ARSENAL VS LIVERPOOL PREVIEW: KEEP IT SAFE
Liverpool have indeed made a good start to the season. In fact, as of Sunday, Manchester City and Liverpool are the only teams with a 100% record in the league, although the former have played 3 games, while we have played only 2. After two victories against teams that were ranked lower than us last season, we now head to London to play against Arsenal who were finished higher than us.
Away against a difficult opponent
Liverpool’s record at the Emirates Stadium hasn’t been good at all. In fact, in the last 10 fixtures Liverpool have won 1, lost 7 and drawn 2 against the Gunners at the venue. The last time the two met at the same venue, Arsenal came out 4-1 winners, after leading 3-0 in the first half. Liverpool had no answer against the expertly executed attacking moves of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, who ripped apart the Red’s defense without mercy.
Judging by the stats and the recent history, the probability of a Liverpool victory is pretty low. However, the current Liverpool squad certainly appears to be stronger than the one that were thumped by the Gunner’s last time. The addition of Nathaniel Clyne and Joe Gomez has tremendously bolstered the Red’s defense while the midfield and the strike forces are also considerably stronger with the addition of the likes of Benteke and Firmino. However, Liverpool may need to cope with the absence of team captain Jordan Henderson this time, who will probably be out due to a foot injury.
A draw wouldn’t be a bad result
Victory at The Emirates for the Reds against Arsenal will be nothing short of a miracle. The Gunners did lose against West Ham in the first game at the venue, but there is no doubt that opposition manager Arsene Wenger will up the game against a stronger opponent. In fact, Arsenal started the season with a victory against Chelsea at Wembley in the community shield and downplaying them so early in the season can be a big mistake.
However, a draw will be welcomed by both sets of fans given their current run. Arsenal certainly aren’t at their best, judging by the struggling performances in the last two games and despite the two victories, Liverpool certainly seemed to struggle a lot against both Stoke and Bournemouth.
Judging by the performances of the last two games, it’s possible that Reds manager Brendan Rodgers will again opt for a single striker in the form of Benteke, while Lucas Leiva could make a comeback in a defensive lineup. Perhaps, Rodgers will opt for a balanced formation in the first half, but it would be wise to be defensive in the second half.