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Written By Albert Echatah

The most anticipated Premier League match of the season is the top-of-the-table match between Liverpool and Arsenal, which takes place at Anfield on Saturday night.

At this stage, the Gunners lead their Merseyside rivals by one point, but Aston Villa is also very close behind and ready to take advantage of any mistakes made by their podium opponents.

Liverpool

Liverpool played out a disappointing 0-0 draw with Erik Ten Hag’s Manchester United last Sunday, as Jurgen Klopp’s team relentlessly attacked the Red Devils’ door in an attempt to gain an advantage, refusing to give any early Christmas presents to their fierce rivals.

Klopp has issued a rallying cry to supporters as Liverpool looks to avoid losing scoreless in back-to-back Premier League home games for the first time since March 2021.

Form

In Wednesday’s EFL Cup quarterfinal matchup against West Ham United, Klopp’s team lit up the blue touch paper once again, putting on a five-star performance in a 5-1 thumping to advance to a semi-final meeting with Fulham.

Player’s to watch

Mohamed Salah has either scored or provided an assist in 4 of his last 6 games. The talismanic forward has scored 11 goals and provided 7 assists in 17 EPL games for the merseyside based club. Mohamed Salah has scored nine goals in 13 top-flight appearances against Arsenal.

Arsenal

Since Brighton & Hove Albion shot to prominence, Arsenal supporters have become all too familiar with the Seagulls’ home losses. However, last weekend at the Emirates, Mikel Arteta’s team clipped Roberto De Zerbi’s team’s wings and took back the top spot in the standings.

Thanks to goals from Kai Havertz and Gabriel Jesus in the second half, and a header from Jesus in the first, Arsenal made sure that their earlier missed opportunities would not come back to haunt them.

Form

The Gunners would be looking down on the other 19 Premier League teams for at least a few hours after defeating the team captained by De Zerbi, who audaciously declared that Arsenal is currently the best club in the top flight league.

Player’s to watch

Gabriel Martinelli has scored 2 goals and provided 2 assists in 15 EPL matches for the Gunners. Gabriel Martinelli has also found the net four times against Liverpool, the Brazilian winger scored and assisted in both Premier League meetings last season.

Team News

This weekend, a few long-term Liverpool absentees will still be unable to play: Stefan Bajcetic (calf), Thiago Alcantara (hip), Joel Matip (ACL), Andrew Robertson (shoulder), Diogo Jota (muscle), Alexis Mac Allister (knee), and recent knee injury Ben Doak are all out.

Similarly, Jurrien Timber (knee), Fabio Vieira (groin), Takehiro Tomiyasu (calf), and Thomas Partey (thigh), who has the least chance of playing, will not be available for Arsenal when they travel to Merseyside.

Head-To-Head

Liverpool are unbeaten in 10 home Premier League games against Arsenal, winning seven and drawing three. Arsenal haven’t kept a clean sheet in any of the previous 15 top-flight meetings, conceding 43 goals during that run.

Hot stat

Liverpool have lost just one of their previous 50 top-flight games at Anfield, while they are unbeaten in the last 20.

Possible Lineup

Liverpool: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Tsimikas; Szoboszlai, Endo, Jones; Salah, Nunez, Diaz

Arsenal: Raya; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko; Odegaard, Rice, Havertz; Saka, Jesus, Martinelli

Verdict

Arsenal team will be a very different proposition to David Moyes West Ham’s side. If Klopp’s call to arms is ignored, as it should not be, Liverpool’s 11-year winning streak against the Gunners at Anfield could be jeopardized. Liverpool 2-2 Arsenal

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