Liverpool vs Arsenal LIVE commentary: Xherdan Shaqiri starts for hosts as Unai Emery opts for three at the back
Premier League leaders Liverpool host Arsenal on Saturday evening looking to extend their lead at the top – in a match you can listen to LIVE on talkSPORT.
Jurgen Klopp’s side can go nine points clear at the top with a win after Tottenham were stunned by Wolves earlier in the day.
In their most recent matches, Liverpool beat struggling Newcastle United 4-0, while Arsenal were held to a 1-1 draw at Brighton & Hove Albion.
In the reverse fixture last season, in August 2017, Liverpool were dominant as they beat the Gunners 4-0.
Liverpool have opted to freshen up their side, with midfielder Fabinho returned to the starting XI.
Xherdan Shaqiri also starts, with Jordan Henderson and Naby Keita on the bench.
Arsenal again remain short of defensive options, with Hector Bellerin, Konstantinos Mavropanos and Rob Holding all ruled out.
Shkodran Mustafi returns from a hamstring injury, as captain Laurent Koscielny drops to the bench.
Mesut Ozil did not travel with the squad after picking up a knee injury in training.
Liverpool: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Fabinho, Shaqiri, Salah, Firmino, Mane.
Arsenal: Leno; Lichtsteiner, Mustafi, Sokratis, Maitland-Niles, Torreira, Xhaka, Kolasinac, Iwobi, Ramsey, Aubameyang.
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What the managers are saying
Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool): “They are strong, good with the ball and very lively. Their counter-attacks are crazy quick – Aubameyang and Lacazette are an outstanding striker couple up front. It will be difficult.”
Unai Emery (Arsenal): “They created this team. I remember three years ago they had a problem in their defensive moments and bought some people – for example Virgil van Dijk – with a good investment and the result is we are looking today at their progress. They are a very big team.”
- This will be the 227th meeting between these two teams in all competitions, with Liverpool winning 86 times to Arsenal’s 79 (61 draws).
- Arsenal are without a win in their last five trips to Anfield to face Liverpool in the Premier League (D2 L3), conceding two or more goals in each match (17 in total).
- Liverpool have gone seven games unbeaten against Arsenal in all competitions (W3 D4) – they last embarked upon a longer such run in February 2000 (14 games).
- There have been 149 goals in Premier League matches between Liverpool and Arsenal – only four fixtures have reached 150+ goals in the competition (Arsenal/Everton, Liverpool/Spurs, Chelsea/Spurs and Arsenal/Spurs).
- Arsenal have scored more goals from outside the box than any other Premier League side this season (9), while Liverpool are the only team yet to concede such a goal in 2018-19.
- Arsenal have won just one of their last 12 Premier League away games against sides starting the day top of the table (2-1 vs Chelsea in November 2008), losing the last six in a row by an aggregate score of 2-17.
- Liverpool have conceded just seven goals in their 19 Premier League games this season, and a clean sheet here will see a record for fewest goals conceded after 20 English top-flight games.
- Liverpool are unbeaten in 30 Premier League home games, their longest such run since a run of 31 between December 2007 and August 2009.
How to listen to live commentary
You can listen through our radio player below, through the talkSPORT App, on DAB digital radio or on 1089 or 1053 AM. Our coverage gets under way at 17:00.
Source: Prem News