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Goals, goals and some more goals: Liverpool vs Arsenal

When you think of Premier League classics this game is always up there.

It never ever rarely lets the neutral down, but it will often cause alarm and distress for one set of fans.

In recent years Arsenal supporters have had the worst of it in this fixture.

Since the 2015/16 campaign in the league Liverpool have only lost to Arsenal once which is an impressive record.

Since Jurgen Klopp has been manager of Liverpool there has been 14 competitive games between the two giants of English football and there has been a remarkable 61 goals.

Even before the German took charge though this fixture has been filled of classics in recent history.

The demolition of Arsenal in 20 minutes in the 13/14 season, the Arshavin game which ended four all and then those hectic Champions League ties in 2008 which ended 5-3 on aggregate to the six-time European Cup winners.

So, there would be no surprise if another goal fest occurs on Saturday evening especially with how Liverpool have been playing this season.

For large parts they have looked very much back to their rampant best of two seasons ago however rather alarmingly for other large parts Liverpool have looked like the open ‘heavy metal football’ team from four seasons ago.

On six separate occasions The Reds have conceded two goals in a game this season which is certainly not good enough for supposed title challengers and it has left them in fourth place only two points ahead of Arsenal.

Therefore, this upcoming game is certainly a vital one as otherwise Jurgen Klopp’s team will be left behind in the race for the Premier League crown.

Thankfully for Klopp though he will have Fabinho and Sadio Mane available after there was a worry that the pair could be injury doubts.

Captain Jordan Henderson and left-back Andy Robertson may not feature though.

“Hendo and Robbo didn’t train with the team yet, they did their recovery stuff, rehab stuff and didn’t train with the team yet.

“It will be a late, late, late, late decision about that” Jurgen Klopp explained.

Roberto Firmino (hamstring), James Milner (hamstring), Naby Keita (hamstring), Curtis Jones (eye) and Joe Gomez (calf) will all be missing for the fixture.

Arsenal will be without Sead Kolasinac and Granit Xhaka whilst captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and midfielder Thomas Partey will have late fitness checks.

Kostas Tsimikas will be ready to fill the void left behind by Robertson as he has done already this season and has impressed every time.

The Greek international is yet to concede a goal in a game he has started this campaign emphasising how he has fit in perfectly to the defensive unit and even possibly improved it.

If Henderson is unable to play against Arsenal the midfield three will likely be Fabinho, Thiago and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain which on paper does have a nice balance to it.

However, it will be tested severely with Emile Smith Rowe looking to find and expose the gaps which may be presented to him. 

The youngster who got his England debut in the break has been in blistering form and will be The Gunners’ biggest threat having scored three in a row.

An experienced open Liverpool side against a young Arsenal side just getting in their stride.

This fixture never fails to disappoint.

Under the lights at a freezing cold Anfield as well.

Goals, goals, and more goals.

Surely?

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