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Liverpool Vs Arsenal: 3 reasons why Liverpool will defeat Arsenal in 3rd gameweek of Premier League

Sudarshan Venkatesan

Liverpool Vs Arsenal: 3 reasons why Liverpool will defeat Arsenal in 3rd gameweek of Premier League

Liverpool Vs Arsenal: Here are the three reasons why Liverpool would be able to defeat Arsenal.

Liverpool will face Arsenal in the third week of the Premier League in Anfield on Saturday. The duo is the only sides to secure two victories in two games, while the rest 18 managing to drop points.

Jurgen Klopp’s side has not been at their best, but have managed to procure victories – factor mattering the most. The defence has not looked at their best, but the front three’s spellbinding form gives them utmost confidence to head into this game. They have beaten Norwich City, Chelsea, and Southampton within eight days. This gives them fresh air after a week off.

Unai Emery, on the other side, was quoted saying that Anfield is the last place he wants to come. The Gunners have not tasted victory since 2012 in the red side of Merseyside and they have a fantastic chance to change that fate because of the outstanding business in the transfer market. They defeated Newcastle United and Burnley, but a daunting trip to Anfield awaits.

Liverpool are seen as the favourites, but the visitors have the capability to change the game when they are at their own best.

Here are the three reasons why Liverpool would be able to defeat Arsenal.

#3 Fabinho gives an edge in the midfield department

Much has been talked about the Reds defence, but the midfielders have equalled worked hard to shield the backline. Although it took time for Fabinho to settle into Klopp’s philosophy, the Brazilian has taken over the midfield department to become arguably the best defensive midfielder in the league, alongside Fernandinho and N’Golo Kante.

The 25-year-old started in the away game in the Emirates last season. Granit Xhaka and Lucas Torreira gave him money to run, with the reverse game in Anfield proving to be vice versa. Fabinho is not a neat player, who likes to make naughty tackles and stop counter-attacks of the opponents.

Not only does his defensive contributions is talked much, but his attacking contribution with supreme creativity is also pivotal for the Reds. His diagonal balls to pick out the full-backs Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson, helps them bomb forward and get involved in the attack.

The midfield three of Granit Xhaka, Lucas Torreira, and Dani Ceballos are anticipated to start the game. On the other hand, Jordan Henderson and Giorginio Wijnaldum have been tipped to secure their name in their starting lineup, with Fabinho. Unlike Unai Emery’s side, Liverpool midfield has steel because of the Brazilian’s presence.

#2  Pace of the centre-backs 

Liverpool’s high-line approach is a risk, but the scary part can be negated owing down to the pace of Liverpool’s centre-backs. Of the four centre-backs, only Dejan Lovren is the slowest, with Virgil Van Dijk, Joel Matip, and Joe Gomez having the lightning pace to catch up the opponent strikers.

The Croat is unlikely to start, and the partner of the former Southampton defender will be the conundrum for Jurgen Klopp. Joel Matip or Joe Gomez will start as right centre-backs until and unless a dramatic sequence pops up.

As for the Gunners, Pierre Emerick Aubameyang and Nicolas Pepe are anticipated to start in the forward line, along with Joe Willock or Reiss Nelson. Unai Emery has rarely started Alexander Lacazette in a top fixture away from home.

The Gabonese and Ivorian have an abundance of pace, so does Liverpool’s centre-backs. The Spaniard will be passing instructions to the forwards to run behind the defenders, but the Reds defenders can catch up their opponents.

#1  Front three looks on song 

Liverpool’s front three looked disjointed during the early weeks of last season, but it has been quite the opposite this season. Despite pairing up with their teammates at different times because of international commitments, Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah, and Sadio Mane looked threatening in the two games they have taken part this season.

The Reds breezed past Norwich City in the first game with Divock Origi getting deployed through the left-wing, while the attacking department looked lost when Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain started in the Super Cup game. With the introduction of the Brazilian in the second half, the game got altered – enabling the Reds to hold up the ball and create havoc in the offensive department.

After a tiring game in Istanbul, Jurgen Klopp had one motto to secure three points. The first half was not a fascinating performance as Sadio Mane scored a screamer from the edge of the box. In the early stages of the second part of the game, Roberto Firmino had two glorious chances, out of one which he slotted past the Saints keeper Angus Gunn.

Mohamed Salah has two goals contributions in three games, with Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane bagging three and four respectively. The backline of Arsenal is not the greatest – handing over a chance to run over them. Liverpool, at Anfield, have scored 12 goals against Arsenal over three seasons.

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