Festive Fixture At The Emirates

The Liver Bird is back! Where've I been? Well, to be honest, I don't really have a good excuse, other than being mega busy and struggling to balance my job with blogging at the moment but I'm determined to keep doing what I love; writing about Liverpool FC!

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So we're here, as I write this it's the day before the match and the day before I break up for a whole week of general merriness. I'm looking forward to the forthcoming fixture pile-up and genuinely think we will get the better of Wenger's side in London. 

Arsenal are currently sat 5th in the table, just behind the Reds in 4th. The Gunners have 33 points to Liverpool's 34 and would leapfrog Klopp's side with a win. 

Injuries mean Liverpool are unable to call upon Alberto Moreno and Joel Matip while Daniel Sturridge is also struggling with fitness. For Arsenal, Olivier Giroud is out. Klopp, however, does have one positive, welcoming Emre Can back from suspension.

The last time the two sides met was actually this year, the Reds put four past Arsenal at Anfield with Mane, Firmino, Salah and Sturridge all on the score sheet in August. In Liverpool's last five visits to the Emirates in the league, they have only picked up one win. 

Arsenal is obviously a tough place to go but having watched them play this season I'm just not sure they are set up to deal with our attack at its best. We saw in the reverse fixture how dangerous our forwards could be and I don't think the protection of the Emirates is going to be enough to prevent the likes of Salah, Mane, Coutinho, Firmino etc from finding the net.

Liverpool enter this game on the back of a 4-0 victory against Bournemouth, spirits are high after gaining a good draw in the Champions League and despite the stick given to the defence (which I still stand by), things are actually looking relatively solid at the moment.

Arsenal play extremely openly and that suits the Reds to a T, Wenger isn't going to pull a Mourinho and block the pitch, strangle the game and try to find a late goal. He loves to deploy his flair players which in turn leaves gaps for our own starlets to exploit.

I reckon this will either be a high scoring draw or a big Liverpool win, either way, it should make for a quality Friday night fixture! It will be interesting to see if Oxlade-Chamberlain gets a start, particularly after he put in a good performance at the weekend! Come back to The Liver Bird on the weekend for my thoughts on the game.

Enjoy the match folks, wherever you are watching!