League leaders before this round, Liverpool take on the only other Premier League (PL) team with a 100% record after two games as Arsenal journey to Merseyside. The hosts are unbeaten in eight straight PL H2Hs (W4, D4), and have scored three or more goals in six of the last seven meetings.
Furthermore, stretching back to the 2016/17 season, the ‘Reds’ are on a 41-game unbeaten PL run in front of their own fans (W31, D10), and have scored two goals or more in eight straight home league matches (all wins), keeping a clean sheet in five of those eight games. Additionally, last season they won at HT/FT on 13 occasions here.
Arsenal started the season with two wins for the first time since 2009/10, and curiously they’ve played Liverpool within the opening three matches in six of their previous nine seasons (W1, D2, L3) – four of those six featured two goals or less.
Last season, however, their average of 3.26 total goals per PL match was the league’s second-highest, whilst no team saw a higher percentage of their league matches feature at least four (44.74%) or five (23.68%) total goals.
Players to watch: Roberto Firmino (LIV) has six goals in the last five H2Hs – four of those arrived before the 20th-minute mark!
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (ASNL), meanwhile, has seven goals in his last seven PL matches. Including four penalties, 20 of his 22 PL goals last season came via his right foot.
Stat attack: Last season, Liverpool won 89.47% of the home matches that they started as favorites – the division’s second-highest percentage.
Liverpool has won their previous 11 PL games, with both teams scoring in seven of those matches.
Arsenal has been shown eight yellow cards in their three last visits to Anfield (2.67 on average).
Will not play
Referee: Taylor A. (Eng),
Venue: Anfield (Liverpool)