Anfield is gearing up for a thrilling Premier League clash between two of the biggest names in football. Liverpool are set to welcome Arsenal.
The home side are currently sitting in eighth place in the league on thirty points. The visitors are top of the table on forty two points, two points better than second place Leicester.
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A win for Liverpool could see them overtake Crystal Palace and move within one point of Man Utd, following the Red Devil’s dramatic draw away at Newcastle.
An away win, on the other hand, could see Arsenal cement their position at the top of the league, potentially going five points clear. Liverpool underperformed in their last fixture, only managing a draw against Exeter in the FA Cup third round.
Arsenal were able to win their own tie with ease, sweeping aside Sunderland 3-1.
Liverpool have experienced mixed form since parting ways with ex coach Brendan Rodgers and allowing German Jurgen Klopp to take charge.
The home side managed a victory in the semi final of the League Cup away at Stoke. Prior to that, Klopp’s side had managed two wins and two losses in the Premier League. The victories were narrow 1-0 triumphs against Sunderland and Leicester. The losses were heavy 2-0 and 3-0 defeats away at West Ham and Watford respectively.
The Anfield side will benefit from the return of established central defenders Mamadou Sakho and Kolo Toure.
Injuries had previously left Liverpool bereft of options in the middle of the back four.
Arsenal will be without attacking threat Alexis Sanchez who has been ruled out due to not regaining an acceptable level of match fitness.
The club are reluctant to rush him back into the side and risk further injury. Mesut Ozil stands a good chance of returning to the visitor’s XI and Per Mertesacker is also likely to return to the team.
Arsenal have been an attacking force in the Premier League lately, with a sole Boxing Day loss against Southampton the only interruption to an impressive run of four straight wins.
Arsenal are narrow favourites to win this one but the outcome depends upon which Liverpool side shows up on Wednesday.
If Klopp’s team play to their full potential then they stand a good chance of taking something from this game at Anfield.
If, however, Liverpool play as badly as they have at times then they are likely to lose by several goals to a predatory Arsenal attack.