Sokratis says Arsenal may find Liverpool easier to defend against than Burnley

Sokratis believes Liverpool will be easier to cope with than Burnley

Arsenal and Liverpool's seasons have got off to the perfect starts.

Both sides have won their first two Premier League games and they will put their unbeaten records on the line when they come face-to-face at Anfield on Saturday.

It's a game that Gunners fans dread, especially after Liverpool thrashed Unai Emery's side 5-1 on Merseyside in 2018/19.

The season before that, Jurgen Klopp's side ran out 4-0 winners.

So it's no wonder that Arsenal supporters are fearing the worst once again, but Sokratis Papastathopoulos seems quite confident ahead of the big game.

In fact, the Greek defender believes the Gunners' leaky backline may find the Reds easier to cope with than Burnley - who Arsenal beat 2-1 at the Emirates.

"For a defender it is more difficult [to play teams like Burnley] because you have to fight a lot," Sokratis said, per Goal.

“It [Liverpool] is a different game. Maybe it is more easy, because you don’t have to fight a lot - but they also play football.

“If they are on good day and you are having a bad day, it is hard.”

Sokratis in action vs Liverpool

A bold statement to make, one that Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino may be spurred on by.

The trio ran riot in the corresponding fixture last season, with Firmino notching a hat-trick.

Sokratis admits Arsenal made numerous mistakes in that game, but is confident there will be improvement this time around.

“It was not the game to take five goals, [there was] the penalty kicks and we made mistakes,” he added.

Firmino scored a hat-trick vs Arsenal

“I think this year will be different, but we have to improve from the work we do with the coach and his staff.

“We have to be prepare for this game. It will be difficult of course.”

Surely it can't be worse than last time, can it?

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