Brendan Rodgers
Liverpool boss Rodgers will miss two big players, Steven Gerrard and Martin Skrtel against Arsenal due to suspension.Reuters

When Liverpool travel to the Emirates stadium on Saturday to take on Arsenal, it is a no-brainer, the Reds need to find a way to take three points away from the Gunners to pose a top four challenge.

Arsenal presently lie at the third position of the EPL with 60 points, just a point behind second place Manchester City, so the game is crucial for the Gunners as well, who can go into the second place if the Citizens lose (provided Arsenal also win) against Crystal Palace.

The game is expected to be a humdinger with both teams having shown some exceptional form of late. Liverpool have only suffered a single defeat in the last six games, while Arsenal have been even better with 18 points from 6 matches.

The Reds suffered a defeat to Manchester United in their last fixture 2-1, which has resulted in a five-point gap between the Reds and Red Devils. 

The Reds need to put their defeat aside and concentrate on this massive game at the Emirates, but it is not going to be an easy one against the in-form Arsenal side.

Arsene Wenger wants to focus on the run until the end of the league.

"We have the aspiration to win the next game and that's quite good enough," he said. "After that, win the next one," EPL official website quoted Wenger as saying.

"Whatever is mathematically possible you have to try to achieve but that doesn't depend only on us. What does only depend on us in the final run is our performances and our results, so let's focus on that."

"After that if everything goes for us, you never know, but you can only master your own performances so let's focus on that and be realistic and continue to earn the right to win the games. That's what we want."

The Reds are expected to make life tough for the Gunners, with Jordan Henderson-led side comprising players such as Raheem Sterling and Phillipe Coutinho, who have been in prime form this season.

Brendan Rodgers has received some good news with the injury of Adam Lallana and Daniel Sturridge, who could be available for the clash at the Emirates, though Steven Gerrard would miss out after his red card against Manchester United.

They would have to reshuffle their defense as well, as their key central defender, Martin Skrtel will also miss the game after he was found guilty of stamping Manchester United goalie in their last game.

However, Lucas Leiva might return against Arsenal after a long absence. Liverpool need to get back to their winning ways if they are to fight for the prestigious European spot.

Where to Watch Live

The EPL match is scheduled for 5:15pm IST (11:45am GMT, 7:45am ET), start with live coverage in India on Star Sports 4 and Star Sports 4 HD in India. The game can also be watched via live streaming online in India on

The match can be watched Live in the UK on BT Sport 1, with live streaming option on BT Sports Online.

Catch the game Live in the US on NBSCN, while the action can also be live streamed online on NBC Sports Extra

Viewers in Malaysia and Philippines can watch it Live on Astron Supersport and beIN Sports 3 Premier League HD respectively.

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