Premier League Preview: Liverpool vs. Arsenal

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  • Arsenal 3W-3D-1L in last 7 at Anfield

Arsenal will look to pad its Premier League lead at Anfield on Wednesday, with its title rivals facing tough competition this midweek (Watch live, 2 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via Live Extra).

Liverpool, meanwhile, will hope to rebound from a 2-0 loss at West Ham United that slowed its climb toward the Top Four.

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Those are the stakes when two longtime rivals meet up on Wednesday, as the Reds hope to keep Arsenal winless in the season series for the first time since 2010-11.

Kolo Toure is back for Liverpool, which just added Steven Caulker on loan from QPR for center back depth. Mamadou Sakho is likely to feature alongside Toure in the heart of the backline, and Jurgen Klopp says Lucas Leiva will provide cover.

As for Arsenal, Tomas Rosicky is back to full training.

Man City faces Everton while Tottenham and Leicester square off, giving Arsenal a prime chance to move further away from at least two clubs in the Premier League pecking order.

What they’re saying

Liverpool’s Lucas Leiva on getting through the congested festive season: “We are used to this time of the year you get more injuries and that’s why you need everyone. Everyone needs to be ready when the chance comes. But at the same time you have injuries, you have players coming back, which is a big boost for the squad, and hopefully we will be fine for the next busy period that we have.”

Arsene Wenger on the Anfield experience: “Every time we go to Anfield, we face a team who is up for it. It’s always a ferocious battle, no matter who the manager is. They had a very strong manager before, they have a very strong one now and Klopp has the personality to do well there. [We need to] play our game at a good pace. We are used to pressing. It is not just Liverpool who do that, everybody in the modern game [does it].”

Prediction

All bets are off here, though it’s all about the form of Sakho and Toure. They’re able to play in the game, but how close to 100 percent are they? And will Anfield remain a bit of a home away from home for Arsenal? We think Klopp and Wenger will enjoy going head-to-head, but perhaps Liverpool’s injuries remain a bit much, and Arsenal takes a 2-1 win.