Liverpool at the Emirates
The Reds visit the Emirates this Saturday, hoping to extend their lead at the top and yield a potential fourth win out of five against the Gunners.
Arsene Wenger is no longer in the hotseat, but the Reds’ fans will be familiar with current coach, Spaniard Unai Emery, who led Sevilla to glory in the 2016 Europa League Final at the expense of Liverpool.
Clashes with the North Londoners are always tumultuous and goal-laden, as the last four league encounters between these sides have seen 21 goals. Thirteen of them were registered in North London.
The first game of the season for each side, also Jurgen Klopp’s first full season, saw seven goals netted. Philippe Coutinho, Adam Lallana and a mesmerizing strike from Sadio Mané, was enough to weather a fightback from the Gunners and win 4-3; the displays of attacking flair and ingenuity, coupled with defensive inconsistencies, were recurring themes that summed us up for the remainder of that campaign.
Liverpool went into the Friday game before Christmas on the back of a 4-0 win at Bournemouth and were hoping to procure a positive result at the Emirates. In the good ole Citrus Orange kit, Liverpool sprayed their influence and were 2-0 up after 52 minutes.
But like the corresponding fixture in the previous campaign, offensive prowess and defensive ineptitudes, along with a goalkeeping howler, plagued the Reds and they found themselves 3-2 down.
A powerful shot by Bobby Firmino ensured that the Christmas cake was shared and also allowed for doors to be opened for inquisitions of all sorts.
If the last two encounters are anything to go by, the two attacking styles of the Premier League rearguards could ensure another goal fest of epic proportions.