Team news, facts and figures ahead of the Premier League clash between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield.
Liverpool defender Daniel Agger is available for Sunday’s Premier League clash against Arsenal after serving a domestic suspension. Sebastian Coates replaced the Dane in last week’s draw with Manchester City. Brazilian midfielder Lucas has been ruled out for two to three months with a thigh injury but boss Brendan Rodgers otherwise has a fully-fit squad.
Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny returns to the squad for the clash with Liverpool. Koscielny has recovered from a calf injury, but goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny faces a fitness test on his rib problem. Midfielder Jack Wilshere and defender Bacary Sagna continue their rehabilitation.
Brendan Rodgers: “Arsenal have been consistently in that top four for the last 14 or 15 years.I think the competition now, especially at the top end of the Premier League, is immense. The money invested into the clubs is incredible.That makes it tougher but certainly Arsenal are a team that have been up there for a number of years and I am sure it will be the same this year.”
Arsene Wenger: “You never expect much from us, but we always have a good potential to surprise you. If I listened to the predictions on the same day last year, it was predicted we would finish between 10th and 15th. We finished third. There are also a lot of expectations at Liverpool. I believe Liverpool are a good team. Having watched all the games I could watch until now in the Premier League, it’s very difficult to single one team out above everyone else. Liverpool certainly have a chance to be fighting for the top, but we’re competing with Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United now as well.”
There have been seven 90th minute or later goals scored in the last seven Premier League games between Liverpool and Arsenal and five in the last four.
There have been own goals scored in each of the last three Premier League games between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield and one at the Emirates last season.
In fact, Liverpool v Arsenal at Anfield has seen the joint-most own goals of any fixture in Premier League history (4).
Liverpool have won just one of their last 10 Premier League games against Arsenal (W1 D6 L3).
The Gunners are unbeaten in their last five Premier League visits to Anfield (W2 D3) and have come from behind in all those games to secure those results.
Only Arsenal (19%) have a worse shooting accuracy than Liverpool in the Premier League this season (24%)
Arsenal have failed to score in their opening two PL games. The longest they have gone without scoring from the start of the season is 224 minutes (last season).
Arsenal have allowed the joint-fewest shots on target against them this season along with Sunderland who have played just one game.
Liverpool have picked up just 19 points in 21 Premier League games in 2012.
Arsenal have won just one of their last seven Premier League matches, but five of the other six games have been draws.