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Match Preview: Liverpool vs Arsenal

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Alexis Sanchez is set to make his first appearance of the season as the Gunners visit Merseyside to bounce back from their disappointing defeat last week, while the Reds are buoyant.

Match Details:

Time: 4pm (BST), 8.30pm (IST)
Date: 27th August, 2017
Venue: Anfield
TV Coverage: Star Sports Select SD 1 and Select HD 2 in India, Sky Sports and Sky Sports Main in UK, NBCSN in USA.

Team News:

Liverpool: Philippe Coutinho is unlikely to play as his future remains up in the air ahead of the transfer window closing, while Adam Lallana remains out with an injury.Klopp is hopeful that both Emre Can and Trent Alexander-Arnold can overcome minor issues they sustained in midweek against Hoffenheim, while Georginio Wijnaldum is set to return to England after attending the birth of his child in Holland.Nathaniel Clyne is another injury concern and the defender is still not fully up to speed following a back complaint.

“Until 31 August a lot of things are really possible, in and out. If the transfer window closed tomorrow, I’m happy with it. Divock Origi was not in the squad [against Hoffenheim on Wednesday], he has done nothing wrong, it just shows how big the quality already is. We will see what happens. I’m happy at the moment, will I be happy on the 31st? Not sure. Will I be more happy? It’s possible.” -Jurgen Klopp

Arsenal: Alexis Sanchez is in line to make his first Arsenal appearance of the season when they face Liverpool in the Premier League at Anfield on Saturday.Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has a largely-fit squad to choose from, although long-term absentee Santi Cazorla (ankle) still sidelined. Wenger has a largely-fit squad to choose from, although long-term absentee Santi Cazorla (ankle) still sidelined.

“Alexis [Sanchez] has worked very hard to be back again and he is available. He works very hard, is focused and gives absolutely everything. He loves to play so much that it is sometimes difficult to stop him but he looks absolutely ready. He loves to play football and I don’t think he is too disturbed by all the noises that happen. Players at that level are used to it now, some deal better with it than others but I don’t think he is too bothered by that.” -Arsene Wenger

Predicted Line-Up:

Liverpool: Mignolet; Alexander-Arnold, Moreno, Matip, Lovren; Wijnaldum, Henderson, Can; Mane, Salah, Firmino.

Arsenal: Cech; Monreal, Mustafi, Koscielny; Kolasinac, Bellerin, Xhaka, Ramsey; Sanchez, Ozil, Lacazette.

Key match stats :

The Gunners last won a Premier League away game against a side that finished in the top six last season back in January 2015 (2-0 at Man City) – they’ve since lost seven and drawn five of their matches on the road against these clubs.

Liverpool won 20 points from 10 Premier League matches against the rest of the top six in 2016-17; more than any other side.

Liverpool have kept a clean sheet in each of their last three Premier League games at Anfield – the last time that they kept four in a row at home in the competition was in September 2013 under Brendan Rodgers.

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Petr Cech has conceded 26 goals against Liverpool in the Premier League – against no side has he conceded more in the competition (also 26 vs Manchester United).

Roberto Firmino has scored three goals in four Premier League games against Arsenal.