Arsenal host Liverpool at The Emirates Stadium this afternoon in the Premier League, and the referee is Anthony Taylor. The match will kick-off at 16:30, live on Sky Sports Main Event, Premier League and Ultra HDR.
What the managers say (from Arsenal.com):
Mikel Arteta: “What we need to do is play the way we played in the last two games against them, and be more efficient in the areas that are going to decide the game.
“[I’m] very excited, it’s always great to prepare a game against Liverpool; how good they are, they dominate every aspect of the game. We play at home, and what I sense is a real sense of positivity and enthusiasm around the place.”
Jürgen Klopp: “We just focus on the game, on the things we have to do, improve from the games we played against them and learn from the games we played against them because they’re really good, and try to win.
“It’s more difficult at Arsenal but we are in a good moment and we should use that as well.”
Both sets of teams will be published live below, so refresh the page at 15:30 to view both line-ups and benches.
Referee: Anthony Taylor.
Assistant Referee: Gary Beswick.
Assistant Referee: Adam Nunn.
Fourth Official: Craig Pawson.
Video Assistant Referee: David Coote.
Additional Video Assistant Referee: Timothy Wood.
Pre-match views from the forum:
SA Gunner: “We need to win this game, no doubt about it.
Klopp will rally his troops, he knows this game will be very difficult for Liverpool because they cant dominate us anymore. They will rather look for lapses in our possession game, like Zinchenko is prone to do.
What I want most from Arteta is an ability to adapt to Klopp’s in-game adaptations, and do this in time. We know that we will have a very good main game plan for them upfront, but its important to be able to continue that gameplan, despite Klopp’s changes or adjust ourselves to take the game to them again. If we can manage that, we will control them for long enough to nullify and hurt them.
I liked what I saw from Smith Rowe, being able to combine and move around the field as he did. Allows us to interchange amongst our front line, and in doing so create the gaps we can exploit. Another aspect that we have brought in more is our use of direct attacks, that too will put their last line under massive pressure and give them a lot to think about.
So for me, no silly mistakes, keep up with Klopp’s in-game changes and take our chances when they come. And we win this one.
If we play our game well, it will be Arsenal 2-1 Liverpool.”
baccy_man: “The pace that we play at going forward is going to be a big problem, We take too long getting the ball forward because we pass the ball around far too many times and a lot of the passes are pointless passing the ball between the same two players or passing the ball backwards,
It does not take a lot to figure out that we will be playing the ball to Saka, or Martinelli, and trying to play the ball in from the wings we keep playing this way we are predictable now.”