This is why Liverpool could struggle in Sunday showdown v Arsenal
COMMENT By Harvey Byrne
Liverpool travel to Arsenal for their mouthwatering Premier League opener on Sunday – and history is not in favour of the visitors.
Football Insider has looked at past records relating to the two sides and it doesn’t read well for the Anfield club.
Jurgen Klopp’s side have only won one of their last 10 matches against the north London club and have not won at Arsenal’s home ground for five years.
With the match also being hosted at the Emirates it brings more bleak reading with Liverpool last beating Arsenal away in August 2011 with a 2-0 victory thanks to an own goal from Aaron Ramsey and a strike from former star striker Luis Suarez.
Klopp lead his former Borussia Dortmund side up against Arsene Wenger six times, but he only came away with victory twice with the French manager claiming victory three times.
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Wenger had a good record against the top four clubs last season, where Klopp will be aiming to take his Liverpool side.
The Gunners defeated Leicester twice, while beating Manchester City once and earning a draw to go alongside two draws against north London rivals Tottenham.
However, Sadio Mane, who’s expected to lead the line against the north London club on Sunday, does have an excellent record against the Gunners.
The Senegal international has started four times against the Emirates club and he has been on the winning side on each occasion even getting on the score sheet twice.
The Gunners are expected to lineup with inexperienced pair Rob Holding and Calum Chambers at the heart of their defence and Mane’s eyes could be glowing at the prospect of facing the two youngsters.
Klopp has added five senior players to his squad this summer, which includes Mane, Joel Matip and Georginio Wijnaldum, while Wenger has added just Granit Xhaka to his side.
In the other Liverpool team news, Jamie Carragher has called on Klopp to sign a new left-back.