Arsenal travel to Liverpool this weekend, with the two sides the only outfits in the Premier League to boast 100% records.
Unai Emery’s men have come out on top against Newcastle United and Burnley, while Jurgen Klopp’s side have defeated Norwich City and Southampton in the opening weeks.
The Gunners will be hoping to improve on their last visit to Anfield after suffering a 5-1 defeat back in December.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles initially opened the scoring early on last year, however, two strikes from Roberto Firmino, one from Sadio Mane and a Mohamed. Salah penalty saw the Reds go in at half time 4-1 to the good.
Firmino completed his hat-trick in the second half last time around, so he’ll certainly be one to keep a close eye on.
Along with Firmino, they’ll be plenty of players looking to be the match-winner, so we’ve decided to take a look at five key battles for the fixture this weekend.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang v Virgil Van Dijk
Aubameyang against van Dijk will be a tasty encounter. The pair have excelled for their respective sides since joining, so this battle will definitely be key to the outcome of the game on Saturday.
Dani Ceballos v Fabinho
Ceballos excelled against Burnley last weekend and he could come up against Fabinho this time around. The Spaniard will be key to Arsenal’s attacking intent at Anfield, so if he can get the better of the Brazilian, the Gunners will be in with a shout.
Roberto Firmino v David Luiz
The battle of the Brazilians. Firmino is instrumental to Liverpool’s attack, so if the new Gunners defender can keep hos fellow countryman quiet, Arsenal will have every chance of coming away with a positive result.
Sadio Mane v Ainsley Maitland-Niles
Mane has tended to play out on the left in the Reds’ formidable front three. If Klopp continues with deploying the wide man on the left, he’ll more than likely come up against Maitland-Niles.
The youngster likes to get forward, however, he’ll have to be at the top of his game defensively on Merseyside.
Jurgen Klopp v Unai Emery
We expect the eight players listed in the four previous battles to start, leaving the two gaffers as our final battle.
Klopp and Emery may decide to spring a few surprises in their starting line-ups, which could be the difference on Saturday.
Could Nicolas Pepe or Mesut Ozil start? Will Klopp give the nod to the likes of James Milner or Georginio Wijnaldum?
Only time will tell.
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