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Anfield (ATT 44,932) 2nd September 2012 - Kick off 13:30 Ref: H Webb

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Liverpool v Arsenal preview

Both clubs looking for a first Premier League win of the season

Last Updated: 31/08/12 4:39pm

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Nuri Sahin: Could make his Liverpool debut against Arsenal on Sunday

Nuri Sahin: Could make his Liverpool debut against Arsenal on Sunday

Liverpool and Arsenal on Sunday lunchtime meet at Anfield when both clubs will be looking for their first Premier League wins of the season and Nuri Sahin could make his debut.

Opta Facts

  • There have been seven 90th minute or later goals scored in the last seven Premier League games between Liverpool and Arsenal and five in the last four.
  • Liverpool have picked up just 19 points in 21 Premier League games in 2012.
  • Arsenal have won just one of their last seven Premier League matches, but five of the other six games have been draws.

Neither side have yet to collect a three-point haul in the wake of eventful summers, which have set both clubs into new eras.

Hosts Liverpool have undergone vast change following the arrival of Brendan Rodgers and their new boss will be keen for a Premier League win after the defeat by West Bromwich Albion and last Sunday's draw with Manchester City.

Meanwhile, a Robin van Persie-less Arsenal, who have also sold Alex Song while Theo Walcott's future was thrown into doubt before the transfer deadline, have yet to score in the top flight since parting with their former captain after stalemates with Sunderland and Stoke City.

Both clubs will therefore be determined to win on Merseyside in a game which can be seen live on Sky Sports HD 1 and it promises to be another engrossing encounter between two of the game's heavyweights.

The potential Liverpool debut of Sahin, who almost joined Arsenal on loan from Real Madrid before instead switching to Anfield, is an added element for this weekend's match amid all the hype regarding the midfielder.

Last season's correlating fixture in March saw Arsenal come from a goal down against the run of play to stun Liverpool with a superb injury-time, volleyed winner from Van Persie.

The Merseysiders' league season subsequently unravelled, costing Kenny Dalglish his job, and remaining players will be keen to settle the score.

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Liverpool defender Daniel Agger is available for Sunday's Premier League clash against Arsenal after serving a domestic suspension.

Sebastian Coates replaced the Dane in last week's draw with Manchester City.

Brazilian midfielder Lucas has been ruled out for two to three months with a thigh injury but Rodgers otherwise has a fully-fit squad.

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Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny returns to the squad for Sunday's Premier League clash with Liverpool.

Koscielny has recovered from a calf injury, but goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny faces a fitness test on his rib problem.

Midfielder Jack Wilshere (ankle) and defender Bacary Sagna (broken leg) continue their rehabilitation.

Previous game's starting line-ups

  • Mignolet 22 Mignolet
  • Can 23 Can
  • Skrtel 37 Skrtel
  • Sakho 17 Sakho

  • Markovic 50 Markovic

  • Henderson 14 Henderson
  • Lucas 21 Lucas
  • Moreno 18 Moreno

  • Coutinho 10 Coutinho
  • Gerrard 8 Gerrard
  • Sterling 31 Sterling

Team taken from Liverpool vs Chelsea (Capital One Cup) on Tuesday 27th January 2015

  • Szczesny 1 Szczesny
  • Chambers 21 Chambers
  • Koscielny 6 Koscielny
  • Monreal 18 Monreal
  • Gibbs 3 Gibbs
  • Flamini 20 Flamini
  • Walcott 14 Walcott

  • Ramsey 16 Ramsey
  • Rosicky 7 Rosicky
  • Ozil 11 Ozil

  • Giroud 12 Giroud

Team taken from Arsenal vs Brighton and Hove Albion (The FA Cup) on Sunday 25th January 2015

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Barclays Premier League

Barclays Premier League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Chelsea 22 52
2 Manchester City 22 47
3 Southampton 22 42
4 Manchester United 22 40
5 Arsenal 22 39
6 Tottenham Hotspur 22 37
7 West Ham United 22 36
8 Liverpool 22 35
9 Swansea City 22 30
10 Stoke City 22 29
11 Newcastle United 22 27
12 Everton 22 23
13 Crystal Palace 22 23
14 West Bromwich Albion 22 22
15 Aston Villa 22 22
16 Sunderland 22 20
17 Burnley 22 20
18 Hull City 22 19
19 Queens Park Rangers 22 19
20 Leicester City 22 17