poor so far as compared to last season so there could be an opportunity for Matip or Lovren to capitalize on. Meanwhile, Arsenal have upgraded their attack and midfield but even after the signing of David Luiz they lack something in defense. Speed is one of the factors as with 3 out of the back four are aged over 30 years the Gunners will find it hard to cope up with the blistering pace of Mo Salah and Sadio Mane.
Liverpool and Arsenal have met 54 times in the Premier League with the Reds getting the better out of the Gunners with 20 wins. Arsenal have been victorious 15 times with both teams sharing points on 19 occasions.
The last encounter between both sides was back in December 2018 where the Reds smashed Arsenal 5-1 with Roberto Firmino scoring a hattrick while Sadio Mane and Mo Salah grabbing one each. For Arsenal, Ainsley Maitland-Niles was their lone scorer in the game.
Naby Keita and Alisson Becker will miss the match with groin and calf injuries respectively.
Nathaniel Clyne remains sidelined for a
long time after suffering from a knee-injury in pre-season.
Jurgen Klopp might look to reshuffle his midfield once again with Fabinho and Jordan Henderson in the mix,while the defense and attack should remain unchanged.
Kieran Tierney (groin), Hector Bellerin (knee), Rob Holding (knee), Konstantinos Mavrapanos (groin) all remain injured while Granit Xhaka is training to be fully fit.
Mesut Ozil is back in contention after missing out on last weekend with an illness. However, he’s likely to be on the bench as Dani Ceballos is expected to be handed another start after his impressive performance against Burnley.
Nicolas Pepe could be in line for his first start in the Premier League as both Reiss Nelson and Joe Willock could drop to the bench with Lucas Torreira adding some energy in midfield.
Former Chelsea defender David Luiz is expected to continue at centre-back along with Sokratis as Shkodran Mustafi see himself drop down in the pecking order.
Last season’s joint top-scorers Mo Salah and Sadio Mane have hit the ground running this season despite with both wingers scoring and assisting a goal each. To add to that, Roberto Firmino has also started this season on a high after getting his name in the scoresheet. It’s not common to see all the three players in top form at the same time. Normally it’s either one or two of them having a dry spell while the others produce the goals.
Talking about the top-scorers, Arsenal hitman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has also found his shooting boots early as he scored in both the opening games of the season. Alexandre Lacazette has looked sharp, scoring in his first appearance of the season while record-signing Nicolas Pepe is adapting to the new league and it’s only a matter of time before he gets going.
Mo Salah to score anytime @ 21/20
Sadio Mane to score anytime @ 6/5
Roberto Firmino to score anytime @ 7/5
PE Aubameyang to score anytime @ 21/10
Alexandre Lacazette to score anytime @ 5/2
Nicolas Pepe to score anytime @ 16/5
Liverpool have won both their opening games with their attacking trio of Salah, Firmino and Mane all getting off the mark in some fashion. While the goals having been coming for the Reds, they are conceding at the same time too. The defensive mistakes are not the mistake of a single player (except for Adrian vs Southampton) and the Alisson injury has been a big blow for the Reds.
Arsenal this season have something different in them. The new signings have obviously boosted the morale of the squad and you can see that when the Gunners play. Earlier, when Arsenal used to concede a goal the atmosphere turned quite negative and the players were like they’ve given up but now with the addition of the new signings and the youth, the Gunners look a lot better this season.
We have two sides who’re on top of the table, have been scoring goals and have been defensively shaky. Liverpool and Arsenal has always been a high-scoring fixture and with all three top-scorer playing in the same fixture you can’t expect a low scoring fixture. The Reds of Merseyside are still a bit rusty while the Gunners need to sort out their defensive issues. For Liverpool every point counts and so does for Arsenal. We expect this to be another high-scoring game with Liverpool just being able to get away with a win.