Liverpool v Arsenal: Match Preview

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Liverpool v Arsenal; Anfield; Premier League; Saturday 3 March 2012, 12:45

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Kenny Dalglish will be without Daniel Agger who suffered a cracked rib in last weekend's Carling Cup final victory over Cardiff, so Liverpool vice-captain Jamie Carragher is expected to return to the starting line-up.

The Reds are also assessing the hamstring problem which forced Steven Gerrard off early in the international friendly between England and Holland at Wembley on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Arsenal will give late fitness tests to captain Robin van Persie (groin) and Thomas Vermaelen (ankle) who both picked up injuries on international duty in midweek.

Thomas Rosicky (groin) is also a doubt for the Anfield trip, while Aaron Ramsey is definitely missing with an ankle injury.

Jenkinson relishing Anfield clash

Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson is looking forward to facing Liverpool at Anfield this weekend - a ground which holds a lot of significance for the club.

The 20-year-old grew up a passionate Gunners fan, and so is relishing the opportunity to turn out against a side he made his Premier League debut for Arsene Wenger's side back in August.

"Anfield is known around the world for its fans and I am sure it is going to be a fantastic stadium to play in," Jenkinson told the club's official website.

"It is a very traditional stadium with a lot of history to it and Arsenal have a lot of good memories there, like winning the title in 1989. It will be fantastic for me to get out there and play."

Jenkinson feels he has matured a great deal since his last appearance against Kenny Dalglish's men, which resulted in a 2-0 defeat for the 10-man Gunners at the Emirates Stadium.

"I feel like I have matured a lot on the football field," he added. "As a young player it is only natural to feel that the more minutes you get under your belt, the more you will adapt and show what you can do.

"That game at home to Liverpool seems like a long time ago now. It was a disappointing day all around. It was a game I didn't think we deserved to lose.

"I am as hungry as anybody to make sure we turn the tables at their place. I am really looking forward to Saturday and getting out there at Anfield."

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