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Psychological games have been few and far between in the build up to this clash.
Arsene Wenger moved to put the past behind him and tried not to antagonize Liverpool any further when he said at his pre-match press conference, per Sky Sports, there was no chance of the Gunners putting in a renewed bid for Luis Suarez.
Wenger said, "he was never our player, it is a situation that didn't come off and that is it." Arsenal bid £40 million plus 1 for Suarez during the summer.
When asked if the Gunners might revisit the deal again, he added: "At the moment no, no."
Brendan Rodgers, on the other hand, quite rightly ruled his own team out of the title race, per Sky Sports. He did, however, clarify that the title was his team's ultimate ambition though.
Well it's certainly the objective. (Winning the Premier League) I think that the position we've been in for most of the season means that we're fighting and we're up there.
We want to finish as high as we possibly can, but certainly being in that top four is a key objective for us.
It doesn't mean that we're any less ambitious.
Both managers know that this game will be hugely defining for their respective seasons. Both teams have been playing above themselves all year and their rivals are snapping at their heels.
One slip up and all that good work put in since last July will be for nothing.
When the two teams last met, the Gunners ran out easy 2-0 winners. They had a rampant Aaron Ramsey to thank that day. This time around their central midfield area will be populated by players who have only just recovered from injuries. Mikel Arteta and Jack Wilshere are expected to start with perhaps Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain making an appearance at some stage.
Neither Arteta nor Wilshere are the most mobile of players and Liverpool will look to exploit this apparent weakness through the continuous running of Jordan Henderson and the probing of Philippe Coutinho. Steven Gerrard is likely to take a close eye on Mesut Ozil and Wilshere and neither will intimidate the Anfield great.
Wenger will stick with his tried and trusted 4-2-3-1 formation, so it will be interesting to see if Rodgers ventures away from the 4-3-3 that has served him so well of late. The ex-Swansea City boss is not afraid to make tactical changes. The one thing he must not do, however, is to allow Arsenal to overload central midfield.
Should this happen, the game is as good as over.
Looking at Arsenal's fitness problems, it would come as no surprise to see the Gunners go for the game right from the start as Liverpool wait patiently to hit them as the game wears on.
This will be a tactical battle to enjoy, and Wenger and Rodgers had better bring their A-game or their season could suffer.