Liverpool FC meets Arsenal on August 24, 2019, at Anfield as the English Premier League continues its 2019-20 season
Liverpool finished the previous term in second place but if there was any consolation in finishing behind Manchester City, it was the fact that the Reds’ 97 points total was a Premier League record for a second-placer. Certainly, that total would have won the EPL but not the last term. Liverpool is one of the most popular and successful English football clubs ever. They have won a total of three UEFA Cups, three UEFA Super Cups, 18 League titles, a record 8 League Cups and Seven FA Cups. Liverpool has also earned 15 FA Community Shields and one Football League Super Cup. Under Jurgen Klopp, they have made back to back trips to the Champions League final and last season, they defeated Tottenham 2-0 to win the 2019 UEFA Champions League Final. The soccer betting odds for this match aren’t up yet but Liverpool should be the favorites here.
Here is Liverpool’s squad, updated as of July 15, 2019:
1 GKAlisson Becker, 2 DF Nathaniel Clyne, 3 MF Fabinho, 4 DF Virgil van Dijk (third-captain), 5 MF Georginio Wijnaldum (fourth-captain), 6 DF Dejan Lovren, 7 MF James Milner (vice-captain), 8 MF Naby Keïta, 9 FW Roberto Firmino, 10 FW Sadio Mané, 11 FW Mohamed Salah, 12 DFJoe Gomez, 14 MFJordan Henderson (captain), 15 MF Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 20 MF Adam Lallana, 22 GK Simon Mignolet, 23 MF Xherdan Shaqiri, 24 FW Rhian Brewster, 26 DF Andrew Robertson, 27 FW Divock Origi, 32 DF Joel Matip, 40 MF Ryan Kent, 47 DF Nathaniel Phillips, 48 MF Curtis Jones, 53 MF Ovie Ejaria, 58 MF Ben Woodburn, 59 MF Harry Wilson, 62 GK Caoimhin Kelleher, 66 DF Trent Alexander-Arnold, 68 MF Pedro Chirivella, 72 DF Sepp van den Berg, FW Taiwo Awoniyi
Liverpool vs Arsenal 8/24/19 EPL
Betting Odds Not Yet Available as of 8/5/19
Arsenal is the first club from South of England to join the Football League. They hold the current longest streak in top-flight football as they have only been relegated once in 1913 since reaching the First Division in 1904. Arsenal finished 5th in the 2019 Premier League final table and lost to Chelsea in the Europa League final. From late August to mid-December last season, they went 22 games without losing a match. Overall, they have won a total of 13 League titles, 15 Community Shields, 13 FA Cups, 1 League Centenary Trophy 1 UEFA Cup Winners Cup and 1 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup.
Here is Arsenal’s roster as of July 25, 2019:
1 GK Bern Leno, 2 DF Hector Bellerin, 4 MF Mohamed Elneny, 5 DF Sokratis Papastathopoulus, 6 DF Laurent Koscielny (captain), 7 MF Henrikh Mkhitaryan, 8 MF Dani Ceballos, 9 FW Alexandre Lacazette, 10 MF Mesut Ozil, 11 MF Lucas Torreira, 14 FW Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 15 MF Ainsley Maitland-Niles, 16 DF Rob Holding, 17 FW Alex Iwobi, 18 DF Nacho Monreal, 20 DF Shkodran Mustafi, 21 DF Calum Chambers, 24 FW Reiss Nelson, 25 DF Carl Jenkinson, 26 GK Emiliano Martinez, 27 DF Konstantinos Mavropanos, 28 MF Joe Willock, 29 MF Matteo Guenduozi, 30 FW Eddie Nketiah, 31 DF Sead Kolasinac, MF Emile Smith Rowe, 33 GK Matt Macey, 34 MF Granit Xhaka, 35 FW Gabriel Martinelli, FW Takuma Asano
Liverpool is most probably the only team in the Premier League that is capable of denying Manchester United a league hat-trick. Remember that their 97 points last season would have been good enough to win 116 out of the 119 Premier League seasons. This team has improved each year under Jurgen Klopp and so far there have been no major additions. But why fix something that isn’t broke? Klopp’s game plan is to improve on last season and make the most out of his talented, young but experienced lineup.
On and off the field, Liverpool is an established unit. There is really no need to change course as last season’s compact midfield, elite protection defense and overall consistency were already impressive. Now if only Van Dijk extends his contract at Anfield, Klopp’s defense will be safe as their offense is after new lucrative contracts for the likes of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mané, Roberto Firmino, Robertson, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez.
While Liverpool was 2nd during the previous term, Arsenal was 5th. The Gunners went on a 14-game unbeaten streak in December. However, they finished the season with four losses in their last seven matches. That’s the kind of consistency that has hounded them in recent years.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is coming off a season where he shared the Golden Boot with Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah. Arsenal’s hopes lie in his ability to find the back of the net and him being able to play well alongside Alexander Lacazette. William Saliba is their biggest acquisition this summer but he will play for Saint-Etienne on a loan this coming season.
Overall, I think Liverpool has the superior manpower and they have the better shot at winning this contest. Prediction: Liverpool