Jamie Redknapp doesn’t expect a repeat of this in Liverpool v Arsenal

Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp looks ahead to Liverpool’s clash with Arsenal at Anfield in the Premier League on Sunday.

Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder and now Sky Sports analyst does not expect Liverpool to be able to repeat their 5-1 mauling of Premier League rivals Arsenal when the duo face each other on Sunday.

The Reds go onto the match with the North Londoners coming off a poor 3-0 defeat at Manchester United and a recent Champions League exit.

The feeling around Anfield is in some contrast to that in the early part of 2014 when Brendan Rodgers’s side hosted the Gunners only two weeks after thrashing Merseyside rivals Everton 4-0.

On that particular occasion, an unforgettable first-half blitz saw the Anfield outfit blow Arsene Wenger’s side away, eventually winning the match with an impressive 5-1 score-line.

The likelihood of a repeat outcome this time around is almost non-existent, a stance Redknapp agrees with as he assesses the absence of Daniel Sturridge and previous Kop hero Luis Suarez.

“Liverpool need a big performance, a game-changing moment in their season, which will leave everyone talking about them as genuine contenders for a top-four finish. A win over Arsenal could do just that,” Redknapp explained to Sky Sports.

“Last season Liverpool won this fixture 5-1. It was one of their best performances in the campaign – but just shows what a difference not having Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez in the team makes. Could you see Liverpool doing that to Arsenal again this season? Absolutely not.”

The Reds currently sit in 11th spot in the Premier League table, five points behind Arsenal and a rather hefty ten points behind rivals Manchester United in third place.

With games against Burnley, Swansea City and Leicester City to follow over the festive period the Merseysiders have an excellent chance to make some ground on the top four.

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