Nathaniel Clyne believes Liverpool's pre-match homework on Arsenal can ensure they can walk away with three points from the Emirates tonight.
The trip to north London has typically been a graveyard for the Reds and they've won just one game in 12 attempts away to the Gunners. In the corresponding fixture last season, Arsene Wenger's outfit cruised to a 4-1 victory through an inspired Alexis Sanchez performance.
With both sides having top-four ambitions in the Premier League, the fixture could prove vital in the long-run come May.
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Liverpool have started off the season with two wins against Stoke City and Bournemouth and will be aspiring to continue that success with another victory against Arsenal.
Prior to the clash against Arsenal, Brendan Rodgers' side have been studying their opponents and watched a number of video tapes to suss out the Gunners' style of play.
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And Clyne feels that the lengthy preparation process will give Liverpool the upper hand in the capital.
“You do a lot of homework, watching DVDs of the players you could possibly be coming up against,” the England international told Liverpoolfc.com
“You know how they play – their movement, how they take on players and the positions they take up – so you’re not surprised.
“We know Arsenal’s quality in attack – their team has a lot of star players who can cause problems. We’re going to have to be on the top of our game to try to stop them.
“If you can keep a clean sheet you have always got a chance of picking up maximum points, especially with the players that we’ve got up front.
“We’ve got players that can produce a goal out of nothing. We’re going to try to go there and take the game to them and try to win."
Liverpool have kept two clean sheets from their opening two games and they'll have an even stiffer task to keep Arsenal at bay on Monday night.
Clyne completed a £12.5million move from Southampton this summer and he's already become an invaluable member of Rodgers' side. He's performed boldly at right-back so far for the Reds, displaying both his defensive and attacking credentials.
He completed the second-most tackles last season, with only Nemanja Matic making more, and proved a tricky number for wingers to best. At the Emirates, Clyne will have the task of marking Sanchez and it will be an intriguing pairing to witness.
The 24-year-old will also want to get forward throughout the match. Rodgers is keen for his full-backs to surge forward and contributing on the attack and that is indeed where Clyne thrives.
“I’ve always got the licence to go forward and help my team in attack," Clyne added.
“That’s what I like doing and if there’s an opportunity for me to get forward, I’ll get forward and try to put balls into the box and get a goal.”
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