Liverpool vs Arsenal: A look at five classic encounters ahead of Anfield showdown

Liverpool vs Arsenal: A look at five classic encounters ahead of Anfield showdown

Liverpool vs Arsenal is a fixture that rarely disappoints and usually guarantees plenty of drama.

Both always seem to encounter each other when there is plenty at stake, whether that be a Champions League spot or a chance at winning the title, this match is traditionally a significant one in the Premier League calendar.

The two sides drew 1-1 in November

Ahead of the game tonight, in which the league leaders welcome Arsenal to Anfield, has ranked five of their best matches.

5. Arsenal 3-4 Liverpool – 2016

Liverpool began the 2016/17 season in stunning fashion as they edged this seven-goal thriller at the Emirates.  Philippe Coutinho netted twice, including a trademark free-kick, to give Jurgen Klopp’s side all three points. It was the start of the German’s first full season in charge and he would have been impressed with the clinical nature in which Liverpool responded to falling behind to a Theo Walcott strike, but concerned by their defensive frailties that day, particularly from Alberto Moreno.

Coutinho scored twice as Liverpool beat Arsenal 4-3

4.Liverpool 5-1 Arsenal – 2014

As a contest it was over in the opening 20 minutes. Under Brendan Rodgers that season, Liverpool had made a habit of starting well and overwhelming their opponents and Arsenal were the latest to suffer.

Martin Skrtel scored twice in 10 minutes, followed by strikes from Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge. It was 4-0 at half-time and Gunners fans feared the worst when Sterling netted his second and his side’s fifth. The match was long gone for Arsenal when Mikel Arteta converted a penalty.

Raheem Sterling scores his second against Arsenal

3.Arsenal 3-3 Liverpool – 2017

It is indeed a cliche, but fans really were treated to an early Christmas gift in this festive clash.

There were six different goal scorers that night, with both sides locked in a battle to cement a champions League place.

Liverpool had led 2-0 through Philippe Coutinho and then Mohamed Salah, but two goals in three minutes drew the home side level, before Mesut Ozil gave them the lead for the first time in the match. Roberto Firmino fired in an equaliser in one of the games of the season.

Football fans enjoyed a six-goal thriller at the Emirates

2.Arsenal 4-2 Liverpool – 2004

Just days before, the prospect of a historic treble had been a reality. Walking out the Higbury tunnel that April afternoon, the match with Liverpool was now their most important of the season.

Defeat in the semi-final of the FA Cup against Manchester United was followed by an extra-time loss in the Champions League to Chelsea. All that remained was the Premier League.

An early goal from Sami Hyypia and a strike from Michael Owen just before the break looked as if it may add to the woe, but Thierry Henry had other ideas. A memorable hat-trick from the Frenchman, including a fantastic solo effort, lifted the pressure on Arsene Wenger as the Gunners ended the campaign on top and unbeaten.

Henry netted a hat-trick to rescue Arsenal

1.Liverpool 4-4 Arsenal – 2009

Andrey Arshavin had a mixed spell during his time at Arsenal . Talented but equally frustrating, the diminutive midfielder moved to North London after an impressive Euro 2008 with Russia. Long after his departure, he is still fondly remembered for the part he played in one of the greatest encounters in the competition’s history, in which he incredibly netted all four goals.

He opened the scoring on 36 minutes, before Yossi Benayoun and Fernando Torres responded, but the Gunners and Arshavin added two more, only for Torres to net his second. The Gunners thought they had won it in stoppage time when Arshavin grabbed his fourth, but Benayoun salvaged a point.

Arshavin scored four times against Arsenal