Mesut Özil is battling to be fit enough for Saturday’s Premier League showdown between Liverpool and Arsenal.
Anfield will be the venue for the latest test of Liverpool’s credentials to finish in the top four. Fortunately, Liverpool don’t seem to struggle when playing teams in the top six.
The Reds have slumped to defeat in games against Hull City, Burnley and more recently Leicester City. The significance of these defeats is that they have come against teams battling relegation. You would argue that a team unbeaten against the league’s best should come up trump against the league’s worst.
Unfortunately, that is not how this season has played out and the likes of Swansea have taken points from games against Liverpool much to their rivals’ delight.
Can Özil recover from illness in time to play Liverpool?
Despite Liverpool’s inability to beat teams supposedly inferior to them, their record against the top six is exemplary. Yet to lose against the league’s higher ranked teams, Jürgen Klopp’s side has consistently been able to reign rival teams back. This brilliant head-to-head record has allowed the Reds to remain in contention for a Champions League spot.
Mesut Özil might be unavailable for the Gunners on Saturday as Goal report that the German was sent home from training by the club doctor with illness. He has been advised to rest and maintains hope of being declared fit to play Liverpool. He didn’t train at London Colney on Wednesday and will need to train before Saturday to be hopeful of being fit enough.
Mohammed Elneny is a definite to miss the game but could return for Arsenal in the next two weeks. Liverpool will be hopeful of winning to try and restore and sort of confidence that was obliterated at the King Power Stadium on Monday night.