Liverpool will welcome Arsenal to Anfield in the Premier League for their third consecutive home match after hosting Crystal Palace and Hoffenheim. Arsenal will try to bounce back from their 1-0 defeat away to Stoke City last weekend but they will face an uphill task to overcome the team that tore Hoffenheim apart 4-2 at Anfield on Thursday.
Jurgen Klopp will be without Nathaniel Clyne, Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana for the Arsenal clash while Arsene Wenger has confirmed Alexis Sanchez and Laurent Koscielny are ready to return for the Gunners.
Santi Cazorla will still be out of the game as he still recovering from an Achilles injury he picked up last season.
Liverpool won their previous two Premier League meetings with Arsenal but they haven’t won three in a row against Arsenal since May 1998 which they won four in a row.
Also, Arsenal gathered the fewest points in matches between the top six sides last season and lost half of their 10 matches against fellow top six opposition. The last time Arsenal won a Premier League away game against a side that finished in the top six last season was back in January 2015 when they won 2-0 at Manchester City.
Liverpool, on the other hand, had won more points than any other top six sides from 10 Premier League matches against the rest of the top six last season.
Roberto Firmino has scored three goals in four Premier League games against Arsenal while Petr Cech has conceded most of his goals against Liverpool (26) in the Premier League.
Predicted Starting Line-Up
Mignolet; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Lovren, Moreno; Henderson, Can, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane.
After decimating Hoffenheim at Anfield, Liverpool will hope to bring their momentum to the Premier League. Jurgen Klopp should name an unchanged side from the one that won against Hoffenheim during midweek.
The Reds’ pace and fluidity in attack will be the main cause of concern for Arsenal particularly from wide men Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah. The only concern for Liverpool will be how fresh the key players in the squad are after European duty in midweek. Without any doubt, Sadio Mane will be the man to watch for Liverpool once again. If Liverpool can sort out their defensive problems, they should have no problems making it three out of three against Arsenal.
Prediction: Liverpool 2-1 Arsenal