Liverpool vs. Arsenal: Preview, Injuries ,Lineups, Live Stream and TV Info

A 100th victory of Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool reign took his team six points clear of Tottenham and seven ahead of City at the top of the table and extended their unbeaten run at Anfield to 30 league games.
On current form, which is improving form, they will take some stopping in the second half of the season. Dejan Lovren, Mohamed Salah with a controversial penalty, Xherdan Shaqiri and the substitute Fabinho were all on the scoresheet for a team that is clicking at the same time as the reigning champions falter.

Liverpool have left so many EPL teams in fear so much that the question most people now ask about teams playing against them is not if they can win, but if they will even be able to score against the reds.

So Klopp's Liverpool will be seeking to strengthen their position on top of the Premier League on Saturday, as they welcome Arsenal to Anfield.

Two straight losses from fellow title rival Manchester City has seen Liverpool close down the heavy goal difference between both teams  having  a six-point lead at the top of the pile.
Heading into this round of fixtures it's now Tottenham Hotspur that are their closest challengers, with Pep Guardiola's team a point further back.

Meanwhile Emery's Arsenal have lost their way a little in recent weeks following the end of their 22-game unbeaten run. They were below par in their 1-1 draw at Brighton & Hove Albion last time out if they fail to step up their game come weekend, they might suffer a worse faith than Manchester United did  at anfield on Saturday.

The Liverpool vs Arsenal game has over time produced some classic Premier League fixtures down the years, and this has the potential to be another.
Arsenal have endured some torrid times at Anfield in recent years, having been hammered 4-0 in this fixture last season after a miserable display. Unai Emery, who is a much more pragmatic coach than his predecessor Arsene Wenger, will surely be conservative in his approach to this one as such.

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Competition: Premier League
       
Teams: Liverpool vs Arsenal 

Date: Saturday, December 29

Venue: AnField

KickOffTime: 5:30 p.m. (GMT), 12:30 p.m. (ET)

Places to watch/TV Info: BT Sport 1 (UK), NBC

Jurgen Klopp will view Saturday's fixture as an opportunity to put even more distance between them and the Manchester outfit, although with Spurs playing earlier in the day, there is a chance the gap will be cut to three points come kick-off at Anfield.
But Liverpool have dealt with every challenge that has come their way with aplomb so far this term, with the most striking aspect of their play the defensive solidity shown by the side:

Although Arsenal tend to traditionally be one of the toughest tests in the top flight, it feels as though Liverpool are playing them at an right time.

Unai Emery's men have scored a total of 40 goals this season, which is only bettered by Manchester City's incredible tally of 50, but have suffered defensively in recent games due to a number of injuries at the back.

Emery's Words Ahead Of Liverpool's Game

"At the moment they are doing and they can do it. They are doing it at the moment," Emery told a news conference. "We played three years ago in the Europa League final with Sevilla against Liverpool and we beat them.


"But look at the process and it's a very good example for us. The progression is clear: they were out of the Champions League and they are an example for us at Arsenal now. We need to be demanding of ourselves but we need time and patience is very important."

"First, they are usually feeling very high in their stadium with their supporters. Also the atmosphere is one point more for them," Emery said.
"But we have players who have the habit of playing in big matches, also in Liverpool, and we know it is difficult for us but for me it is a very big test, I have a big motivation and I am looking forward to our response against them.

"Also, after finishing the first half of the season, we are in a good position with the points, 38, not very good but it is good and with the difference to the other teams, they are doing this difference and we need to do our process in the second half of the season to improve and to take a big performance little by little to shorten the difference between them and us."

The Gunners have only won once in their last four games domestically, with the latest the disappointing draw at Brighton. Arsenal lacked spark in their attacking play, struggled to take hold of the game in midfield and made basic errors at the back.

At the moment, the team appear to be lacking an identity under manager Unai Emery:
Even so, if Arsenal are able to defend well they have the firepower in their ranks to secure a result, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang continuing his red-hot form with the opener at Brighton.


No matter what  Arsenal do, it's difficult to see them halting this Liverpool juggernaut, as they are performing to such a high standard week after week.

Liverpool player/injury News;
Naby Keita missed the game against Newcastle on Wednesday with captain Henderson replacing the Guinea  international playing from the Central position. I expect to see him replace Henderson as he surly brings more dynamism and creatively to the team.

Fabinho was replaced by Gini in the Newcastle  game. And although he came in as a substitute to get on the score sheet from a sublime conner kick delivery from Salah, I also expect Klopp to recall the solid defensive midfielder to help naturalize any treat that might come from the opponents on counter.

Gomez, Matip, Chamberlain, all remain long time absentee and will make the team for Saturday's Arsenal clash.

Arsenal player/Injury News;

Rob Holding will miss the rest of the season  after suffering a cruciate ligament knee injury.

Arsenal key man Torreira, will miss the clash for getting his fifth yellow card of the season. This will be creating a whole in arsenal's midfield.

Danny Welbeck is ruled out with a broken ankle following his shocking injury against Sporting CP, and Henrikh Mkhitaryan has now sustained an ankle injury that keeps him out until the turn of the year.
Hector Bellerin has been ruled out for at least another two weeks with a calf problem, with Sead Kolasinac and Shkodran Mustafi likely to be unavailable again after thigh and hamstring problems, respectively.

Emile Smith Rowe is back in training following his minor groin strain and Dinos Mavropanos is back in light training and expected to be in contention in the coming weeks.

Liverpool Possible Lineups:

                          Alission

Trent.    Lovern.     Van Dijk.    Robertson

                         Fabiano
        Shaqiri.                            Keita 

Salah.         Frimino.              Mane

Arsenal Possible Lineups:

                                 Leno

Lichtsteiner  Sokratis   Koscielny   Kolasinac

                Xhaka              Guendouzi

 Iwobi               Ozil                   Ramsay 

                          Aubameyang
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