Liverpool vs Arsenal
England – Premier League
Date: Saturday, 24 August 2019
Kick-off at 17:30 UK/ 18:30 CET
Venue: Anfield (Liverpool).
Premier League organizers seem to be determined to excite their fans right away from the initial stages of the competition. After some high profile games in the first two match-days, we are now afforded a match-up between the Reds and the Gunners. Interestingly, these two now possess the top two spots in the table and are also the only two in the tournament to boast of a 100% winning record so far – which will change for sure once the weekend is done with.
Since these two are the toppers and have won their total two fixtures, the victor in this upcoming tie will gain a massive upper hand going forward this campaign, and as such, we could expect a feisty battle.
Liverpool vs Arsenal Team News:
Liverpool do not have any new injury concern but are set to miss out Alisson [calf] in goal and Naby Keita [groin] in the middle of the park. Nathaniel Clyne remains the long-term absentee after rupturing his ACL during pre-season.
Arsenal have received a double boost with Granit Xhaka and Mesut Ozil both set to return to action. Rob Holding is closing in on regaining his match fitness, but the weekend tie would be too early for him to be involved. Hector Bellerin and Konstantinos Mavropanos remain sidelined with their respective knee and groin injuries, whereas new recruit Kieran Tierney will have to wait further to make his debut due to a groin strain.
Liverpool vs Arsenal Probable Lineups:
Liverpool (4-3-3): Adrian; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joel Matip, Virgil van Dijk, Andrew Robertson; Fabinho, Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum; Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane.
Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Bernd Leno; Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, David Luiz, Nacho Monreal; Granit Xhaka, Lucas Torreira; Nicolas Pepe, Dani Ceballos, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang; Alexandre Lacazette.
Liverpool vs Arsenal Last Meeting:
Their last meeting at Anfield was back in December when the Reds clinched a thumping 5-1 win despite conceding early. Ainsley Maitland-Niles strike was cancelled out by Roberto Firmino moments later who went on to grab a hattrick exhibiting his composure in the attacking third. Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah also made it to the scoresheet in the first half.
Liverpool vs Arsenal Head-to-head Stats:
Liverpool Win: 87
Arsenal Win: 78
Liverpool vs Arsenal Key Players:
Liverpool’s front three of Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino have always been on fire against the Gunners and Klopp, the Anfield chief would demand a similar impact on Saturday evening.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette are enjoying a productive run in front of goal. Dani Ceballos was exhilarating against Burnley and would look to offer creativity from the centre of the pitch.