Both teams were expecting to challenge for the Premier League title this season – but as Liverpool lie in 11th place, and Arsenal in sixth – their championship aspirations look already to be over.
Laurent Koscielny, Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere and Mesut Özil are ruled out through injury whilst Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott will have late fitness tests to assess their fitness.
Liverpool forward Mario Balotelli will also miss Sunday’s fixture as he serves a one-match ban for posting a controversial image on his Instagram account.
KICK-OFF: Sunday, 4pm
PAST THREE MEETINGS…
Arsenal 2 (Oxlade-Chamberlain, Podolski) Liverpool 1 (Gerrard), FA Cup, February 2014
Liverpool 5 (Skrtel 2, Sterling 2, Sturridge) Arsenal 1 (Arteta), Premier League, February 2014
Arsenal 2 (Cazorla, Ramsey) Liverpool 0, Premier League, November 2013
This fixture has seen the most hat-tricks in Premier League history – Robbie Fowler x2, Peter Crouch, Andrey Arshavin and Thierry Henry were the scorers.
There have been two or more goals in this fixture in the last 23 meetings.
Arsenal have scored in all but one Premier League match this season.
Liverpool are 12 points worse off than they were at the same stage last season.
Liverpool have won just two of the last 14 Premier League meetings against Arsenal.
Xavi's ultimate UK first-XI
Xavi's ultimate UK first-XI
1/11 Fraser Forster
England goalkeeper impressed Xavi during meetings with Celtic
2/11 Rio Ferdinand
'He is so strong but he can play', said Xavi
3/11 Sol Cambell
Headed goal for Arsenal in 2006 final against Barcelona 'summed up the player he is'
4/11 John Terry
5/11 Ryan Giggs
Xavi was impressed Giggs' congratulated him when he surpassed the Manchester United legend's number of Champions League appearances
6/11 Paul Scholes
'Technically the best English player since Matt Le Tissier'
7/11 Paul Gascoigne
'Was a natural genius'
8/11 Frank Lampard
Xavi impressed by technique and goal scoring record
9/11 Steven Gerrard
'Has every attribute you need to be a Barcelona player'
10/11 Theo Walcott
Barcelona couldn't handle his pace
11/11 Wayne Rooney
'One of the best players in the world'
Liverpool to win: 2.88
Arsenal to win: 2.64
Liverpool 4 Arsenal 4, April 2009 - A stunning four-goal haul by Andrey Arshavin delivered a killer blow to Liverpool’s title ambitions in a thriller at Anfield in 2009. The result saw Liverpool top the Premier League on goal difference with eventual-winners Manchester United, who had two games in hand with a total of seven to play before the end of the season. Yossi Benayoun and Fernando Torres scored two goals each to salvage a point for the Reds, but they ultimately fell short of United at the end of the season by four points.
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