Five Players Who Will Be Key in Liverpool v Arsenal

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Liverpool and Arsenal will face each other on March 4 in what promises to be a very exciting and intriguing Premier League game. The encounter at Anfield should have a few goals and will be very important in the terms of the title race and the quest to end up in the top four.

A number of top-quality players will be on show at Anfield. If you are one lucky enough to have a ticket then you would witness one of the games of the season. In fact, they're selling fast and some have already sold out - check out TicketGum to see what's available. When the two sides locked horns with each other earlier in the campaign there were as many seven goals. There could be as many or even more at Anfield in March.

Below we take a look at five players who will be key in deciding the outcome of the Premier League encounter between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield.

Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool)

Philippe Coutinho is one of the best players in the Premier League, and having signed a new long-term deal, the Brazil international will be determined to take his game to a new level in the final weeks of the season. The 24-year-old attacking midfielder - who can also operate as a winger - is a hugely creative footballer and is a FM player’s dream, and he will be crucial in breaching the Arsenal citadel.

Mesut Ozil (Arsenal)

Mesut Ozil is one of the best and most creative footballers, and the Arsenal star will play a key role in the final months of the season. The 28-year-old attacking midfielder can unlock any tight defence with a pass, and given Liverpool’s vulnerability at the back, he will be relishing the chance to create mayhem at Anfield. The Germany international’s performances this season have been mixed, and he will have to bring his A game against Liverpool.

Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal)

Alexis Sanchez is arguably the best player on the books of Arsenal at the moment and a world-class footballer. The Chile international forward, who is the 10th most expensive player on Football Manager 2017, lives and breathes football, and playing against a top team such as Liverpool is only going to fire him up even more. The key to a strong performance from the 28-year-old is to keep him fresh, and manager Arsene Wenger will be looking to do just that. Liverpool could pay extra attention to the Chilean, but the former Barcelona star has more than enough quality to overcome the hurdles.

Loris Karius/Simon Mignolet (Liverpool)

Given that Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has deployed both Loris Karius and Simon Mignolet in the Premier League, it is hard to predict which one of them will be in goal against Arsenal. Whoever it is, he will have to be on top of his game and have to maintain concentration throughout the 90 minutes. Karius or Mignolet will be expected to make a number of saves given the attacking propensity of Arsenal.

Granit Xhaka (Arsenal)

Signed from Borussia Monchengladbach in the summer of 2016, Granit Xhaka has proven to be something of a mixed bag. The 24-year-old has been shown red cards on two occasions already in the Premier League this season, but he has also been solid in the defensive midfield department. Winning the midfield battle will be key in the match between Liverpool and Arsenal, and Xhaka will be the main man for Arsenal in this department.



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Liverpool and Arsenal will face each other on March 4 in what promises to be a very exciting and intriguing Premier League game. The encounter at Anfield should have a few goals and will be very important in the terms of the title race and the quest to end up in the top four.
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