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STAR PREVIEW: Liverpool v Arsenal

Liverpool and Arsenal are the only two sides with 100% records in the Premier League but one of them will have to go as Liverpool meet Arsenal at Anfield this afternoon.

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool have made a perfect start to the league season, blowing away Norwich at Anfield before being forced to work much harder when they won 2-1 at Southampton last weekend. The Saints had the better of the first half as Liverpool were possibly feeling the effects of their Super Cup victory, which saw them go to penalties against Chelsea, just a couple of days before in Turkey.

That game was a topsy turvy affair, with Southampton dominating the first half before Sadio Mane’s brilliant goal, after which Liverpool took control. They were well on top by the time Mane to set up Roberto Firmino to double Liverpool’s advantage, and after that, they were relatively cruising before Adrian cleared the ball against the shin of substitute Danny Ings to gift Southampton a route back into the game.

Liverpool v Arsenal
Premier League
17:30 Sky Sports Premier League / Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Ultra HD

(Maximum 10 matches)
DEC 2018 PREMIER LEAGUE Liverpool 5-1 Arsenal
NOV 2018 PREMIER LEAGUE Arsenal 1-1 Liverpool
DEC 2017 PREMIER LEAGUE Arsenal 3-3 Liverpool
AUG 2017 PREMIER LEAGUE Liverpool 4-0 Arsenal
MAR 2017 PREMIER LEAGUE Liverpool 3-1 Arsenal
AUG 2016 PREMIER LEAGUE Arsenal 3-4 Liverpool
JAN 2016 PREMIER LEAGUE Liverpool 3-3 Arsenal
AUG 2015 PREMIER LEAGUE Arsenal 0-0 Liverpool
APR 2015 PREMIER LEAGUE Arsenal 4-1 Liverpool
DEC 2014 PREMIER LEAGUE Liverpool 2-2 Arsenal
FEB 2014 FA CUP Arsenal 2-1 Liverpool
FEB 2014 PREMIER LEAGUE Liverpool 5-1 Arsenal

Remarkably, Arsenal have begun their season with successive victories for the first time since 2009 with successes over Newcastle and Burnley. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang snatched victory against Newcastle when Unai Emery couldn’t give much time to Nicolas Pepe or Dani Ceballos in what was a rather mix and match side, but they were improved against Burnley, when Ceballos gave a brilliant performance and Pepe was a constant threat.

Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette combined to score 35 goals between them last season and it was that pair who were responsible for victory against Burnley. Arsenal will always carry a threat with those two and there could be more improvement to come as the two new arrivals bed in too.

Given their superiority in the league last season – Liverpool were 27 points ahead of Arsenal last season – it’s understandable that Liverpool are strong favourites here. There’s also Arsenal’s terrible travel record – if last season’s Premier League was decided by away goals, they’d have finished eighth. Indeed, on the road last season they conceded 35 of their 51 goals, and had just one clean sheet, at Watford when they played ten men for over eighty minutes, and they must improve on that if they are to get back into the Champions League this campaign.

Arsenal have shown enough to encourage their supporters in their two wins, especially as they ought to improve going forward, but it is worth noting that they were outshot 27 to 24 so far in the new season, by Newcastle and Burnley. Arsenal have defended well in their first two, but with Mane, Salah and Firmino lurking, Liverpool will take a lot more stopping. The visitors should enjoy playing on the break however, and Adrian might take some time to bed into Klopp’s style of play here. There have been plenty of goals in previous clashes between Liverpool and Arsenal, and it could be the same again here.

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