Liverpool have the past and present on their side against Arsenal

Liverpool are in red hot form coming off the back of a big victory against Hoffenheim and given their track record against Arsenal it could be a very long day for Arsene Wenger’s side, however there is some silver lining for the Gunners… we just have to get through some poor facts for Arsenal supporters first. 

  • Liverpool won both of their Premier League fixtures against Arsenal in 2016-17, in fact it has been two years since the Reds have fallen victim to the Gunners. Although, Liverpool have not won three straight matches against the London side since May 1998. 
  • Arsenal have a less than impressive record against teams inside the top six. The previous time they tasted victory was in 2015 where they trounced Manchester City (2-0). Liverpool on the other hand, managed to win 20 points from 10 matches against opposition inside the top six last season. 
  • Last week’s lost to Stoke City was Arsenal’s eighth lost in their last 13 Premier League away fixtures. Their most recent visit to Anfield ended in a 3-0 defeat. 
  • Liverpool are on the verge of breaking a record they achieved while under the leadership of Brendan Rodgers. If the Reds keep a clean sheet it will be their fourth in a row in Premier League away games. 
  • No other Premier League club have had more shots at goal then Liverpool in the opening two fixtures. The Reds have had a crack 18 times but have scored just four times. The Gunners are the next best team, having had 16 shots at goal, but like the Reds they have only scored four times. 
  • There have been 17 goals after 90 minutes in this fixture, the most between any Premier League clubs. 
  • Petr Cech has conceded more goals against Liverpool than any other Premier League team except Manchester United who have scored the same amount. The Arsenal shot-stopper has copped 26 goals versus the Reds. 
  • Sadio Mane has played a pivotal role in five goals over the course of his last five games against Arsenal. The Senegalese winger has also scored in both of Liverpool’s opening matches. Meanwhile, Roberto Firmino has scored three goals in four games versus the Gunners. 

Liverpool are coming off the back of three straight wins following two victories against Hoffenheim in the Champions League qualifiers, which were either side of their win against Crystal Palace last weekend. Fatigue could play a factor but Jurgen Klopp has rotated the side heavily during these fixtures. Arsenal on the other hand, are coming off a poor display versus Stoke City. The Gunners had significantly more possession, shots and passes but they failed to convert anything into a goal.

The momentum is clearly in favour of Liverpool and the stats tell a similar tale. However, Alexis Sanchez could make his return against the Reds and that alone may be the confidence boost Arsenal need. Whereas Liverpool will most likely be without their maestro Philippe Coutinho, along with Adam Lallana. Although Jurgen Klopp’s side have scored five goals in their last two matches, a lack of clinical creativity has been evident.

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