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Liverpool v Arsenal: Classic encounters

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Liverpool against Arsenal is an encounter steeped in history and, although they may no longer be direct rivals for the league title, it provides more intrigue than many other Premier League fixtures can muster.

Arsene Wenger will take his Gunners to Anfield on Saturday lunchtime, hoping to reinforce a position in the top four, while Liverpool will be riding high after last weekend's Carling Cup win.

There have been numerous barnstorming matches between the two clubs over the years, and GMF picks out five of the finest to have been played out on Merseyside...

Liverpool 0-2 Arsenal - May 26, 1989

This victory for Arsenal was arguably the most iconic in their history, with a last gasp winner from Michael Thomas deciding the destination of the league title on the final day of the season.

Liverpool lead the First Division by three points going into the game, and Arsenal had to win by two goals to ensure the championship would head to Highbury.

Alan Smith gave the Gunners the lead shortly after half-time but, as the minutes ticked away, it appeared Liverpool would hold on to secure a domestic Double.

But, with only 25 seconds remaining, Tomas evaded a challenge from Steve Nicol and slid the ball past an advancing Bruce Grobbelaar to snatch the title in quite sensational fashion.

Liverpool 1-2 Arsenal - October 4, 2003

Perhaps not as memorable as some other matches to feature in this list, but it is a deserving inclusion quite simply for Robert Pires' quite brilliant winner in Arsenal's Invincibles season.

Harry Kewell had given Liverpool an early lead; volleying past Jens Lehmann after collecting a deflected cross from John Arne Riise.

But Arsenal were able to restore parity thanks to an own goal from Reds centre-back Sami Hyypia, who diverted a free-kick from Pires beyond a helpless Jerzy Dudek.

Pires then secured all three points for the Gunners when he curled magnificently into the top corner after receiving the ball from Edu.

Liverpool 2-1 Arsenal - November 28, 2004

Neil Mellor may have failed to realise his potential after progressing through the Liverpool ranks, but he will forever be remembered by Reds fans to this spectacular goal.

Xabi Alonso put the home side in front when he buried past Jens Lehmann, having collected a delicious pass from Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard.

Arsenal did, however, equalise against the run of play - and some goal it was as Patrick Vieira clipped over Chris Kirkland following a sublime passing move.

However, Mellor trumped the strike from the Gunners skipper when he volleyed home from range with virtually the final kick of the game to hand Liverpool all three points.

Liverpool 3-6 Arsenal - January 9, 2007

Arsenal set-up a Carling Cup semi-final clash with Tottenham after storming past Liverpool thanks to four goals from Julio Baptista.

Jeremie Aliadiere opened the scoring, before Robbie Fowler levelled for Liverpool. But Arsenal streaked into a 4-1 half-time lead following a double from Baptista and a goal from Alex Song.

Baptista added another two before the hour mark, while the Brazilian striker also missed a penalty after Sami Hyypia had hauled down Aliadiere.

Steven Gerrard and Hyppia did get Liverpool back into he game somewhat, but Baptista completed the scoring with six minutes remaining to end an embarrassing evening for the home side.

Liverpool 4-4 Arsenal - April 29, 2009

Andrey Arshavin incredibly scored all four of Arsenal's goals in this encounter, although they were unable to prevent Liverpool reclaiming their spot at the top of the Premier League.

The Russian forward put the Gunners ahead shortly before the interval when he finished from a Cesc Fabregas cross, but Fernando Torres and Yossi Benayoun but Liverpool ahead before the hour mark.

But Arshavin scored twice more to put Arsenal ahead once more, firstly firing home after hesitation from Alvaro Arbeloa before finishing from close range after a poor clearance from Fabio Aurelio.

Torres, though, levelled proceedings two minutes later before Arshavin hammered an unstoppable shot past Pepe Reina to give Arsenal the lead in stoppage time.

However, Liverpool were able to secure a dramatic draw when Benayoun scrambled home as the game edged towards a conclusion.

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