Liverpool v Arsenal: Premier League – live!

Jürgen Klopp talks pre-match. “It’s a really good time to be a Liverpool supporter so hopefully we feel that today in the stadium and we can show that on the pitch. As for Unai Emery, he says: “It’s a tough game and also the history is very important. We look sometimes at this history, but we want to create a new history with Arsenal. It’s a big opportunity to do every supporter proud with our club.” The stats suggest it will be a tough ask for Arsenal, who are winless in their last five league games at Anfield. Liverpool are unbeaten in their last seven matches against the Gunners, winning three and drawing four.

“Any word yet on what fake injury Mesut Özil is suffering from today?” emails Peter McMurry. “Flu? Back spasms? Or is is just a flareup in his ongoing battle against Chronic Timidity Against Quality Teams Syndrome?” Well, the word from Arsenal is that Özil did not travel to Merseyside after being withdrawn with a knee problem, an injury sustained against Brighton on Boxing Day. Özil was of course hooked at half-time in that match, though Unai Emery described that change as purely a tactical switch in his post-match press conference.

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