2021-22 Premier League: Week 12 – Liverpool vs Arsenal

Liverpool welcome Arsenal to Anfield in a blockbuster clash as two Premier League giants collide in the race for a top four finish.

Should West Ham slip up at Wolves, Liverpool can go second with victory whereas Arsenal can leapfrog their hosts into fourth with a win.

 

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Liverpool have a host of fresh injury concerns to report after the international break as Sadio Mane faces a late fitness test on a rib injury.

Andrew Robertson (thigh), Jordan Henderson (groin) and Divock Origi (leg) are also considered doubts for this match.

Roberto Firmino (hamstring), James Milner, Naby Keita (both hamstring), Joe Gomez (calf), Curtis Jones (eye) and Harvey Elliott (ankle) remain ruled out.

Arsenal could welcome Thomas Partey back from a muscle injury which forced the midfielder to miss their win over Watford a fortnight ago.

Florian Balogun (stomach) and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (knock) are doubts but Sead Kolasinac (ankle) and Granit Xhaka (knee) are ruled out.

 

Stat Attack

  • Liverpool have lost just one of their last 12 league meetings against Arsenal (W7, D4, L1).
  • Arsenal are winless in their last eight league visits to Anfield (D2, L6).
  • Liverpool’s Diogo Jota netted three goals across both league appearances against Arsenal last season.
  • No English fullback in the Premier League this season have had more touches on the ball than Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold, who touched the ball on 884 occasions.
  • All four of Emile Smith Rowe’s league goals for Arsenal this season have been scored on his right foot.

 

Prediction

Having suffered a shock loss at West Ham last time out, Liverpool now need an immediate reaction if they’re to re-establish their title hopes, although Jurgen Klopp’s biggest concern has to be in defence because their marking was terrible whilst the right side were simply outplayed by Michail Antonio.

Arsenal meanwhile dominated Watford with physicality yet were wasteful of chances throughout which they simply cannot afford here, although they do come into this match unbeaten in their last 10 matches in all competitions so will pose tougher opposition compared to their inconsistency of last season.

Either way, goals surely have to be a strong bet here but if Liverpool can get on top quickly and are able tighten up their defence, this should be a home win given Arsenal’s poor away form at Anfield in the league unless the Gunners’ physicality can cause issues amongst the Reds’ defence.

Prediction: Liverpool 2-1 Arsenal

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