Morning all.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference on Friday, Mikel Arteta said:

We’ve been to a few grounds this season where we haven’t won in 17, 18 and 22 years and we have managed to do that. So we are capable of [winning at Anfield], that’s for sure. We really need to embrace the moment and go for it. The team is full of enthusiasm and positivity and we know that we have a big challenge, but I see a big opportunity to go to Anfield and do something that we haven’t done for many years. That’s what is driving the team in the last few days.

17, 18 and 22 years? I can’t think of a ground we’ve not won at for such a lengthy period of time. Not even The Etihad, or Maine Road as it used to be, Stamford Bridge or Old Trafford. Not even Anfield, although ten years is an awfully long time. Too long. Santi Cazorla and Lukas Podolski were the scorers on that warm and sunny day in September 2012. Actually, I’ve no idea what the weather was like. Mikel Arteta was in the team that day though.

Liverpool are having a pretty poor season, certainly away from home but even at Anfield, apart from the battering of both Bournemouth and Man Utd, they’ve been far from at their best, or at least the level they have been in previous seasons under Klopp. They’ve only lost one home match though, against Leeds Utd. I don’t think they’ve even conceded a League goal at Anfield since December of last year.

We’ve lost just two games on the road, at Old Trafford, thanks to a poor VAR decision and at Everton when we just couldn’t get going. Back in Merseyside today, Mikel Arteta’s players will have to be at their best,  and from the moment Paul Tierney blows his whistle for the first time. An early goal to silence the Anfield noise would be the ideal start.

Gabriel Jesus up against Van Dijk, Gabriel Martinelli v Alexander-Arnold, Bukayo Saka v Robertson   are battles we should be looking to win. Martin Odegaard and Thomas Partey should be strong enough and certainly good enough to win the midfield battle but, we know that in attack, Salah, Firmino, Jota and Nunez are a threat to any team on their day but if they don’t have the ball, they can’t cause a problem.

Despite scoring first against City at the Etihad last weekend, Liverpool were then torn apart. Mainly by Jack Grealish who, love or loathe him, has been in great form, it’s just a shame he’s out of the same school of soft knocks as Kane. In the week, Liverpool went to Stamford Bridge and nicked a point. The match was dire and if Chelsea had more about them, they’d have won it but they don’t and didn’t. If Liverpool are as open in their own half as they were in that game, this Arsenal team need to pounce.

Mikel Arteta has a selection problem to solve as one of Leandro Trossard, Gabriel Jesus, Gabriel Martinelli or Bukayo Saka is likely to miss out. Unless he goes very left field and leaves Granit Xhaka out which I can’t see happening. Asked how he will make his selection he replied:

It depends on the moment, what we want to do, the quality we are seeking and the relationships that we want on certain days. Then obviously you can make five changes [in the game], so you have the ability to change the game with those players, which is great for us. It’s much better to have that problem because at the moment they are all looking really good.

Man City have already added three points to their total this weekend by thumping Southampton yesterday evening. Five points divide them and us now with the same number of fixtures played. If we can get a result today, it’d be massive for all sorts of reasons. Points obviously, but belief too.

Catch up in the comments.