Liverpool will need to bounce back and return to winning ways at Arsenal if they are to break the English top-flight’s all-time points record this season.
Arsenal vs. Liverpool
Wednesday, July 15, 2020 – 8.15pm (BST)
Premier League (36)
Referee: Paul Tierney
The result ensured the Reds’ season tally has been capped at 102 points, where only a win at the Emirates will keep the champions within touching distance of setting a new all-time record.
Liverpool will have had four days to prepare for the clash with Arsenal and head into the meeting off the back of three games in 10 days, ensuring changes to the XI are expected once more.
The boss anticipates another “interesting” challenge as he comes up against Mikel Arteta for the first time.
The Gunners’ manager, meanwhile, does not have games on his side as he looks to push his team into a European qualification spot, with their defeat at Tottenham the latest in a string of setbacks.
The two teams have a track record of looking to entertain the masses at the Emirates with goals never in short supply, and the Reds will look to have their shooting boots on to take advantage of an Arsenal defence which is culpable of making a mistake or two.
James Milner was once again forced to miss out on the matchday squad against Burnley as a precaution which stems back to his injury against Everton and he remains sidelined for this one, with Jurgen Klopp expecting the veteran back next week against Chelsea.
Arsenal, meanwhile, have a number of long-term injuries which ensures the likes of Bernd Leno, Pablo Mari, Calum Chambers and Gabriel Martinelli will not be involved, while Matteo Guendouzi and Mesut Ozil are unlikely to be in Arteta’s plans.
Possible Arsenal XI: Martinez, Mustafi, Luiz, Kolasinac, Soares, Ceballos, Xhaka, Tierney, Saka, Lacazette, Aubameyang.
Last 5 Away to Arsenal (All Competitions)
Drew 1-1 – November 2018 (Milner)
Drew 3-3 – December 2017 (Sanchez, Xhaka, Ozil; Coutinho, Salah, Firmino)
Won 4-3 – August 2016 (Walcott, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Chambers; Coutinho x2, Lallana, Mane)
Drew 0- 0 – August 2015
Lost 4-1 – April 2015 (Bellerin, Ozil, Sanchez, Giroud; Henderson pen)
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And two more goals against the north London side for the Brazilian will see him become the Reds’ most prolific goalscorer in the topflight against Arsenal, surpassing both Gordon Hodgson and Robbie Fowler (nine).
While goals at Anfield have been hard-going, he does his best work on the road having found the net eight times so far, a trend he will look to add to at the Emirates on Wednesday.
Liverpool – Last five results (all competitions)
Arsenal – Last five results (all competitions)
Lost 2-1 vs. Tottenham
Drew 1-1 vs. Leicester
Won 2-0 vs. Wolves
Won 4-0 vs. Norwich
Won 2-1 vs. Sheffield United
“We had one of our better performances against Burnley but we didn’t score the goals.
“We have to show the attitude and desire again. We have a very difficult schedule to finish the season.”
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