Liverpool host EPL rivals Arsenal on Sunday for an early-season crucial clash between two teams who completed a point and a place apart in the table last season and the Gunners have a point to prove at Anfield as they look to kickstart their season after last week’s loss to Stoke particularly with the arrival of their lethal weapon Alexis Sanchez.
Sanchez whose future has been the subject of extreme speculation all summer with Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain intensely connected was given an extended break following his exploits at the Confederations Cup amid the summer and his arrival to full training was deferred first by an episode of influenza and afterward a stomach strain. The ex- Barcelona star has under a year staying on his present Arsenal contract.
The Reds come into the game in certain mindset subsequent to securing a spot in the Champions League group stages with a 4-2 home triumph over Hoffenheim on Wednesday night that rounded off a 6-3 total triumph against the German club.
It’s been a long time since Arsenal last won at Liverpool – a 2-0 triumph back in September 2012 – but with Laurent Koscielny and Alexis accessible once more, the away side have been given a genuinely necessary lift.
While Liverpool won 20 points from 10 Premier League matches (W5, D5) against whatever is left of the top six of every 2016-17, more than any other side, Arsenal had the most exceedingly bad record in games including the top six last season, guaranteeing nine points and losing five of 10 matches.
Liverpool will survey Trent Alexander-Arnold, who was forced off against Hoffenheim with a dead leg, and Emre Can, who has a knee issue. want away midfielder Philippe Coutinho stays on the Reds’ injury list, alongside Adam Lallana and Nathaniel Clyne.
Alexis Sanchez could make his first EPL appearances of the season subsequent to recouping from a stomach strain. while Laurent Koscielny is likewise available subsequent to finishing a three-game ban.
Head To Head
Liverpool won both of their Premier League meetings with Arsenal last term. They haven’t won three top flight matches in succession against the Gunners since a four-game streak from 1996 to 1998.
Games between these clubs have delivered 17 Premier League goals in the 90th minute or later – more than any other EPL fixture
Liverpool manager – Jurgen Klopp
“Until 31 August a lot of things are really possible, in and out. If the transfer window closed tomorrow, I’m happy with it. Divock Origi was not in the squad [against Hoffenheim on Wednesday], he has done nothing wrong, it just shows how big the quality already is.
“We will see what happens. I’m happy at the moment, will I be happy on the 31st? Not sure. Will I be more happy? It’s possible.”
Arsenal manager – Arsene Wenger
“Alexis [Sanchez] has worked very hard to be back again and he is available. He works very hard, is focused and gives absolutely everything. He loves to play so much that it is sometimes difficult to stop him but he looks absolutely ready.
“He loves to play football and I don’t think he is too disturbed by all the noises that happen. Players at that level are used to it now, some deal better with it than others but I don’t think he is too bothered by that.” Wenger told BBC Sports