Liverpool will be keen to return to winning ways against favourite opponents Arsenal when the Premier League returns this weekend.
Jurgen Klopp’s side will have a real point to prove at Anfield following their 3-2 defeat to West Ham United just before the international break.
That defeat in East London saw the Reds drop down to fourth spot in the league, just one spot above Saturday’s visitors.
Arsenal are one of the form teams in the Premier League after a run of nine matches without defeat but their recent record at Anfield is wretched.
This Premier League clash will kick-off at 5:30pm on Saturday, November 20.
Liverpool v Arsenal: Team news
Jurgen Klopp could be without as many as seven first team players for the visit of Arsenal this weekend.
Andy Robertson is a major doubt for Liverpool after being forced off during Scotland’s clash with Denmark on Monday evening.
Jordan Henderson and Sadio Mane picked up knocks on international duty but the latter was involved in team training on Tuesday.
Roberto Firmino is still weeks away from returning from a hamstring issue while Divock Origi suffered a dead leg for Belgium against Wales.
Harvey Elliott remains Liverpool’s only long-term absentee but this weekend may come too soon for both James Milner and Naby Keita.
Curtis Jones has also suffered a setback in his return from an eye problem that he sustained via an accidental collision in training.
Arsenal look set to be without Sead Kolasinac and Granit Xhaka for the trip to Anfield while Thomas Partey has also raised doubts over his fitness.
The midfielder missed both of Ghana’s fixtures over the break after suffering a tight groin ahead of the 1-0 win over Watford.
Liverpool v Arsenal: Match facts
- Liverpool have won their last five home Premier League matches against Arsenal, netting at least three goals in every win – they last had a longer home top-flight winning run against the Gunners between September 1981 and January 1988 (seven in a row).
- Since Jürgen Klopp took charge of Liverpool, Arsenal have won just one of 11 Premier League games against the Reds (D3 L7), with the Gunners coming from 1-0 down to win 2-1 at the Emirates in July 2020.
- Liverpool’s defeat at West Ham last time out ended the Reds’ 20-game unbeaten run in the Premier League. Each of their last three defeats in the competition have been against London sides, with the Reds losing consecutively against Chelsea and Fulham before that 20-game run.
- Arsenal are now on the longest unbeaten run of any side in the Premier League (8 – W6 D2). The Gunners last had a longer run without defeat in the competition between August and December 2018 (14 games under Unai Emery).
- Liverpool are unbeaten in nine Premier League home games (W5 D4), having lost six in a row at Anfield before this. However, the Reds let a lead slip to draw their last two home league games 2-2, dropping as many points from winning positions in these games as they had in their previous 23 at Anfield combined (4).
- Arsenal have kept six clean sheets in their last nine Premier League away games, including each of the last three in a row. The Gunners haven’t kept four consecutive away clean sheets in the competition since May 2005.
- Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp has won 2.18 points-per-game in his 11 Premier League games against Arsenal (W7 D3 L1 – 24 pts), with only Roy Evans (2.30 – including one game as joint-manager with Gérard Houllier) and Pep Guardiola (2.82) averaging a higher points-per-game ratio against the Gunners in Premier League history among managers to take charge of 5+ games against them.
- Mohamed Salah has been directly involved in nine goals in nine Premier League games against Arsenal (7 goals, 2 assists), while at Anfield for Liverpool he has scored four times and assisted two more in four league appearances against the Gunners.
- Against no side has Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino scored more Premier League goals than the eight he has against Arsenal, though he’s failed to score in any of his last four against the Gunners.
- Among players to have played at least 75% of their game time as a striker in the Premier League this season, Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has applied more pressures than any other striker in the competition this term (374).