As we head towards Arsenal’s game at Anfield, there has been much talk about the Gunner’s defence, but what about Liverpool’s that has actually conceded twice as many goals in their two league matches as Unai Emery’s men?
There is, of course, no denying Liverpool’s quality and before I start I should admit that, like most Arsenal fans, while I’m cautiously optimistic ahead of the Anfield showdown, I won’t be at all surprised to see us lose badly.
That being said, Liverpool’s defence v Arsenal’s attack of Aubameyang, Lacazette and Pepe, probably won’t be much of a fair fight. As fair as their attacking trio against ours, I guess, although without Mustafi and Lichtsteiner in the starting lineup, we’re already better than we were last season when we lost 5-1.
Liverpool are not.
Liverpool, like Arsenal, have six points from a possible six. They’ve faced Norwich and Southampton, scoring six but conceding two. They’ve also allowed 26 shots across those two games, that’s around twice the rate they were conceding shots last season when they had the meanest defence in the league.
In the Supercup, Chelsea managed another 20.
Even if you look at their pre-season fixtures, which are barometers of little, they only kept one cleansheet (against Tranmere).
Liverpool will have Adrian in goal instead of Alisson against Arsenal and for the next five or six weeks. And he’s already made one big mistake that left Liverpool jittery as they closed out a game. “How is he going to react to the mistake – I think that is more important than the mistake itself,” said Georginio Wijnaldum, .
“Of course it is different,” he said of Adrian over Alisson. “He is just in for not even two weeks, so we have to get used to each other.”
Hopefully, they haven’t yet managed that by the time Arsenal arrive in town on Saturday. It has, after all, been seven embarrassing years since we last won up there.
That needs to change…
Arsenal, for the record, have conceded 27 shots in their two games.