Graeme Souness fires warning to Arsenal ahead of Liverpool clash
Sky Sports pundit and former Liverpool midfielder, Graeme Souness, has warned Arsenal not to get carried away going into this weekend’s clash with the Reds.
The Gunners come into the game in fine form, with Aaron Ramsdale looking to make it four clean-sheets on the bounce. Liverpool, meanwhile, lost to West Ham before the international break and could be ready to fly out of the traps against Mikel Arteta’s men.
Liverpool’s home form has been superb. And with Mo Salah leading the line, they could very well spark back into life this weekend.
And speaking to Sky today, Souness believes that while Arsenal might be coming into the game in fine spirits, they’ll do well to avoid a Liverpool backlash at Anfield.
“Maybe Arsenal think it’s a good time to go to Liverpool and play them without their obvious strongest starting XI being available. But Liverpool have a very healthy group of players and it doesn’t matter what team they field. They’re playing at Anfield, the crowd will be behind them, the belief the crowd have in this group of players, it still makes it arguably the most difficult place to go and get a result, even if a few of their players are missing,” Souness said.
“I see an angry Liverpool having too much. Whatever team that plays, whatever the selection is, I only see one outcome. They’ll have a point to prove at the weekend.”
Liverpool won both games last season, winning comfortably at The Emirates in April this year. Things have changed since then for the Gunners, but this remains a stern test.
TBR’s View: Good start key for Arsenal at Liverpool
If any team allows the Reds to get in front early at Anfield, then it’s nearly always game over. Arsenal, then, need to start well themselves.
Whether that be by taking the lead, or by simply keeping the ball and keeping Anfield quiet. It has to be done, otherwise, as Souness says, the Reds could overwhelm Arsenal.
Obviously, stopping Mo Salah is key. Aaron Ramsdale is in fine form as we all know, but this is a different battle. He’ll need his defenders at their very best, otherwise he’s in for a long and busy day.
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