Liverpool play host to Arsenal in a Champions League qualification crunch match on Saturday.
The race for England’s top four looks set for a spectacular climax, with second and seventh still only separated by nine points. Liverpool and Arsenal currently sit fifth and fourth respectively, with poor runs of form having seen them both slide worryingly down the table. That’s sure to make their encounter at Anfield on Saturday all the more spectacular, and almost certainly the pick of the weekend’s Premier League action.
The ramifications could be huge for Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp, whose future has been called into question after overseeing just two wins in his side’s last 12 matches — with just one of them coming in the league. Their misery was compounded by a shocking defeat at home to relegation strugglers Leicester City on Monday. Arsenal have fared a little better of late, but back-to-back defeats to Watford and Chelsea last month ensures the pressure is still on Arsène Wenger.
How to watch, stream, and listen
TV: NBCSN (U.S.); Sportsnet regional networks (Canada); BT Sport 1 (U.K.)
For online listings in other countries, you can check out LiveSoccerTV
Three big things to know
1. Liverpool will be without long-term absentees Danny Ings and Marko Grujić, though the latter is nearing a return to action. Jordan Henderson and Dejan Lovren both face late fitness tests.
2. Arsenal will be missing midfielders Santi Cazorla and Mohamed Elneny, though their absences are slightly offset by the return of Granit Xhaka from a four-match ban. Mesut Özil, Laurent Koscielny and Aaron Ramsey are all early doubts.
3. Liverpool failed to win only two matches in all competitions at Anfield before Christmas. Since then they’ve won just once, and suffered defeats at the hands of Swansea City, Southampton and Championship strugglers Wolverhampton Wanderers.