Last updated & checked: 10/08/2021
Table-topping Liverpool welcome Arsenal to Anfield on Saturday afternoon for what should be an interesting Premier League encounter. Jurgen Klopp’s Reds are now six points clear of Tottenham Hotspur in second place, and seven points clear of Manchester City in third. Liverpool are only the fourth team in Premier League history to be unbeaten at the halfway point of the season, a feat Arsenal were the first team to achieve in 2003/04.
Unai Emery’s Gunners therefore face a tough test at Anfield, especially given their recent form. December has brought defeats for Arsenal against Southampton in the league, and also against fierce rivals Spurs, who knocked them out of the League Cup. A 1-1 draw away at Brighton on Boxing Day will have done little to lift morale.
Liverpool vs Arsenal Prediction: Liverpool 2-0 Arsenal
Our prediction for this game is that the home side will win comfortably. Liverpool are in a imperious form at the moment, and it would be a brave punter who would bet against them in this game. Unai Emery is still rebuilding his Gunners team, and questions remain about their heart and steeliness when things get tough. Nothing at the moment is tougher in the Premier League than a trip to Anfield to face Liverpool. The Gunners looked pretty average in their draw at Brighton on Boxing Day, and there was little in that performance to suggest that they possess much that will threaten Liverpool.
Our recommended tip: Liverpool 2-0
Our featured tip for this game comes from Dafabet, who are offering odds of 7/1 on the Reds winning the game 2-0. This matches our prediction for how the game will turn out. Liverpool are absolutely flying at the moment when it comes to their form, and are a very hard team to beat. Their attacking power coupled with being at home means that they are likely to score more than once against the Gunners. A two-goal margin of victory looks reasonable, in our opinion. Odds of 7/1 also offer good value, and Dafabet does boost odds for some customers.
These two sides have played each other 53 times in the Premier League. Liverpool have won 19 of those games, Arsenal have won 15 and there have been 19 draws. Liverpool have beaten Arsenal 12 times at Anfield in the Premier League, with the Gunners winning six times on Merseyside. The last two league matches between the teams have ended in draws. The final score was 3-3 when the two sides met at Anfield last December. Earlier this season, the game at the Emirates Stadium ended in a 1-1 draw. James Milner scored for Liverpool and Alexandre Lacazette equalised for Arsenal.
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Players to watch: Andrew Robertson & Lucas Torreira
Liverpool left-back Andrew Robertson has developed into one of the Premier League’s most consistent performers during his time at Anfield. Now Scotland captain, the defender is the reds’ top tackler in 2018/19, having made 37 tackles this season. He is also third in the Reds’ list of passers, having played 1,154 passes in total this season. He is the type of player who helps to keep everything running smoothly, and offers plenty to the team in attack and defence.
Lucas Torreira could be an important figure for Arsenal at Anfield this week. The Uruguayan has contributed two goals and two assists to the cause this season, but it is his defensive qualities that might be more important against Liverpool. He has made 39 tackles this season, with a success rate of 62%. He has also blocked two shots and made 26 interceptions, as well as 20 clearances. He has won 106 duels and lost just 57.