29 January 2013

Liverpool vs Arsenal preview

By Eamonn Lavery

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says his side need to "do better" against teams in the top half of the league in the second half of the season, after they have been struggling against the Premier League's better sides up until this point.

In fact, so far this season the Reds have not won one match against a team who are currently in the top half of the league.

They travel to London on Wednesday to face an Arsenal team who are also having a difficult season, in what is sure to be a fascinating encounter.

Where Liverpool have struggled against top half opposition, Arsenal have been wildly inconsistent, and have won fewer league matches at this stage of the season than at any point under Arsene Wenger.

Both teams will be happy to go into the tie with few injury worries. Joses Reina and Enrique, and Glen Johnson all return for Liverpool, and Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen is back in contention after an ankle injury.

Last time out in the league, Arsenal scored 4 goals in a spectacular second half 10 minute period, and with Giroud starting to find some form they can be a real handful going forward. Judging by this season, though, Arsenal can be ruthless in one match, and completely impotent the next, and Liverpool will certainly be hoping for the latter.

The Merseysiders will be hoping that they, too, return to the form that saw them thrash Norwich 5-0 on their last league outing, They will be wanting to forget their more recent result at Oldham that saw them dumped out of the FA Cup as quickly as possible.

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