The Premier League’s two remaining 100% records will end this Saturday evening as Liverpool hosts Arsenal in a top of the table clash.
Both Liverpool and Arsenal won their opening two games of the season. The clubs are yet to meet on Merseyside with full confidence.
Jurgen Klopp Champions league holder has a few things to straighten out in defense and midfield. However, the attack looks as strong as ever and it’s upon Unai Emery to keep them at a bay.
The Gunners looked more resilient early in the new campaign. With the shrewd signings and positive results, they are sure to be sent optimism soaring around North London. Nevertheless, Anfield is a huge test where Emery’s squad stands in terms of their 2020 ambitions.
What you need to know
Naby Keita is set to miss out for Liverpool because of a groin problem while Alisson Becker remains out of action. This means Adrian will continue in goal.
Nathaniel Clyne is the only other long-term absentee for Klopp, will be pushing for a squad role at Anfield together with Dejan Lovren.
There is likely hood for Klopp to bring Fabinho and Jordan Henderson back in the fold for Gerginio Wijnaldum and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in midfield. The attack and defensive should remain the same as against Southampton.
In Arsenal, David Luiz had his first start against Burnley. He should retain his role in the lineup alongside Sokratis Papastathopoulos.
Since both Reiss Nelson and Joe Willock have started the opening games of the season, Emery will find it hard to drop either at Anfield. Between the two, Nelson is more likely to make his way while Lucas Torreirs could come in for some added midfield bite. Nicolas Pepe was an option also after an impressive cameo last weekend.
Mesut Ozil expected to be back in contention after missing out against Burnley due to his illness. Dani Ceballos is likely to be handed the No.10 role again after his superb performance at the Emirates.
Hector Bellerin (knee), Konstantinos Mavropanos (groin) and Kiera Tierney (groin) are all out. Rob Holding (knee) has rejoined full first-team training while Granit Xhaka is easing back to full fitness.
Two of the Premier League’s best sides coming together makes predictions tricky. Liverpool looks a bit rusty and Arsenal will feel this game is theirs for the taking. A score draw is a decent bet on Saturday. 2-2