It’s the biggest week of Liverpool’s season so far. Before the visit of narcocleptics Man United on Sunday, the Reds host Arsenal on Wednesday night. If they avoid defeat in both, Liverpool will be in the Europa League places, which isn’t ideal. But they’ll have cut the gap on the top four considerably. But if they do lose, they could fall into the bottom half.
Jurgen Klopp will be happy with returning to Anfield after the ”shocking” pitch at Exeter on Friday night. That wasn’t the only thing shocking about the match, as the Reds labored to a 2-2 draw. But with a replay in a couple of weeks, the German can focus on the league again with the first of two huge games at home this week. Despite being ravaged by injuries, he should just have enough players left to put out a respectable team against Arsenal.
It wasn’t plain sailing for Arsene Wenger in the FA Cup either however. Arsenal fell behind to Sunderland, before switching into top gear thanks to goals from Joel Campbell, Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud. In the end, it was comfortable as the North Londoners look for three cup titles in a row.
- Liverpool have only beaten Arsenal twice in the league since 2008
- Christian Benteke has three goals against Arsenal
- That 0-0 in the Emirates in August was the first between these two sides since 1998
- Klopp managed sides have played Arsenal seven times, with two wins, two draws and three defeats
In a reverse of the game in August, this time it’ll be Liverpool with a makeshift defence. It’s anyone’s guess as to who the centre-back pairing will be. Whoever they are, they’ll have to deal with a rested Mesut Ozil .Ozil’s pass accuracy (88%) is higher than any Liverpool player, and he’s created 67 chances. Not to add three goals to his 16 assists. I think there’s a high chance that the World Cup winner will open the scoring at which is worth a fiver
For the Reds, Adam Lallana wasn’t given a run out in Exeter, despite being a sub, so I’m expecting him to make an appearance against Arsenal. If Liverpool manage to breach the tough defence of their opponents, he’s the best value to do it at . Benteke was impressive in the 0-0 in August. When he scores, Liverpool tend to win (only failed to do so twice this season). A win cast with the Belgian is
I know it was a ‘weak’ team, but considering Liverpool barely have any hamstrings left, I think they’ll struggle. With Leicester away at Spurs, Arsenal will be hoping their North London rivals can do them a favour to stretch their lead at the top of the table. Arsenal -1 is my tip. A repeat of the result from the start of the season will give you odds of