Liverpool host Arsenal in the Premier League at Anfield this evening (8pm kick-off) seeking to take advantage of Manchester City’s slip-up to Leicester City. Express Sport brings you live updates from Merseyside as the Gunners seek a third successive win over the Reds.
Arsenal are winless at Anfield since beating Liverpool in 2012 but Mikel Arteta’s men travel to the home of the Premier League champions having not lost either of their last two clashes with the Reds.
The north Londoners won 2-1 at the Emirates in July before a Community Shield penalty shootout triumph over Liverpool at Wembley last month after a 1-1 draw.
But Arteta said ahead of the match: “They are all very different games. The one we played at the Emirates and the final were very different. It will be different again.
“We know the standards they have set in this league, how consistent they have been. That’s because they dominate almost every aspect of the game.
“We need to be at our best, we need to compete very well against this team. Hopefully the boys are ready to do that on Monday.”
Liverpool have hammered Arsenal several times at Anfield in recent years – and Jurgen Klopp has acknowledged the challenge his side will face against the Gunners tonight.
Writing in his matchday programme notes, Klopp said: “What a superb job Mikel is doing already at Arsenal.
“It is clear from their performances and results that he has imposed himself and his ideas early.
“The team already has a clear identity and purpose under his leadership.They have also become winners in a short space of time under Mikel, with the FA Cup and Community Shield. Congratulations on both of these – great achievements.
“Arsenal have an exceptional group of players. From back to front, world-class talent.
“Obviously without supporters in the stadiums you have to feel this positivity via what you hear and see through the media, but it is obvious their club has a bounce about it.
“I think this is great for the Premier League if I’m being honest. From a selfish point of view, not great for us because it is another outstandingly strong team in a competition full of them.
“But Arsenal is a fantastic football club and therefore as a ‘football fan’ I love to see them in this sort of mood. Hopefully not today, though!”
Liverpool starting XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Keita, Wijnaldum, Salah, Firmino, Mane.
Arsenal starting XI: Leno, Holding, Luiz, Tierney, Bellerin, Elneny, Xhaka, Maitland-Niles, Willian, Lacazette, Aubameyang.
Liverpool bench: Adrian, Williams, Milner, Jones, Origi, Jota, Minamino.
Arsenal bench: Runarsson, Gabriel, Kolasinac, Saka, Ceballos, Pepe, Nketiah.
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