Liverpool host Arsenal at Anfield this weekend in the first club fixture for both sides following a weekend when both teams were celebrating in a big way—Arsenal first of all dispatched of their local rivals Tottenham Hotspur by five goals to two, having been 2-0 down, while Liverpool captured the first trophy of the season with a Wembley win over Cardiff City in the Carling Cup final.
With both teams flying high on confidence following their respective results, it should be an entertaining, if tense, match at Anfield as both sides know that three big points are up for grabs in the race for a Champions League spot next season.
At present, Arsenal hold fourth place in the Premier League with a seven-point advantage over seventh-placed Liverpool—though the Reds have a game in hand, the re-arranged Merseyside derby against Everton.
A win for the home team this weekend would see them gain valuable ground on the Gunners, while a defeat could quite possibly put an early end to their ambitions of qualifying for next season's premiere European competition.
Here are five things Liverpool will have to do to ensure they overcome Arsenal and put themselves back in the running to finish the season in the top four.