Warning: Skrtel says Arsenal will have it hard, but he forgets ONE thing

Liverpool defender calls on the club's 12th man to make things difficult for visiting Arsenal on Saturday.

Liverpool and Arsenal introduce the 25th match-day of Premier League football this season and, with the host's campaigning for a strong finish in order to wrap-up Champions League competition next term and the visitor's ambitions to claim an elusive title, the Anfield fixture could be hotly contest.

For Reds defender Martin Skrtel, 29, who makes a defensive contribution (clearances, interceptions, blocks and tackles) once every 5.75 minutes in the league on average this season, Liverpool can make it hard for the division's leaders Arsenal by calling on the club's 12th man - the Kop support - as the Slovakia international vows to perform in front of his own supporters.

'I am confident we can beat Arsenal because we definitely have the strength to do so,' he is quoted by Sky Sports to have said. 'They are the leaders at the moment but we can give them a hard time. It won't be an easy game but I am sure we can do something in front of our fans.'

If Skrtel is banking on the atmosphere generated by Liverpool's fans being ample enough to intimate the Gunners then he may be in for a shock.

Arsene Wenger's side have lost just twice on the road thus far this season in the Premier League and have overall the greatest away record in the division. They have also already come up against one 'Kop' with a raucous support when they traveled to Germany to take on Borussia Dortmund at the Westfalenstadion, a match where - despite the Yellow Wall - they returned to North London with a 1-0 victory.

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