Premier League champions Liverpool are looking to get back to winning ways against Arsenal on Wednesday night.
After succumbing to their first Anfield setback of the season against Burnley, Liverpool will be desperate to put things right against an Arsenal side that is there for the taking.
Fortunately, we may be playing the right team at the right time. Mikel Arteta’s team were recently beaten by Jose Mourinho after defensive shortcomings once again hindered the manager’s progress and Liverpool will certainly look to exploit Arsenal’s vulnerabilities.
Arteta trying to emulate Liverpool model
Arteta recently stated that he wants his new club to enjoy a progressive rise to the top, similar to that enjoyed by Wednesday’s opponents and English champions Liverpool under Jurgen Klopp.
Liverpool finished eighth in Klopp’s first season but have been on an upward trajectory since then and recently followed up last season’s Champions League triumph by ending the club’s 30-year title wait.
“What they have done is phenomenal,” said Arteta.
“Obviously, it took them some time to rebuild the squad and to create a new culture, a new philosophy, and a game model that suited the coach.
“It is something we have to look at, how they did it, because it’s a great example.”
Arsenal’s leaky defence
While 43 points currently separate the two teams going into the match, the difference between both teams’ defensive capabilities is astronomical.
Despite having both played 35 fixtures, Arsenal have conceded 17 more goals than the champions. Their ability to see out games this season has been widely concerning and the team have lost more points from winning positions than any other team in the league.
In their previous two fixtures against Tottenham and Leicester, Arsenal have surrendered five potential points from winning positions which has ultimately been the story of their season.
Liverpool meanwhile, have become experts in grinding out victories and are closing in on the all-time amount of wins in a single Premier League season (32).
With the likes of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane both still desperate to get their goal tallies up as the Liverpool duo look to retain their Premier League Golden Boot the pair couldn’t pick a better defence to exploit ahead of the trip to the Emirates.
Also, Liverpool have scored 17 goals in their previous 5 PL outings against Arsenal which would suggest that this will most likely be another high scoring affair.
Fighting for history
While Liverpool’s draw felt like a defeat against Burnley because of the chances wasted, it shouldn’t distract from the fact that the Reds have won the league at a canter this season and are closing in on history.
The Reds have taken 93 points from a possible 105 this season and have won the title in as few matches as any team in English history.
Also, Liverpool haven’t squandered points on successive occasions since January 2019 and will be desperate to put things right in the capital.
If Liverpool are to beat the all-time points tally achieved by Manchester City in 2018 then there is no room for any slip-ups. The champions need eight points from their final three remaining fixtures to set themselves as the highest achievers English football has ever seen.
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