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Premier League

  • September 2, 2012
  • • 08:30
  • • Anfield, Liverpool
  • Referee: H. Webb
  • • Attendance: 44932

Premier League Preview: Liverpool - Arsenal

Premier League Preview: Liverpool - Arsenal

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Brendan Rodgers' men secured a hard-fought draw against champion Manchester City in their last outing and face an Arsenal side yet to score this year.



Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Enrique
Sahin, Gerrard, Allen
Downing, Suarez, Sterling

Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Gibbs
Cazorla, Arteta, Diaby
Gervinho, Giroud, Podolski

Nuri Sahin is set to make his Liverpool debut in the heart of midfield after Lucas (thigh) was ruled out for up to three months after hobbling off in the opening stages of the 2-2 draw with Manchester City.

Daniel Agger is likely to return from suspension to replace Sebastian Coates in defense but youngster Raheem Sterling is poised to make another start having impressed against Roberto Mancini's side last time out.

For Arsenal, Vito Mannone could continue to deputize in goal with Wojciech Szczesny and Lukas Fabianski both still struggling for match fitness.

Bacary Sagna's long-term leg injury means Carl Jenkinson will again step in at right back, with the France defender set to return to training after the upcoming international break. Fellow international teammate Laurent Koscielny (calf) faces a late fitness test.

The continuing transfer speculation surrounding Theo Walcott could mean that Gervinho will again feature from the start, in support of Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski, while Alex Oxlaide-Chamberlain should appear from the bench.

Jack Wilshere (ankle), Emmanuel Frimpong (knee) and Tomas Rosicky (thigh) all remain long-term absentees.

  • Liverpool has won just one of its last 10 Premier League games against Arsenal.
  • New signing Joe Allen (pictured, right) has an 85 percent passing accuracy in the attacking half of the pitch, alongside a 100 percent passing accuracy in the defensive half.
  • Liverpool has picked up just 19 points from 21 Premier League games during 2012.
  • Only Arsenal (19 percent) has a worse shooting accuracy than Liverpool in the Premier League this season (24 percent).
  • There have been seven goals scored in the 90th minute or later in the last seven Premier League games between Liverpool and Arsenal, and five in the last four.
  • Liverpool - Arsenal at Anfield has seen the joint-most own goals of any fixture in Premier League history with four.
  • Arsenal has allowed the joint-fewest shots on target against it this season.


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Available Squads
25Pepe ReinaGoalkeeper
2Glen JohnsonDefender
3José EnriqueDefender
5Daniel AggerDefender
37Martin SkrtelDefender
18Nuri SahinMidfielder
8Steven GerrardMidfielder
24Joe AllenMidfielder
31Raheem SterlingMidfielder
7Luis SuárezStriker
31Fabio BoriniStriker
1Bradley JonesGoalkeeper
19Sebastián CoatesDefender
23Jamie CarragherDefender
34Martin KellyDefender
14Jordan HendersonMidfielder
19Stewart DowningMidfielder
8Jonjo ShelveyMidfielder
25Vito MannoneGoalkeeper
4Per MertesackerDefender
5Thomas VermaelenDefender
25Carl Jenkinson Defender
28Kieran GibbsDefender
24A. DiabyMidfielder
8Mikel ArtetaMidfielder
19Santi CazorlaMidfielder
9Lukas PodolskiStriker
12Olivier GiroudStriker
15Alex Oxlade-ChamberlainStriker
-Damián MartínezGoalkeeper
6Laurent KoscielnyDefender
27Andre SantosDefender
16Aaron RamseyMidfielder
22Francis CoquelinMidfielder
14Theo WalcottStriker

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