The Gunners travel to Anfield Road on Saturday evening to take on a robust Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Liverpool are yet to taste defeat having won their last eight league games after drawing 2-2 at the Emirates Stadium on November 3.
Unai Emery’s side come into this game after drawing 1-1 away from home to Chris Hughton’s Brighton on Boxing Day.
Whereas Klopp’s team strolled past Newcastle in a comfortable 4-0 victory at Anfield to extend their lead to six points at the top of the Premier League table.
Liverpool manager: Jurgen Klopp
When asked whether English fans were more intense than Germans:
“I would say so. You can feel it. It’s really physical. In Dortmund it was like a religion. But then you come to Liverpool and it’s the next level. You only meet supporters of Liverpool and Everton”
“It’s just more intense. It’s nice. The atmosphere is different. People are in the game. That means if nothing is happening it can be really silent but when the game is lively the crowd is lively. It’s not better or worse it’s different”
“Thank God we’re in a club where the atmosphere is on the very, very good side of the schedule.”
“English people are much better to take the weather as it is. That’s pretty much the only big difference”
“I like this country. It’s clear why. It’s mainly really good people and I have found new friends. I have only a small world. I only go in and out here where we live and here where we work. We are really close.
The 51-year-old German requested Liverpool fans to replicate the atmosphere at Anfield, the same as when news of Leicester’s lead against Manchester City filtered last weekend.
When asked about what he expected of his team for tomorrow’s clash:
“The boys are not silly. To win against Arsenal is always difficult but it’s what we want to do. I would like to have an atmosphere like it was when people found out about the Man City score.”
“We didn’t think about the distance between us and other teams. It is too early.”
“In the moment nothing happens. To explain our situation, maybe, I’m not sure if we spoke about targets at the start of the season but it’s clear at a club like Liverpool you should go for CL qualification”
“We have to try and play football and get results like we want to do.”
(Credit: Liverpool Echo)
Arsenal manager: Unai Emery
On his team for the Liverpool game:
“We are playing a lot of matched in the space of a few days, and we need each day to test how the players are”, said Emery.
“We have players who have the habit of playing in big matches, also in Liverpool, and we know it is difficult for us but for me it is a very big test, I have a big motivation and I am looking forward to our response against them”
“We are in a good position with the points, 38, not very good but it is [quite] good and with the difference to the other teams, they are doing this difference and we need to do our process in the second half of the season to improve”
“We need more, but we need more from everybody and we need more also in our demanding ideas, and we need to continue working on things”
Ahead of this Saturday’s match:
“It is a very big match for us, and for them. They are unbeaten this season, with a very big confidence and big performance from their players. I look at their progress over the last year and they are maybe in the best moment now. But for us it is a big challenge and a good test to know who we are, the difference between them and us in the table is clear and also I want to look at the pitch”
“We have one test against them at the Emirates, we drew but it was a good match. In Liverpool is going to be a different match to what we played here”
Whether he thinks Liverpool could go the whole season unbeaten like Wenger’s side previously claimed in 2004:
“At the moment, they are doing it and they can do. They can do that because they are doing it at the moment”
“The progression with Liverpool is clear. Three years ago, they were out of the Champions League through the Premier League and through the Europa League, because they lost against us [at Sevilla]. This progress is also one example for us, now, in our moment.
“But we need to be very, very demanding of ourselves to do this step quickly in our way.
“But we need also time, and sometimes the patience is very important for us”
(Quotes credit: Arsenal official website)
It has been confirmed that James Milner will be out of tomorrow’s clash but Alberto Moreno returns after recovering from a back complaint.
On the other hand, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could return to full training in February.
Jurgen Klopp also praised his side and admitted this is Dejan Lovren’s best ever year as he stated Liverpool are not getting carried away with their lead at the top of the League.
Three defenders remain unavailable for Emery’s side: Hector Bellerin (calf), Konstantinos Mavropanos (groin) and Rob Holding (knee).
Shkodran Mustafi and Nacho Monreal are both doubts with thigh injuries, this could mean that the Swiss Stephan Lichtsteiner could be deployed at right-back despite a harmful mistake at Brighton.
Henrik Mkhitaryan continues out for six weeks with a broken metatarsal. While, Danny Welbeck is a long-term absentee and Emile Smith Rowe also remains out.
Mesut Ozil was taken off at half-time against Brighton, suggesting he would be unlikely to start at Anfield.
These two sides have met 225 times over the years with Liverpool having a better head-to-head record against the Gunners. The Reds have beaten Arsenal on 86 occasions while drawing 61 times and losing 78.
Their latest meeting ended up in a 1-1 draw at the Emirates in a well-disputed game. In the previous season, the Gunners hold the Reds to a 3-3 draw at home.
Liverpool – W, W, W, W, W
Arsenal – D, W, L, W, D
A Liverpool win at home is being placed at 1/2
A draw between the two teams: 7/2
An Arsenal away win: 19/4
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