Liverpool vs. Arsenal: Highlighting Key Players for Each Team

Jeremy FuchsCorrespondent IIISeptember 1, 2012

STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND - AUGUST 26:  Lukas Podolski of Arsenal runs with the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Stoke City and Arsenal at the Britannia Stadium on August 26, 2012 in Stoke on Trent, England.  (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
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Liverpool takes on Arsenal on Sunday in what should be a great match. Liverpool is coming off a draw against Manchester City, while Arsenal is coming off two straight draws.

All-time, Arsenal takes the crown, beating or tying Liverpool in nine of the last 10 matches.

Which players will be key for each team? We'll tell you below.


Lukas Podolski

Arsenal needs someone to step up now that Robin van Persie is gone. That person could be Podolski. The 27-year-old is a proven goal scorer, with over 100 in his club career and almost 50 for the German national team.

Podolski hasn't hit the net yet this season, but Liverpool's suspect defense might give him more opportunities. With a little bit more time with his teammates, this could be Podolski's breakout game. 

He is technically sound and has enough to speed to blow by the defense. He could net a goal on Sunday.


Thomas Vermaelen

Arsenal's best defender, Thomas Vermaelen will have his hands full with Luis Suarez. Suarez is Liverpool's best scorer, and he will be asked to take plenty of chances. Vermaelen will have to be at his best.

We know that Vermaelen is quick with the ball; he'll need to be tomorrow. Arsenal hasn't let up a goal yet, and Vermaelen is a big reason why.

If Vermaelen can shut down Suarez, it will go a long way towards Arsenal winning.


Pepe Reina

Reina would probably like a do-over to this season. In two games, he's faced nine shots. Five of those have seen the back of the net.

Of course, it's not all Reina's fault, as the defense in front of him has not been good.

Still, this is uncharacteristic of Reina, and he'll need to pick it up if Liverpool wants to win.

Arsenal will undoubtedly test him early and often. One early goal let up, and it could be a wave of scoring for the Gunners.


Raheem Sterling

He may not start, but Sterling has been impressive so far this season. He has plenty of speed and is a terrific ball-handler. He adds a new dimension to the attack. And remember, he's only 17.

The Arsenal defense has to account for Sterling. If they don't, Sterling could have a big game. He's young, but he's filled with talent and should handle himself well against the Gunners.