Jurgen Klopp’s Reds will welcome Arsene Wenger’s Gunners on Saturday evening at Anfield in what could prove to be a decider for the top 4 finish. Both sides have been in stuttering form throughout the season which has damaged their title hopes. But all is not lost, with only three months left for the end of the season. Arsenal and Liverpool will be looking to book their spots in next season’s Champions League edition. However, here are the top three battles that we could look forward to during the encounter.
Philippe Coutinho Vs Hector Bellerin
One of the key battles to look forward to during Arsenal’s visit to Anfield is on the flank where the crafty Brazilian will be up against Arsenal’s pacey right back. Bellerin will have to be on top of his game to make sure that he doesn’t allow Coutinho any free space or time on the ball. As seen on match-day 1 where the winger bombed forward and scored two goals against the Gunners, Bellerin will be hoping to do a better job this time around. Whoever has the better game out of the two could prove to be decisive to the end result at full-time. Certainly a battle to look forward to.
Emre Can Vs Mesut Ozil
The two Germans will be against each other in the centre of the pitch as the midfield battle will be an intriguing one. The skill that Ozil possesses on the ball is unreal but off late his performance levels have been rather below par than the standard he has set. It is a similar case with Emre Can, the ‘tank’ who has been having a sloppy season and he once was usually reliant in possession under Brendan Rodgers. However, Can has not been at his best for Liverpool of late. The show down at Anfield may come to life if these two provide us with the evening’s entertainment with their qualities; both these players will be looking at a big game to embrace their authority on their respective teams.
Alexis Sanchez Vs Dejan Lovren
The Chilean has been Arsenal’s standout player this season and the hard-working forward will be looking to give it his all once again in a Gunners shirt. With his trickery, strength and movement he can be a handful for defenders. Dejan Lovren has been out with an injury and is back in training, the Croatian centre-back has been sorely missed as Liverpool have gone on a run of poor results in his absence. His addition to the squad and the battle against Sanchez should be a mouth-watering one.