Arsenal vs Liverpool: The Lowdown

A testy encounter with a title rival is on the horizon

Arsenal v Liverpool - Emirates FA Cup Third Round
Arsenal v Liverpool - Emirates FA Cup Third Round / Shaun Botterill/GettyImages

When it comes to winning a Premier League title, there are several hurdles a club must overcome. Consistency, injuries, tough scheduling, and of course, their title rivals. Sunday's matchup represents quite a bit of that hurdle, as Liverpool face arguably their toughest match of the season.

Historically, our fixtures against the Gunners have been entertaining affairs. This season is no different, with the 1-1 draw at Anfield, and the 2-0 win at the Emirates in the FA Cup third round living up to the fixture's reputation.

The latter result was certainly impressive, with the Reds managing a gutsy win without their best attacker in Mo Salah. Can the Reds repeat this result, and what would the ramifications be in this title race if they fail to do so?

Pepijn Lijnders, Luis Diaz
Luis Diaz scored Liverpool's second goal when the Reds triumphed over Arsenal in the FA Cup 3rd round. / Julian Finney/GettyImages

If Liverpool Wins...

In an ideal world, Liverpool wins, and all this doubt and uncertainty gets swept away. Heaven knows supporters could use it after all the recent news.

Unfortunately, these fixtures are rarely straightforward, and the Reds must dig deep once again to get the three points. The return of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Dominik Szoboszlai, and Andy Robertson gives the Reds a boost, but Salah and Wataru Endo remain out due to injury and international commitments, leaving Jurgen Klopp's men just short of a full squad.

If it ends in a draw...

The pragmatic view of this fixture would be the points being shared. If you would ask any Liverpool fan at the start of the season that you were guaranteed a point at the Emirates, they would've taken that and ran away with it.

It certainly wouldn't be the end of the world but given the context of the current season, the emotions running high, and the recent 4-1 thumping of rivals Chelsea at home, a stalemate would probably yield some slight disappointment.

If Arsenal were to win...

A loss, while certainly damaging, isn't necessarily a fatal blow in the grand scheme of things for the Reds. Arsenal is undoubtedly one of the league's elite teams, and the squad is still missing the presence of Salah and Endo.

If there's one thing I am confident about, it's that if the Reds are to lose, it won't be without a fight. That is the mentality that Klopp has instilled throughout his stay at the club, and I expect the lads on the pitch to give 100% against talented opposition.

Without mincing words, even with their excellent run of form, I still expect a tough outing for Liverpool here.

The players have to be at their best, and there are a few questions on key positions for the starting XI, with Conor Bradley's immaculate form being the main talking point.

It certainly seems like the kind of game that some would think the lights would be a little too bright, but he's imposed himself quite a bit these last few games, so right back would be a position to keep an eye out come Sunday, and it certainly adds to the intrigue of what is shaping up to be a massive encounter.

In what has become known as the Klopp farewell tour over the last few days, Sunday's game presents another stiff challenge for Jurgen's mighty Reds. The saying goes that you can't win the title in February, but you can certainly lose it.

Form-wise, Liverpool holds the edge over the Gunners, who have managed to recover from their post-holiday slump as well in recent matches.

Hopefully, the Reds continue to ride their wave of momentum coming into one of the league's most intimidating venues, in which success can serve as a pivotal step towards a second league title in the Klopp era.