Liverpool host Arsenal in the derby game of Premier League’s third matchday tomorrow afternoon at 18:30 (CET).
All eyes will be on Anfield this weekend as Liverpool welcomes Arsenal in the third Premier League derby of the 2019-20 campaign.
Both sides are yet to lose points in the new season – they are the only clubs with two wins from the first two rounds in top-flight English football.
Liverpool started out with a 4-1 win against Norwich two weeks ago and defeated Southampton 2-1 in the previous round, while Arsenal have beaten Newcastle (0-1) and Burnley (2-1) in the league so far.
The hosts will be without their first-choice goalkeeper Alisson, who is still out due to the injury he sustained in the Premier League opener against Norwich.
Nathaniel Clyne is also out as he continues his recovery from a cruciate ligament rupture in pre-season, while midfielder Naby Keita will go through late fitness tests on Saturday morning.
A boss breakaway goal from @GWijnaldum against this weekend's opponents 👌
Pace, power and precision 👊 pic.twitter.com/gkh1tF7fAf
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) August 23, 2019
Arsenal will travel to Liverpool without Hector Bellerin, Konstantinos Mavropanos and Kieran Tierney – all of them out through injuries.
Mesut Ozil and Granit Xhaka are expected to be back, as they returned to training earlier in the week.
What did the managers say
Jurgen Klopp provided an update of Alisson’s injury, saying he looks in good shape but it is still early for his return to the football grounds.
“Looks good, he’s in good shape, good mood, but it will take time. I don’t know exactly,” Klopp said via Metro.
“No date really in my mind, or nobody told me a date, I didn’t ask. We want to give him the time he needs.
“In the beginning, he was on crutches, which was normal with the injury he had, they are not there now. He walks normal, he can really train now completely different to a week ago. I think from now on it will go quick but how quick I don’t go.”
Not long now until the weekend…
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) August 23, 2019
Arsenal boss Unai Emery says his players are in a good spirit and ready to face Liverpool at Anfield this weekend.
“Each match is a big challenge and each match is for us to prepare the best as possible. The idea is to continue creating in our way and style. We need to be strong and also we can recover some players to be fit,” said Emery at a press conference.
“I think we are closer to achieving everyone being ready to play, but we need some more time. For Saturday we are in a good spirit and our players are ready to play with a big ambition to do something important.”
“It’s a big stadium with a big atmosphere and I want to play every match in our amazing stadium with our amazing supporters in our home. But we need to play away and face big teams with big supporters. I think the motivation for us is very big on Saturday.”
Liverpool have a better head-to-head record against the Gunners, as they’ve recorded 87 wins compared to Arsenal’s 78.
The Reds are unbeaten at home against Arsenal since September 2012. They’ve won on four occasions in the six meetings at Anfield since then, including three wins with a goal-margin of four (5-1 twice and 4-0).
The games between Liverpool and Arsenal are always exciting, we’ve seen 35 goals in their last seven Premier League meetings, which is an average of five goals per game.
Jurgen Klopp’s boys are on a winning streak of 11 league games in a row. The last time they lost points was back in March when they played a goalless draw against Everton.
Arsenal haven’t beaten Liverpool in their last eight Premier League encounters, the Gunners have actually never won against Jurgen Klopp in the domestic championship.