Liverpool vs. Arsenal Preview: 6 Key Battles in This High Stakes Game

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Liverpool vs. Arsenal Preview: 6 Key Battles in This High Stakes Game
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Liverpool and Arsenal are two of the greatest teams in English football, and though both are still big clubs, they are not challenging for the Premiership title and a fourth-place finish would satisfy both clubs this season.

The Gunners had a terrible start earlier in the season after losing to the Reds at the Emirates in the second league game of the season but have since done decently to currently stand in fourth place. Reds have been inconsistent this season but have shown glimpses of their quality and have the ammunition required to string a set of good results from now till the end of the season. 

Both teams are coming on a high after winning their previous games, both of which were significant for either club. Liverpool beat Cardiff City on penalties to end their trophy drought, which will provide them great impetus as they push on to secure a Champions League berth.

Arsenal, on the other hand, handed out a memorable thrashing to their arch-rivals Tottenham and will be on top of their game as they look to build on that crucial win. This game is crucial for both teams, and a bad result could shatter their confidence, stressing the importance for either team to continue their good form.

Liverpool would have been worried by the substitution of Steven Gerrard after around 30 minutes in the game between England and Netherlands. Their inspirational captain was substituted due to a knock but could still take part in this important game against the Gunners. However, Daniel Agger is likely to miss out, which is a worry for the Reds as he has been very solid alongside Martin Skrtel this season. The good news for Liverpool is that they do have Jamie Carragher who can provide immense leadership at the back in the absence of the Dane, and Liverpool will be confident of securing all three points at home against the Gunners.

Arsenal are also likely to be confident of their own quality going into this match. They were not at their best in the first half hour of the game against Spurs but were rampant after that, and it was the sort of performance which could reignite their season after the disappointments in the Champions League and the FA Cup. With Robin van Persie spearheading the team, they can be sublime at their best and do have the quality to trouble Liverpool's defense, which is why they will relish the challenge of meeting the Reds at this time in the season.

It should be an enthralling contest with two quality teams focused on winning the game, which is crucial to both clubs. The Gunners and the Reds are currently separated by seven points (though Liverpool have a game in hand) and this result could prove to be pivotal as to where these two teams will finish at the end of the season.

There will be many individual battles that could play a major part in deciding the outcome of the game, and here are six contests which are very important in this fixture.

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