After stretching their unbeaten Premier League run to an impressive 10 games against Cardiff, Liverpool will again be looking to avoid defeat when they travel to Arsenal on Sunday for one the toughest tests of their season so far.
The Gunners themselves have been on an eye-catching run of form lately, but faltered to a 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace in their last outing. Many commentators have also pointed out the calibre of opposition that Unai Emery’s side has come up against during their recent run, with no test matching up to the magnitude or quality of Jürgen Klopp’s side.

It looks set to be an exciting game, with the previous meetings between the two sides ending in goal-fests; fans everywhere are relishing the fixture.

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – Sunday, August 27, 2017: Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino scores the first goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

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For Arsenal, the game will potentially be seen as a chance to send a message to the rest of the league, as the Londoners currently form part of the chasing pack who are tucked in just behind leaders Liverpool and Manchester City.

For Liverpool, however, the game should be seen as the opposite. It is not only a good opportunity to lay down a gauntlet to other top four contenders, but it distances them from the chasing pack and gives them vital points in a game where they could easily drop them.

The Reds have already come up against Chelsea, Spurs and Manchester City this season and have picked up five points out of a possible nine – which really isn’t bad going.

Should Klopp’s men pick up three points at The Emirates, that’d see them with seven from a possible 12 points against teams that will likely finish in the top four or five this season.

The old saying goes: beat the dross, win the league. This is partly true.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 27: Sadio Mane of Liverpool celebrates with teammate Xherdan Shaqiri after scoring his team’s fourth goal during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Cardiff City at Anfield on October 27, 2018 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

While beating teams that they are expected to beat this season will undoubtedly help them to maintain their blistering start, having a good record against the teams around them will go more than a long way to helping them go one better than that.

Should Liverpool also start picking off teams around them, they start to distance themselves from any close calls come the end of the season. They will keep pace with Man City who, let’s face it, will just keep winning. Liverpool have got to do the same.

It’s what champions are made of, and having seemingly found a way to beat previously tricky minows and now to win when they’re not at their best, this Liverpool team now needs to build on their solid form against top six sides and turn it into imperious form.

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