An injury-hit Liverpool team host league leaders Arsenal at Anfield in the Premier League. The Reds played against a very young Exeter City side in their last game but managed a 2-2 draw. On the other hand, the Gunners comfortably won 3-1 against Sunderland in the FA Cup.
Injuries have forced Jurgen Klopp to recall several youngsters from their loan spells while Liverpool also completed the loan signing of Steven Caulker from Queens Park Rangers. Arsenal have lost just once in their last 5 games and are favourites to win the battle at Anfield today.
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Liverpool have a number of injury concerns. Belgian striker Divock Origi has been ruled out for another month after undergoing a knee surgery. The likes of Martin Skrtel, Philippe Coutinho, Dejan Lovren, and Jordan Rossiter are all out with hamstring injuries while Daniel Sturridge is also ruled out for the next two games against Arsenal and Manchester United.
There is some good news as well, skipper Jordan Henderson has returned from injury and Klopp might be forced to start him today while Jordan Ibe was also seen training and is expected to start today. Defenders Mamadou Sakho and Kolo Toure have also shrugged off concerns injury concerns and are expected to start against Arsenal.
Arsene Wenger confirmed the Gunners will be without Alexis Sanchez for their trip to Anfield while Mesut Ozil and Per Mertesacker will return to the squad after being rested for the game against Sunderland. Rosicky is back in training but is expected to miss out the game at Anfield, while the likes of David Ospina, Jack Wilshere, Francis Coquelin, Danny Welbeck and Santi Cazorla are all sidelined with injuries.
Liverpool(4-2-3-1): Mignolet, Clyne, Kolo, Sakho, Moreno, Allen, Henderson, Milner, Lallana, Ibe, Firmino
Arsenal(4-2-3-1): Cech, Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Flamini, Ramsey, Campbell, Ozil, Walcott, Giroud
The Reds have won three of their last 5 games in all competition. Their only defeat came against West Ham United in the Premier League while they managed a 2-2 draw against Exeter City in the FA Cup. Jurgen Klopp’s team registered wins against Leicester City, Sunderland, and Stoke City. Liverpool have scored 5 goals and conceded 4 in their last five games.
Last 5 matches: W-W-L-W-D (Last match: Exeter City 2-2 Liverpool)
The visitors are in brilliant form having won 4 of their last five games, with their only defeat coming against Southampton in the Premier League. They won 2-1 against rivals Manchester City, 2-0 against Bournemouth, 1-0 against Newcastle United, and 3-1 against Sunderland in their last game in the FA Cup.
Last 5 matches: W-L-W-W-W (Last match: Arsenal 3-1 Sunderland)
Manchester United are the only team to win more games against Liverpool than Arsenal.
No other fixture has seen more hat-tricks than Liverpool vs Arsenal. (5)
35 goals have been scored in the last league 9 games between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield.
Ozil has been directly involved in 16 of Arsenal's last 24 Premier League goals (3 goals, 13 assists).
Arsenal have scored first in 14 league games this season, more than any other team.
Betting Odds (bet365)
Liverpool – 15/8
Draw – 12/5
Arsenal – 13/8
Arsenal look unstoppable at the moment, and Liverpool’s injury concerns only makes it more difficult for them.
Liverpool 0-3 Arsenal