Arsenal travel to Anfield on Sunday in what is surely a must win, or at least a must not lose game for both sides. Despite some promising arrivals in the summer, both clubs have dropped points in their opening two fixtures.
Liverpool stumbled in their Premier League opener, drawing 3-3 against a Watford team that looks very good under Marco Silva. In the last game Liverpool eventually managed to break down a stubborn Crystal Palace side at home, and whilst they were not great, they did crucially manage to pick up the three points. Now, Klopp will be looking for his side to step up their performance again, though the midweek distraction against Hoffenheim could prove costly considering Klopp’s style of play.
Arsenal will need to be a lot more clinical than they were against Stoke City to win this game. The Gunners were not awful, but they did not make the most of the chances they created and have looked vulnerable defensively in both of their Premier League games.
Who do you fancy for this one? The best odds are offered by Betfred at 8/7 for a home win and I think that Liverpool are good value for the money. They tend to do well against Arsenal and I cannot see the Gunners managing to cope with the brilliant Liverpool attacking force.
It’s hard to know what line-up Arsenal will go with as they are likely to welcome Alexis Sanchez back to the squad, but is he ready to start? They certainly could have done with the little Chilean against Stoke City last weekend. He’ll certainly be the one to watch if he’s fit enough to start the game. For me, he must come in for Danny Welbeck, who, for all his graft, does not have the killer instinct in front of goal to make him a world class player. Arsenal need to have two goal scorers in their front three and when Mesut Ozil plays (not a goal scorer) it means there needs to be two others, playing Welbeck as the other wide forward seriously restricts the Gunners goal threat.
Liverpool will need to be wary of the threat from the likes of Olivier Giroud and Alexandre Lacazette, both of whom have already scored in the league this season and both offer something very different.