That tells you you don’t need to dominate the ball but you can dominate the space.
The clash between two of the country’s biggest clubs is the sort of match which always sounds good, even when the sides are at a low ebb.
The Reds travel to the Emirates Stadium with just one win in their last seven games against Arsenal, but on the back of two successive league wins at the start of their Premier League season. The Gunners are yet to justify their pre-season billing as genuine contenders.
He stated that each game you assess tactically to ensure you can come up with a game-plan to win the game, and that “ideally” top-flight managers “would want that consistency” in the team.
Arsenal have no fresh injury worries.
Meanwhile, the Gunners have their own injury worries to look at, with Danny Welbeck, Jack Wilshere and Tomas Rosicky still unavailable for the game.
Liverpool will assess the fitness of captain Jordan Henderson before kick-off.
Jon Flanagan, Joe Allen and Daniel Sturridge are all still out, but positively the striker nears a welcome comeback to action and is expected to return to training next week as he nears a recovery from hip surgery – with the looming trip to arch rivals Man United targeted as the possible comeback game. If the historical trend continues goals will be easy to come by on Monday, but if you’re in the away section, you can only hope it won’t be a repeat of what we saw last time – it’s our turn to run riot.
“If I do play what is the risk and how long could I be out potentially if I do something in the game?”
Brendan Rodgers quotes to follow…
Apart from doubts over the skipper, the Liverpool boss has the rest of the squad at his disposal. He’s scored 42 goals in 99 PL apps for Arsenal – only Thierry Henry (59), Ian Wright (56) and Emmanuel Adebayor (44) scored more in their first 100 PL apps for the club. Furthermore, Liverpool won their first three matches last season via 1-0 victories with odds of 4/1 available on an away success. Then in the last 10 to 15 minutes against Stoke I felt it bad and I couldn’t really put my weight on it.
Peppered 5-1 when they visited Anfield two seasons ago, the Gunners responded in kind when the Northerners travelled to the Emirates Stadium past year with a 4-1 thumping doled out to ease the pain still resonating from the previous campaign.
After the opening two MD’s, Arsenal have attempted the most crosses (49, excl. corners) and Liverpool have made the fewest (14, excl. corners).
When the Reds have kicked-off the work week, they’ve done it right, winning their last four matches on Monday night with their most recent being a controversial result against newly promoted AFC Bournemouth last week.
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