Liverpool v Arsenal preview: Dejan Lovren set to return for Reds

BBC Sport's chief football writer Phil McNulty: "Wenger's future may yet be defined - even decided - by his fatally flawed decision to drop leading scorer Alexis Sanchez for the meeting with Liverpool at Anfield".

Klopp's record against Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham is highly impressive and this victory leaves his team with seven wins, eight draws and one defeat from 16 league games. He saw a good team that hasn't lost to a fellow top six foe all season.

Arsenal look set to be without Mesut Ozil, and if there's a more defensive approach tomorrow, it might suit the manager's plans. Without Champions League status -and qualification for next season is still in the balance - Liverpool in recent years have found it hard to compete with London and Manchester for top level transfer targets such as Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Diego Costa, Leroy Sané and Alexis Sánchez.

Alexis Sanchez has been directly involved in a league-high 26 goals in his 26 Premier League games this season, scoring 17 and assisting nine.

The game may have seemed gone for Arsenal, but Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Calum Chambers pegged goals back to give them 15 minutes to find an equaliser.

"We conceded cheap goals, and you do not expect that in a game like this".

Amazingly, playing your best player makes your team better.


The defeat was the Gunners' third in four league games and leaves them fifth, two points behind fourth-place Manchester City, who have a game in hand. Arsenal just need to stay in the game in the first 20 minutes and if they can do that they will have an excellent chance of getting a positive result.

"We had another opportunity and we took it today".

Klopp was nearly lost for words after Monday's calamitous 3-1 loss at struggling Leicester in its first post-Ranieri game. Then we have to make a decision. With that, and his creativity, Alexis' teammates were allowed to run free, get the ball in unsafe places and, in the case of Danny Welbeck, finish exquisitely.

Player ratingsLiverpool: Simon Mignolet 6, Nathaniel Clyne 7, Ragnar Klavan 6, Joel Matip 6, James Milner 7, Emre Can 5, Adam Lallana 8, Georginio Wijnaldum 7, Philippe Coutinho 6, Sadio Mane 9, Roberto Firmino 8.

Lacazette, 25, has always been regarded as one of Europe's top strikers, and he has again impressed this season with 27 goals in 31 games in all competition.

Arsenal have struggled against their top-six rivals - particularly on the road - and when you go to Anfield it is all about trying to ride out the storm.

"The collective response was very strong in the second half".

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