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Match Preview: Liverpool vs Arsenal

The Reds repeatedly said they didn’t need to strengthen this past summer.  The Arsenal match will be their first true test.

This weekend’s highlight match involves the only two remaining sides with an unblemished record in the Premier League. 

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The game is bound to be an exciting one with both team’s ability to press high and attack with quality.

Recent History

Recent fixtures between Liverpool and Arsenal have created multiple high scoring classics.  In the last five years alone this fixture has produced 44 goals. 

Half of these games have ended in a draw, proving how close and contested these matches usually are.

Arsenal fans will feel optimistic with their new additions including Nicolas Pépé, Kieran Tierney, Dani Ceballos and David Luis.  While the European Champions have had a slow summer, Klopp feels the unity of his squad can defeat any team in Europe.

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The Red’s will have extra motivation heading into the weekend with Manchester City dropping points in their previous contest.  After how close the two sides finished last season, any dropped points could be the difference between being champions and second place.

Liverpool Team News

Alisson’s injury is set to keep him on the side-lines for at least a few more weeks so it seems Adrian is in line to make his second Premier League start for Liverpool.  Hopefully, he has learned from his mistake in the previous game.

Naby Keïta is another unfortunate absentee because of a muscle strain sustained in the lead-up to the Super Cup Final. Reports this past week have hinted at a potentially long recovery for the Guinean, but Klopp has assured fans it would only be a few more weeks.

Nathaniel Clyne’s knee will continue to keep him sidelined long-term as well.

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After a full week’s rest since the Southampton win, Jürgen’s squad should feel relatively fresh heading into the next match day.

Predicted XI: Adrian, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Henderson; Mané, Firmino, Salah.

Kick-Off: Saturday 17:30 UK Time

Bring it, Anfield!  We need you for this one!

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