Liverpool v Arsenal. Liverpool’s doings and the recent past.

By Tony Attwood

Just in case we don’t get a chance to say this again for an Arsenal match – here we have the top club against the second in the league..

Liverpool’s results thus far have been fairly impressive as we would expect from the team that ran Manchester City close last season…

Date Match Res Score Competition
04 Aug Liverpool v Manchester City L 1-1 (4-5) Community Shield
07 Aug Oldham Athletic v Liverpool L 3-2 Football League Trophy
09 Aug Liverpool v Norwich City W 4-1 Premier League
14 Aug Liverpool v Chelsea W 2-2 (5-4) UEFA Super Cup
17 Aug Southampton v Liverpool W 1-2 Premier League

And as you will probably know they are one of the few teams that has bettered us during the Premier League years having won 20 games against us to our 15 wins against them.  They are ahead on goals as well in matches between the two sides in the PL, 87 to 68.

Despite the fact that we are first and second in the league at the moment, and I hope you’ll excuse me if I run that top of the table form just one more time…

Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Liverpool 2 2 0 0 6 2 4 6
2 Arsenal 2 2 0 0 3 1 2 6
3 Manchester City 2 1 1 0 7 2 5 4
4 Manchester United 2 1 1 0 5 1 4 4

the general feeling is that this is a home certainty for Liverpool.

Last season Liverpool were unbeaten at home, winning 17 and drawing 2, while knocking up a goal difference of +45, which was the same as Manchester City.   Our away form, as we have discussed here so often, was a distinct improvement on the season before, but not enough to take us back to where we were before the away form drop started.

We finished last season with just seven wins and eight defeats away, and a negative goal difference, so whichever way we look at this, anything but a Liverpool win is going to be a bit of an upset.

Our end of season run was really rather dispiriting…

Date Game Res Score Competition
21 Apr 2019 Arsenal v Crystal Palace L 2-3 Premier League
24 Apr 2019 Wolverhampton Wanderers v Arsenal L 3-1 Premier League
28 Apr 2019 Leicester City v Arsenal L 3-0 Premier League
02 May 2019 Arsenal v Valencia W 3-1 Europa League
05 May 2019 Arsenal v Brighton and Hove Albion D 1-1 Premier League
09 May 2019 Valencia v Arsenal W 2-4 Europa League
12 May 2019 Burnley v Arsenal W 1-3 Premier League
29 May 2019 Chelsea v Arsenal L 4-1 Europa League

Liverpool however, only lost one of their last 24 games of the season, by contrast including four straight wins at the very end.

04 May 2019 Newcastle United v Liverpool W 2-3 Premier League
07 May 2019 Liverpool v Barcelona W 4-0 Champions League
12 May 2019 Liverpool v Wolverhampton Wanderers W 2-0 Premier League
01 Jun 2019 Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool W 0-2 Champions League

And just to add to the sense of foreboding we have struggled against Liverpool of late in the Premier League, the last win being back in 2015.

Date Game Res Score
04 Apr 2015 Arsenal v Liverpool W 4-1
24 Aug 2015 Arsenal v Liverpool D 0-0
13 Jan 2016 Liverpool v Arsenal D 3-3
14 Aug 2016 Arsenal v Liverpool L 3-4
04 Mar 2017 Liverpool v Arsenal L 3-1
27 Aug 2017 Liverpool v Arsenal L 4-0
22 Dec 2017 Arsenal v Liverpool D 3-3
03 Nov 2018 Arsenal v Liverpool D 1-1
29 Dec 2018 Liverpool v Arsenal L 5-1

This past summer while Arsenal lashed out a net spend of over £90m, Liverpool had a net profit of over £28m.  Their incoming players being

  • Sepp van den Berg, from PEC Zwolle for £1.3m
  • Andy Lonergan, a free agent
  • Harvey Elliott from Fulham for an undisclosed fee
  • Adrián from West Ham United on a free

The only departures which were not loans or free transfers were

  • Rafael Camacho, Sporting C for £5mMarko Grujic
  • Danny Ings to Southampton for £18m
  • Simon Mignolet to Club Brügge for £6.4m

Liverpool have of course been in serious trouble for their transfer dealings with children, and have been penalised for them, but have escaped a transfer ban overall, so have not had their buying interrupted for legal reasons.  They accepted they made an illegal approach to a Stoke City player and got a two year ban from signing Academy players from other English clubs.  Their activities ended up with a player being left in limbo, and a family faced with school fees they could not afford.   However the club were not banned from foreign deals,  and the second year of the ban was suspended for three years.

It is hard to say how much notice parents of youngsters take of such behaviour or the risks that seem to have been involved in having dealings with Liverpool, nor how much other clubs have started to be wary of Liverpool’s approach to transfers.

More on the match tomorrow.


One Reply to “Liverpool v Arsenal. Liverpool’s doings and the recent past.”

  1. True that Liverpool made tremendous success the last couple of years. Their net spending is also huge success for them. The fixture Arsenal vs Liverpool is getting people’s attention more and more because of the kind of game it delivers. Especially, this year people wanted to know how this game unfolds. Liverpool high line pressing game that destroys Barcelona vs resurgent arsenal. There is plenty to expect from this game. From what formation Emery deploys to how the new boys perform. Liverpool high line pressing, as much as it was ideal to destroys Barcelona, it has its own drawbacks to apply it week in and week out at PL. It draws a lot of energy from their planet size defenders and make them weak after a few games. Unless they apply the approach selectively, there is good chance that arsenal finish above them this season.

    As for arsenal formation, I go for chambers-Luiz partnership at the back as I prefer athleticism and dynamics instead of physicality. At the mid I will go for Xhaka, thoriera/ceballos, willock. Upfront it is obvious, but can also go for Nelson first to induce fatigue and give defensive cover then Pepe.

    The build up to this game and the media hype up reminds me the One billion global football fans used to watch Arsenal vs United games during the peak time. Good luck.

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