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Liverpool Wary Of Arsenal Threat

Posted: Jan 13, 2016 at 12:58 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Augustine Akhilomen, Lagos

Liverpool coach, Jurgen Klopp will be hoping to make a big statement of intent in their title bid as the team welcomes high-flying Arsenal at Anfield on Wednesday.
The German tactician has made a good start to his coaching career at Anfield after overcoming Chelsea (3-1 away), Manchester City (4-1 away), Leicester City 91-0 home) in what was his toughest matches in the Premier League.
Klopp has previous against Arsenal, beating Wenger twice in the Champions League, and he will have to call on that know-how to claim a first Premier League win over the Frenchman.
The two clubs meet for the 102nd time on Merseyside, where Liverpool have traditionally had the upper hand over the Gunners.
The Reds have won 54 of the Anfield meetings, losing only 27, but the recent overall record is far less impressive with Liverpool winning just one of the last nine clashes – the unforgettable 5-1 thrashing.
Since that memorable day, the Reds have lost and drawn twice to the Londoners, battling to a goalless stalemate in the last fixture at the Emirates Stadium in August, on a night of nearly moments as Philippe Coutinho twice hit the woodwork and Christian Benteke missed a sitter.
Klopp, who will be missing the services of some key players such as Martin Škrtel and Daniel Ings due to injuries, however, will be banking on Philippe Coutinho, Christian Benteke and Daniel Sturrigde to shoulder the team’s goal scoring responsibilities.
Defender Steven Caulker could make his Liverpool debut after joining on a loan deal for the rest of the season on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Arsenal Wenger aims would be to avoid defeat in a bid to consolidate on their standing on the log.
The Gunners will not have the services of Santi Carzola, Tomas Rosicky, Danny Welbeck and Francis Coquelin for the encounter as a result of injuries.
Wenger’s men sit two points clear at the top of the table as they look to take advantage of their best opportunity in years of winning the title.
The Gunners arrive in strong form collecting five wins in their last six matches, and having bounced back from a heavy 4-0 Boxing Day defeat to Southampton with successive league victories.
Three of the four league losses Wenger’s side have suffered have come on the road however, something that will provide optimism for the Reds ahead of the game.