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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
  • Johnson G 2 Johnson G
  • Skrtel 37 Skrtel
  • Toure K 4 Toure K
  • Manquillo 19 Manquillo
  • Henderson 14 Henderson
  • Gerrard 8 Gerrard
  • Lucas 21 Lucas
  • Lambert 9 Lambert
  • Allen 24 Allen
  • Sterling 31 Sterling

Team taken from Liverpool vs Ludogorets (UEFA Champions League) on Wednesday 26th November 2014

  • Martinez 26 Martinez
  • Chambers 21 Chambers
  • Mertesacker 4 Mertesacker
  • Monreal 18 Monreal
  • Gibbs 3 Gibbs
  • Arteta 8 Arteta
  • Oxlade-Chamberlain 15 Oxlade-Chamberlain

  • Ramsey 16 Ramsey
  • Cazorla 19 Cazorla
  • Alexis 17 Alexis
  • Sanogo 22 Sanogo

Team taken from Arsenal vs Borussia Dortmund (UEFA Champions League) on Wednesday 26th November 2014

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Barclays Premier League

Barclays Premier League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Chelsea 12 32
2 Southampton 12 26
3 Manchester City 12 24
4 Manchester United 12 19
5 Newcastle United 12 19
6 West Ham United 12 18
7 Swansea City 12 18
8 Arsenal 12 17
9 Everton 12 17
10 Tottenham Hotspur 12 17
11 Stoke City 12 15
12 Liverpool 12 14
13 West Bromwich Albion 12 13
14 Sunderland 12 13
15 Crystal Palace 12 12
16 Aston Villa 12 12
17 Hull City 12 11
18 Leicester City 12 10
19 Burnley 12 10
20 Queens Park Rangers 12 8