Liverpool vs Arsenal: LINEUPS and Match Preview

With results elsewhere opening the door for Liverpool to re-ignite their title challenge, Brendan Rodgers’ men have the ultimate opportunity to close the gap on league leaders Arsenal.

Lineups to be provided from approx 11.45am

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Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez will be hoping to make more of an impact after being kept quiet at the Emirates in November

And with a superlative home record in tow, along with a strikeforce that this writer cannot praise enough, the Reds certainly have a realistic chance of moving within five points of the Premier League summit, at least for a number of hours. That is, of course, provided the calamitous defending they demonstrated in their last outing is not replicated. Indeed, so bizarre were Kolo Toure’s frequent unsuccessful ball-carrying bursts from his own penalty area against West Brom, the Ivorian seemed almost determined to cost his side a goal, which he eventually did, and ultimately an extra two points. Daniel Agger’s potential return would boost the hosts’ hopes of beating a Gunners side sporting a terrific record on the road this term, one which has lost only twice in 12 away from the Emirates, and won nine of their last ten matches all told. Arsenal’s terrific recent record at Anfield is another reason to approach investment in the Merseysiders with caution.

TEAM NEWS

Liverpool

  • Glen Johnson, Lucas and Jose Enrique injured
  • Mamadou Sakho and Daniel Agger to be assessed before the match
  • Martin Kelly in contention to start

Arsenal

  • Aaron Ramsey, Theo Walcott and Abou Diaby injured
  • Tomas Rosicky, Jack Wilshere and Yaya Sanogo to be assessed before the match

FORM GUIDE

Liverpool

West Brom 1 – 1 Liverpool
Liverpool
4 – 0 Everton
Bournemouth
0 – 2 Liverpool
Liverpool 2 – 2 Aston Villa
Stoke 3 – 5 Liverpool

Arsenal

Arsenal
2 – 0 Crystal Palace
Southampton
2 – 2 Arsenal
Arsenal
4 – 0 Coventry
Arsenal
2 – 0 Fulham
Aston Villa 1 – 2 Arsenal

HEAD to HEAD

Arsenal
2 – 0 Liverpool
Arsenal 2 – 2 Arsenal
Liverpool
0 – 2 Liverpool
Liverpool
1 – 2 Arsenal
Arsenal
0 – 2 Arsenal

STATISTICS

  • Arsenal haven’t lost a domestic match at Anfield in seven years, winning three of the pair’s six Merseyside meetings since
  • Exactly half of the sides’ 16 total meetings since 2007 have ended as a score draw, with six of those eight bouts producing a 1-1 scoreline
  • Santi Cazorla has bagged five times within his last six games, and netted twice in three total appearances against the Reds
  • Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez have 40 goals between them in as many combined appearances this campaign
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