The fate of Liverpool’s Champions League is already set after going through the group stage, but they must return to winning ways in the Premier League if they want to challenge for the title.
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Liverpool suffered their first defeat of the season in their final game before the international break, losing 3-2 to West Ham.
Despite that result, Jurgen Klopp’s side still have a great chance of regaining the Premier League title this period, with the league’s top scorers sitting just four points behind leaders Chelsea.
Liverpool’s first match since the restart is difficult, as they welcome an informative Arsenal side to Anfield on Saturday 20 November.
Mikel Arteta’s side are one of the formative teams in the division who have not lost since August and can, surprisingly, outscore the hosts by three points.
Arsenal will definitely be desperate to win at Anfield, a result that would highlight Arteta and they are fans that they may be able to challenge England’s elite again in the top four races.
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Discussing his team’s form after their 1-0 win over Watford on November 7, Arteta said: “We have achieved good results in the last two months but there is still a lot to do.”
That work will continue against Red Side discarded by some of their best players as the Gunners pitch on Merseyside.
Klopp could be without six players for the match, including Roberto Firmino, who suffered an injury during the Champions League victory against Atletico Madrid.
The Liverpool manager told reporters: “Losing Bobby Firmino is a blow. I don’t think I have to say how big it is. It’s a serious injury.
“We’re talking about weeks – more than four I consider a serious injury. Then we have to see. Bobby is a quick healer.”
However, it is understood that he could be sidelined for as long as Christmas.
Longtime absentee Harvey Elliott will certainly miss the Arsenal game, while James Milner (hamstring), Naby Keita (hamstring) and Curtis Jones (scratched eye) are all doubts.
Sadio Mane is also worried after he limped out of Senegal’s game against Togo after just 28 minutes.
Senegalese leader Aliou Cisse insisted: “He is an important player for the team. We took him out as a precaution and it is nothing important.”
That’s almost good news for Klopp, who is also safe knowing that his team’s Champions League fate is secure; Liverpool have already secured a top spot in Group B and can rest players for the trip from Porto on Wednesday, November 24th.
This will allow the manager to play a full-fledged team against Arsenal and Southampton, who are also visiting Anfield on Saturday 27 November.
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The Saints are enjoying their own revival near the bottom half of the table, collecting 10 points from their last four Premier League matches.
After the Saints comes one of Liverpool’s biggest fixtures of the season, as they visit Goodison Park to face their old rivals on Wednesday, December 1st.
After their brief trip to Goodison Park, Liverpool go to Wolves on Saturday, December 4 for what promises to be a tough game; Bruno Lage’s side suffered a 2-0 defeat at Crystal Palace in their last game before the international break but took 13 points from their previous five Premier League outings.
Liverpool’s Next 5 Games
- Arsenal (H) – November 20
- Porto (A) – November 24
- Southampton (H) – November 27
- Everton (A) – December 1
- Wolves (A) – December 4th