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

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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.

Alisson

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.

Prediction

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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