In recent years, Liverpool have entered this time of the season embroiled in battles to secure the Premier League (PL) crown, but this campaign they’ll merely be spectators and instead, it’s visitors and league-leaders Arsenal who are sweating on every point.
European football isn’t even assured for the Merseysiders next season after a rotten run of no win in three league matches (D1, L2) has left them eighth and three points off of the top six coming into the round.
Each of those losses came on the road, and the Reds will hope Anfield can once again be the equaliser in terms of getting them back on track. It’s proven to be so recently and they have kept four consecutive home league clean sheets thanks to their most recent PL Anfield contest; a 7-0 thumping of bitter rivals Manchester United.
Arsenal have often felt the wrath of a buoyant Kop too, with Liverpool winning each of the last six PL H2Hs at Anfield by an aggregate score of 22-4!
But this is a different Arsenal. Their 4-1 thrashing of Leeds last time out made it seven successive PL wins, adding to the belief that the red half of North London can see their first league triumph since 2003/04.
Arsenal’s potential title-winning mettle was on full display in their 3-2 success over Liverpool in the reverse fixture, meaning they could earn themselves a first league double over the Reds since 2009/10.
The Gunners approach the weekend with an eight-point gap to Manchester City, thanks in part to their away form as they’ve won seven more points on the road than their closest title rivals.
That includes victory in seven of their last eight PL away matches (L1) which has contributed to Arsenal owning both the league’s best defence (nine goals conceded) and offence (28 goals scored) on their travels.
Players to watch
- Mohamed Salah will be looking to maintain his perfect one-to-one record of 105 PL goal contributions (G74, A31) in as many league appearances at Anfield for Liverpool, with seven of them coming against Arsenal (G5, A2).
- Arsenal’s Gabriel Jesus will be confident he can return the favour after his brace against Leeds. He’s also been involved in six goals in his last six encounters with Liverpool (G2, A4).
Liverpool haven’t lost a PL game when leading at half-time since December 2016 (W109, D10).
TV Channel to watch Liverpool vs Arsenal
- Sky Sports Main Event (UK/Irl)
- Sky Sports Premier League (UK/Irl)
- Date: 09.04.2023
- Time: 16:30 WAT
- Venue: Anfield (Liverpool)
- Referee: Tierney P. (Eng)
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