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Mohamed Salah is in contention as Liverpool look to cut the gap to one point at the top

It is the polar opposite of the 2018/19 season.

Liverpool were the prey as the tireless Manchester City side hunted them down and watched them stutter yet also produce a near perfect league campaign with 97 points.

Now though the side in light blue are the prey as Jurgen Klopp’s Reds watch them stumble and are there waiting ready to pounce at any given moment.

Away at The Emirates is their chance after Manchester City dropped points at Crystal Palace.

Their chance to cut the gap, to produce a performance that produces a statement which purely scares Pep Guardiola.

However it certainly will not be as easy as some may imagine as this Arsenal side have transformed and look like the favourites to clinch the last Champions League place given how impressive their recent form is.

Having just beaten Leicester City on the weekend their young frontline spearheaded by the experienced Alexandre Lacazette seems to have the perfect balance to it and could threaten any defence.

There is a reason why Liverpool are quadruple hopefuls though and that is because they are one of the best-oiled machines in Europe so there is no doubt that Klopp will expect his side to match up with Arsenal in every department.

“Mikel is doing an incredible job. We have to be ready, and I sense that we will be.

“Arsenal are a massive club, European qualification last few years was not exactly how they liked it.

“Top four would be a step in the right direction, they are an exciting team. Arsenal fans since I’ve been here have not always enjoyed it but they are now. Exactly how it is” said Jurgen Klopp.

In his press conference he confirmed that top goal scorer Mo Salah should be fit for the contest as the foot injury he suffered against Brighton was only minor.

The German said: “Mo is a tough cookie. We were quite happy and lucky. Swollen, painful, today less so. Got a message before the presser he’s ready to train. We’ll see how that looks.”

He also revealed that vice-captain James Milner and left-back Kostas Tsimikas will be out for the game through illness.

So realistically Liverpool will have a very strong squad to pick from especially with Ibrahim Konate returning back into the fold.

This fixture has already been played three times this campaign with the quadruple hunters being unbeaten against The Gunners.

In the reverse league fixture Liverpool made Arsenal embarrassed as they battered them four goals to nil.

Then of course there was the two legs of the League Cup semi-final which ended up with Liverpool yet again winning this time 2-0 on aggregate.

Could Liverpool make it four out of four against the North London side?

Four is the magic number for The Reds.

They want four trophies and they are currently four points behind Manchester City.

There will be serious hope amongst fans that it will soon only be one.

That hope is everything.

That hope is now excitement which turns into nerves which turns into ectasy when a moment happens to send the fans into oblivion.

This Liverpool side have done that time and time again, given their fans these moments to hang on forever.

Now it is time for another one of those moments in this journey under Jurgen Klopp.

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