Liver­pool out to make state­ment at Ar­se­nal

The Pak Banker - - INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS/SPORTS -

Em­bold­ened by back-to-back vic­to­ries, Liver­pool visit long­stand­ing ri­vals Ar­se­nal on Mon­day (to­day) look­ing to score points in the early-sea­son bat­tle for po­si­tion in the Premier League. Liver­pool lost 4-1 on their last trip to the Emi­rates Sta­dium in April as their chal­lenge for a Cham­pi­ons League place faded, with Bren­dan Rodgers s side tak­ing just eight points from a pos­si­ble 27 in the run-in. But hav­ing beaten Stoke City and Bournemouth, and with Ar­se­nal hav­ing lost 3-1 at home to West Ham United on the open­ing week­end, Liver­pool re­turn to north Lon­don with con­fi­dence at least par­tially re­stored.

"No mat­ter when these games come in the sea­son, they re al­ways good for the psy­cho­log­i­cal ef­fect," Liver­pool man­ager Rodgers told his pre-match press con­fer­ence. "Of course, we ve got tough games (to come) away from home, but we ll ar­rive into the game with con­fi­dence. "We know they re an out­stand­ing group of play­ers with some qual­ity in­di­vid­ual play­ers, but there s a real fo­cus in this group for this sea­son, a real tough­ness men­tally. "And we know we ve got that abil­ity to scrap and to fight to get a re­sult, as well as play good football.

"So if we can go there and per­form like we think we can and have that game-plan, we re con­fi­dent that we can get a re­sult." Liver­pool have won only once in their last 18 games at the Emi­rates and their 5-1 de­mo­li­tion of Ar­se­nal at An­field in Fe­bru­ary 2014 was the only suc­cess in their last eight meet­ings with Arsene Wenger s side. Both teams tend to ap­proach games look­ing to dom­i­nate the ball, but Rodgers says that as far as pos­ses­sion is con­cerned, he is more in­ter­ested in qual­ity than quan­tity. "If you look at Ar­se­nal s last 10 games that they ve lost at home, the teams that have won there, it s been about dan­ger­ous pos­ses­sion," he said.

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