By: FTW Staff | August 24, 2019 10:00 am
The stakes will be raised at Anfield on Saturday when Liverpool hosts Arsenal in an early clash to establish some elbow room in the Premier League title chase. These two teams enter Week 3 of the 2019-20 campaign as joint leaders and the only clubs to win each of their opening games, with both set to put their pristine records on the line.
Arsenal record signing Nicolas Pepe could make his first start for the club at Anfield, having come on during wins over Newcastle United and Burnley with increasing minutes. The Gunners look like clear underdogs travelling to Merseyside, having finished three places below runner-up Liverpool last season. However, 80 million winger Pepe could be a worthy enough talent to shift the tide.
It doesnt bode particularly well for Arsenal that Liverpool is unbeaten in their last 39 Premier League outings at Anfield. Whats more, Unai Emerys side has lost each of their last three Anfield fixtures, conceding nine times in their last two tripsthey lost 4-0 and 5-1 in their 2017 and 2018 visits, respectively.
The Reds pummelled Norwich City, 4-1, at home in their opening fixture this term, though the Gunners promise to be at least a little more testy.
Dani Ceballoson loan from Real Madriddazzled with two assists in Saturdays, 2-1, win against Burnley, meaning he should keep his place in Emerys XI for the trip to Merseyside.
Star Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson remains out of action with a calf injury. It was worrying for Klopp to see reserve stopper Adrianwho signed as a free transfer this summergift Southamptons Danny Ings an easy goal in Saturdays, 2-1, victory on the south coast. Hes hoping the Spaniard has easy mistakes out of his system.
The likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexadre Lacazette wont be as forgiving in their trip to face the Reds, who can open a distinct lead at the table summit in Week 3.
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