Liverpool vs. Arsenal: 3 Key Battles
An injury-ravaged Liverpool side face an Arsenal team who are rampant and are looking to provide Jurgen Klopp with more headaches. Arsenal will be looking to maintain their position at the top of the league with a win at Anfield and Klopp would be hoping for a better show than the 2-2 draw against Exeter in the FA Cup.
Liverpool played with many youngsters in that game and could have Jordan Henderson, Jordon Ibe and Mamadou Sakho back though the captain would probably start the match on the bench. Arsenal have won five out of their last six games and could well do some damage to Liverpool.
This fixture is one of the highlights of this round of fixtures and we look at three
- Christian Benteke vs. Per Mertesacker
Benteke is Liverpool’s top scorer with seven goals but that hasn’t been half the story as he has looked out of place in Jurgen Klopp’s playing style, which requires more running. The Belgian though would have to be at his best and really trouble the centre-backs of Arsenal if he has to get any purchase in this game.
Per Mertesacker could well be the one who keeps Benteke in check, Mertesacker certainly has the height and heading ability to deal with Benteke but the Belgian is more physical than the German and if Liverpool can win this battle, they could cause Arsenal a lot of problems.