|Carragher was very pleased last time he was at the Emirates...|
Thankfully for Liverpool the injury situation is looking a lot better. Glen Johnson, Jose Enrique and Pepe Reina should all be available to start on Wednesday . For Arsenal they are without ex Everton man Mikel Arteta, Fabianski and Coquelin who are all still recovering from injuries. Also unavailable is Gervinho who is at the African Cup Of Nations.
The last time Liverpool and Arsenal met was in September last year. The match at Anfield ended badly for Liverpool who succumbed to a 2-0 defeat. Our last visit to the Emirates though makes for more positive reading, in August 2011 Liverpool won the match 2-0 after an own goal and a Luis Suarez effort.
Both teams have lost 2 out of their last 5 matches but whilst Liverpool have lost to a League 1 side as well as Manchester United, Arsenal have lost to Chelsea and Man City which is perhaps more excusable than our Oldham result.
Both teams also notched up five goals in their last Premier League outings, the Reds putting 5 past Norwich whilst Arsenal only conceded 1 in their confident victory over West Ham.
- Liverpool are joint with Manchester United on the most away games won in the league at Arsenal (6).
- Arsenal have only lost 1 of their last 11 Premier League games.
- If Daniel Sturridge scores for the Reds it will be 4 in 5 for the ex Chelsea player.
I must admit I don't know what to expect from this fixture. Over the past couple of seasons it's become a bit of a thing with Liverpool that they seem to perform pretty well against the big sides even if they aren't collecting results elsewhere, of course playing well doesn't always guarantee a result against the big boys either but we tend to come out of our shell.
With Brendan surely playing a full strength side after the defeat at Boundary Park you would hope that the lads have remembered how fluent they were against Norwich. Ok Norwich aren't Arsenal but if they take that attitude into the game and remain calm whilst they are on the ball then we could really cause those boys at the Emirates some trouble.
Enjoy the match folks!