Much history runs beneath the bridges of both these teams, and although both Liverpool and Arsenal can claim to be two of the biggest clubs in England - past and present - the wait for the title has been far too long for clubs of this stature.

Liverpool last lifted the top-flight trophy on 1990 and have never won the Premier League, whereas the Gunners were last Champions when they also went Invincible in 2004.

Now, these sides clash once again as they have done for over a century. Will this tussle tell us all more about each side’s respective title credentials?

Arsene Wenger will be well aware that losing two games in a row, even at this early stage, would be a huge blow. Last week’s 1-0 result at Stoke may have been unlucky - refereeing decisions and a multitude of wasted chances were at the forefront of the game - but yet again it was points dropped at the home of the Potters. This very much resembles lessons not learned for Wenger and his charges.

Can he silence the critics with a win away from home against a rival?

Wenger has won just one of his last five versus the Reds, and his last win at Anfield was way back in 2012. Not exactly reassuring stuff, but what this game does promise is goals, lots of them. Twenty two goals have been scored in just the last five games, and both defences need to be on point.

The problem is though, is that both teams are hardly watertight. Liverpool shipped three to Watford in their first game, but last week’s tough 1-0 win over Crystal Palace showed they can mix it in their backline should they need to. The Gunners were wide open against Leicester two weeks ago, and allowed Stoke to score from their only meaningful attack up to that point last weekend. If we are to have any hope against a potent Merseysider’s, then we must hope Laurent Koscielny is match fit.

The talismanic defender has missed the first two games through suspension, but is available for selection. The Frenchman can expect a quick recall to the side if he can prove his sharpness. If Wenger does continue with three at the back, who takes the remaining spots? Sead Kolasinac has impressed thus far, and Nacho Monreal is an asset at both ends of the pitch, but are they the most reliable partners for Koscielny at the heart of our backline?

Much has also been made of Alexis Sanchez and his injured abdomen. The Chilean has been confirmed as fit by Wenger in his latest press conference, and whilst the Gunners Manager erred on the side of caution, he did hint toward the Chilean starting. A side with Alexis in it is stronger than one without!

The inclusion of Koscielny and Alexis means a changed side, but who makes way? Danny Welbeck has huffed and puffed but has failed so far to make an impact, so his spot looks like it will be filled by Sanchez. Koscielny should push out Nacho, with the Spaniard playing alongside the Frenchman and Shkodran Mustafi in a much more solid looking defence.

Jurgen Klopp does not have the luxury of being able to recall his own star player. Phillipe Coutinho is still out through injury, so much onus will be on Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah to fill the void.

The Reds also played in midweek, a victory over Hoffenheim to guarantee passage to the Champions League Group Stages. The side that played that game may well be rotated, and this would give Wenger an edge. It means the home side will not be at full strength - whether it be a rotated side or fatigue - Arsenal should have an advantage.

Whether that manifests itself into a win is another matter entirely. Who knows which Arsenal will turn up. We can at least take solace that Alexis is back - but for how long?


Predicted Lineup - Cech, Mustafi, Koscielny, Nacho Monreal, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Xhaka, Ramsey, Kolasinac, Ozil, Alexis, Lacazette

Predicted Scoreline - 2-1 Arsenal.