Because the previous saying goes, to be able to turn out to be one of the best it’s important to beat one of the best.
Expectations have been excessive when Arsenal have been of their pomp within the late 1990s and early 2000s, as Freddie Ljungberg as soon as defined.
Speaking to The Coaches Voice, he recalled: “A couple of week after I joined [in 1998], I bear in mind [former Gunners assistant] Pat Rice stated to me: ‘Simply so we’re clear, what’s demanded at this membership is that we win a trophy, trophy, yearly.’”
And in these days a visit to Liverpool was a relative formality for Arsenal. They went on an eight-match unbeaten run in opposition to the Reds between 2001-04, together with two wins and a draw at Anfield.
However anybody who’s been into soccer lengthy sufficient is aware of the sport is cyclical and it was nigh on unattainable for Arsenal to not progress as soon as they achieved invincible standing within the 2003/04 season.
The second half of the 00s noticed Liverpool overtake Arsenal after which the primary few years of the 2010s largely noticed the north Londoners end above the Merseysiders.
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However Liverpool have been in a significantly better place in current seasons, turning into one of many large hitters of the Premier League and Europe, whereas Arsenal have gone backwards to a stage that they skilled pre-Arsene Wenger.
The omens actually recommend Liverpool will breeze to victory over Arsenal once they meet at Anfield on Saturday, stay on talkSPORT. Jurgen Klopp’s aspect have received their final 5 dwelling matches within the Premier League in opposition to the Gunners.
Nonetheless, this one has a barely totally different really feel to it with Liverpool trying rocky of their final outing as they succumbed to defeat at West Ham.
In the meantime, Arsenal are the shape aspect of the division having gone eight unbeaten, which is the longest unbeaten run any aspect within the Premier League is at present on.
Since their 5-Zero thumping at Manchester Metropolis, which left them backside of the league, Arsenal have shot up the desk with six wins and two attracts.
The naysayers will level out that an out-of-form Leicester has been their greatest scalp of this run however a win at Anfield, albeit in opposition to a probably injury-stricken Liverpool aspect, would put Arsenal within the prime 4.
And extra importantly, it could ship a powerful message to the remainder of the groups that the tide could also be turning again in Arsenal’s favour.
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