GUNNING FOR THE GUNNERS
WE GO AGAIN! Against Arsenal. After all the disappointment of the Manchester United game and the international break, Liverpool are back to their football again and we play the earliest fixture of the day, today (12:45).
The result against our rivals Man United meant that we did not gain the three points we needed to claim 4th place in the Premier League. It meant Man United went up to 5 points ahead of us, with 8 league games left to play. They play Aston Villa today and we need Villa to take some points off them, with either a draw or a win while Liverpool beat Arsenal if we want to still make sure we’ll be taking 4th by the end of the season.
Only 4 teams sit above us in the league now. Chelsea (league leaders), Manchester City (2nd place, chasing Chelsea for the title), Arsenal (in 3rd) and Manchester United (4th place).
Arsenal have sat in 3rd place like an obedient dog this season, not moving much at all. They’ve had some help from new signings like Alexis Sanchez as they have kept their form for a long time over many games this season but they’ve not gone undefeated – they have lost 6 of their games this season and Liverpool have lost 8 of ours. We both have drawn 6 games this season and then the rest of the fixtures were wins. only 6 points separates the two teams right now.
Statistically, Liverpool have beaten Arsenal more times than they have won against us in total – with 76 wins for Liverpool ever since we’ve started the long history of battles between our two clubs. There’s no “definite” winner in this game – either club could claim victory and both would need the points as we’re chasing places for Champions League qualification until the end of the season. Draws happen occasionally, but I just don’t think it will be that way with the stakes being so high. Arsenal couldn’t afford Man United to overtake them with a win as they drew against us. They’ll be looking not to lose their 3rd place spot. Liverpool chase 4th place still and will need Man United to drop some points against any of the teams they play before the last league game of the season has ended – we want United to stop winning and get some draws and even losses so that Liverpool can catch up.
Daniel Sturridge has been an injury concern recently after revealing that he had some “discomfort” in his hip after the Man United game. He is on the substitute bench for the Arsenal game and we could see him, if the manager says he can come onto the pitch. I’d love to see his dance, after a goal he scored against them.
Liverpool have had a couple of suspensions to deal with recently – Steven Gerrard and Martin Skrtel have 3 match bans. We see the return of Lucas Leiva and he will be put right back into the side as a replacement for Gerrard in midfield. Defense is still tight, with Toure, Sakho and Can holding the back line today. Can we keep a clean sheet maybe? YES CAN CAN!
Liverpool are not afraid and we go into this game with confidence, despite our loss to Man United. We know we can beat Arsenal. We’ll be looking to players like Raheem Sterling and Coutinho for goals most likely, but many of our squad have gotten themselves onto the score sheet this season – it’s possible others could contribute.
We’re not at home today, but we’ll be supporting our team as if we are. Often Liverpool fans can be heard louder than the home crowd at away fixtures. We’re the most passionate football fans I’ve ever seen and I love you all for it, Anfield Family.
The fans around the world will be watching too, and even if we’re not at the Emirates stadium today – I know we’ll all be walking together on our way to wherever we find to see the game. YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE, Reds!
[written by] Stuart Drewery.
I’m an Englishman (born and raised in Liverpool in the 80s). My whole family including my parents and grandparents were Liverpool fans so i was born into being a red.
I’ve seen Liverpool win the league (about 25 years ago) and I’ve been 100% loyal and committed while supporting the Reds through all the good times AND the bad times since the 80s.
I’m a die hard Liverpool fan (only supported ONE club in my whole life, Liverpool) and one of the most dedicated fans you’ll ever meet