Arsenal frontline will pose stern test for Liverpool

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Another eagerly awaited clash sees Arsenal visit Anfield as tomorrow’s lunchtime visitors.


Much will focus on messrs Dalglish, Clarke and Keen lifting, motivating and being able to retain the focus of the first team squad after last weekends memorable League Cup triumph.

Dalglish will be adamant that there is no over revelling in the sunlight and the team stay focused in their quest for a top four finish and a cup run.


Both the Reds and Gunners enjoyed a marvellous Sunday last weekend. Arsenal are high spirited after a 5-2 hammering of Tottenham.

The manner in which Arsene Wenger’s troops came back from two goals down to steamroll their neighbours will worry Liverpool, but it is uncertain which of Arsenal team will turn up – the unbeatable, free flowing whirlwind, or the slumbering snowball full of defensive potholes and frailties.


In Martin Skrtel and the injured Daniel Agger, Liverpool boast a defensive duo that would have George Graham drooling.

Agger’s broken rib at Cardiff rules him out and Steven Gerrad is also a major doubt after pulling out in the first half of England’s friendly against Holland in midweek. Jamie Carragher will take over Agger’s vacant slot for the next few games.


The much maligned Jordan Henderson and Charlie Adam will most likely start in midfield. Henderson is suffering from a lack of confidence but the backing and belief of the majority of Liverpool fans and Dalglish’s nurturing will see him come good.

I was saying the very same thing years ago when Lucas was being strung up and slated as not being good enough. The young Wearsider has the talent, energy and all round athleticism to fulfil his early potential as one of England’s best midfield prospects.

It will be at least another year before the real Jordan Henderson shines through. Until then, it’s all about backing, supporting and encouraging the young schemer. He is after all an investment and asset worth almost £20 million.


An improving Stewart Downing and League Cup final star Dirk Kuyt will supply the ammunition from the flanks for the Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll partnership up front.

Speaking to, Kuyt said: "I'm still feeling very good. I've been in London for a couple of days because obviously we played the final on Sunday and then on Wednesday I played the friendly against England.

"It was great to be there, but it's even better to come back. I've still got a great feeling, not only me but all of the team. It gave us a great buzz and everyone is looking forward to the weekend.

"The mood coming back to Melwood was obviously very good. We were all in touch by phone and texts, but it's good to see each other again and the mood in the dressing room is very good.

"We were all delighted to get the trophy, we were all desperate to win one and hopefully we can win one more."

Arsenal will be without the injured Tomas Rosicky who picked up a back injury during the annihilation of Spurs during the north London derby.

The resurgent playmaker has started to show glimpses of the pre injury form that marked him out as one of Europe’s premier midfielders.

The Gunners midfield is further weakened by the absences of Jack Wilshere, Abou Diaby and Aaron Ramsey through injury and Per Mertesacker has joined Sebastian Squillaci and Andre Santos on the defensive casualties list.


However it is up front that Wenger’s sharpshooters pose the biggest threat. Robin Van Persie has been the best player in the league this season and his link up with Theo Walcott, Yossi Benayoun and ex-Evertonian Mikel Arteta will be Arsenal’s best hope for a result.

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