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Arsenal vs Liverpool – Preview, prediction and three key players for Reds



Liverpool take their unbeaten Premier League record to the Emirates on Saturday, in what should be an incredible game of football.

Arsenal facing the Reds is always as both sides play some great football. Although the Gunners are under new management, Unai Emery has enjoyed a great start to his career in London.

The London club won 11 games in a row before their 2-2 draw against Palace, and we will have to be wary of the threat from their attackers.

Mesut Ozil has been in fine form this season, but Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could be deadly for the Gunners.

The Reds don’t have major injury concerns but Arsenal have a number of defensive problems. Nacho Monreal, Sead Kolasinac and Laurent Koscielny are major doubts for the game, while Matteo Guendouzi will miss the game via suspension.

Liverpool predicted line-up (4-2-3-1)

Alisson, Joe Gomez, Virgil van Dijk, Dejan Lovren, Andy Robertson, Fabinho, Georginio Wijnaldum, Xherdan Shaqiri, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah

Last season’s results

Last season was a goal fest between the two sides. We beat the Gunners 4-0 at home, while the away game was a brilliant 3-3 draw.

Liverpool taking on Arsenal has always seen goals and this game should be no different.

Key players

Sadio Mane

All the attention will be on Mo Salah as the Egyptian could lead the line in attack. The onus on breaking through the Arsenal defence could fall on the shoulders of Mane.

The Senegal star has the pace to run past any defence in the Premier League and he has the physicality to bully past defenders too.

We saw both these sides of his play against Cardiff City last weekend when Mane scored a brace, and he could be on target against the Gunners on Saturday too.

Virgil van Dijk

The centre-back has been incredible since signing for us in January and will have a huge role to play if we are to get a positive result from the Emirates.

Van Dijk has to marshal the back-four well, which will be tested, against a quality Arsenal side. The former Saint will also be a threat when we have set-pieces, and we would not be surprised if the Dutchman is a menace in the opposition box too.


The Brazilian will have to be at his best to keep the Arsenal attack out. Alisson has only conceded four goals in the Premier League this season, but goals are aplenty in this fixture.

The former AS Roma man hasn’t been tested much this season but that could change come Saturday. Alisson has to command the box well, should Arsenal pepper us with crosses and set-piece deliveries.


Liverpool didn’t play in midweek but Arsenal came out 2-1 winners over Blackpool in the Carabao Cup. The Reds are at full-strength while the Gunners have their injury concerns.

The away side should start as favourites for the tie and if we start well on Saturday, we should come out with all three points from the Emirates.

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Liverpool slap £15million price tag on out of favour veteran star – PL trio interested



Liverpool FC transfer news: Reds want £15million for Simon Mignolet

The Daily Mail reports that Liverpool have slapped a £15million tag on Belgian goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.

The 31-year-old has recorded just a couple of starts for the Reds this season. Mignolet played in the two domestic cup games for Liverpool but both ended in defeat.

The former Sunderland goalkeeper has been an excellent professional this season but has seen his time limited on the pitch because of Alisson. The Brazilian has been an incredible signing for the Reds and even won the Golden Glove in his first season.

Many clubs looking for goalkeepers in the summer

The Daily Mail adds that Watford, Bournemouth and the newly-promoted Norwich all in the market for a goalkeeper.

The 31-year-old is still a part of Roberto Martinez’s Belgium squad and he needs to play regularly to keep his place in the team.

Simon Mignolet

Simon Mignolet

Mignolet has had his ups and downs at Anfield but no one can question his commitment to the side. The Belgian has always been supportive of the team, even if he isn’t playing regularly.

It will be interesting to see if we can get £15million for the Belgian. Liverpool have pulled off some incredible deals for players such as Jordon Ibe and Dominic Solanke in recent times, and the Reds will be tough negotiators in the upcoming transfer market as well.

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Liverpool also need to take a decision on who the No.2 would be for Alisson next season as we need a reliable back-up should the Brazilian pick up an injury or something.

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Boost for Liverpool as reputed Spanish expert confirms Reds are in contact with Ajax star



Latest Liverpool news: Guillem Balague claims Liverpool are talking with Matthijs de Ligt

Spanish football expert Guillem Balague spoke on BBC Radio 5 Live’s Football Daily Podcast and claimed that Liverpool are in talks with Matthijs de Ligt (h/t Liverpool Echo).

The Spaniard claimed that the Reds have “been talking to him” about a possible move (h/t Liverpool Echo).

Matthijs de Ligt

Matthijs de Ligt

De Ligt is one of the best players in the Dutch league and led Ajax to another Eredivisie title. The 19-year-old helped Ajax to the semi-finals of the Champions League but the team were knocked out by Tottenham.

Manchester City also in the running for De Ligt

The Liverpool Echo adds that De Ligt isn’t in a hurry to finalise his future.

There are several clubs interested in the centre-back, with Manchester City also interested in him after Vincent Kompany decided to leave the Cityzens (h/t Liverpool Echo).

Manchester United and Barcelona have also been linked with the Dutch defender (h/t Liverpool Echo), and the centre-back has done an excellent job alongside Virgil van Dijk in the national team.

Matthijs de Ligt

The Reds had the best defence in the Premier League this season and conceded just 22 goals in 38 games. De Ligt would make a wonderful signing for the present and the future, however, the Reds already have a quality young defender in Joe Gomez.

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The Englishman’s playing time was cut short due to a fracture, while Joel Matip has done a brilliant job alongside Van Dijk in the heart of our defence.

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“Best things come in threes” – Klopp confident of overturning personal record in the CL final



Latest Liverpool news: Jurgen Klopp confident ahead of Champions League clash despite finals record

Jurgen Klopp isn’t fazed by a third Champions League final despite not winning the first two.

The German took Borussia Dortmund to the final in 2013 but lost to Bayern Munich, and we lost last season to Real Madrid.

Klopp took Liverpool to the League Cup final and the Europa League final but we lost both of them. Howeer, the German isn’t worried about that record and spoke about his history of winning things on the third try (h/t

“In Germany we have a saying: ‘All the best things come in threes’.

“At Mainz, I missed promotion twice and we got promoted in the third season. We hope that it will repeat itself for the Champions League. I think it’s quite cool, to be honest.”

The German added that this was his fourth European final and lauded the quality of the teams he had under him.

Klopp claimed that the away win over Bayern Munich was the best away game his team have played at the European level.

Klopp expects a tough game in Madrid

Tottenham will not be an easy side and Klopp did not expect anything other than a tough clash at the Wanda Metropolitano. The German wanted the Reds to call upon their experience from the season and backed the side to play good football:

“That’s what we have to do. We have to play the football we stand for. We have to play LFC football. That’s the plan, and then it will still be difficult, but it was difficult in all the other games as well.”

The Reds won both their clashes against Spurs in the Premier League this season but a Champions League final could see the best of the London side.

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Liverpool have to be wary of the threat possessed by Spurs but we have the quality to win the sixth Champions League crown.

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