Liverpool entertain Arsenal on Wednesday night in a highly-anticipated Premier League encounter.
The Gunners head into the clash top of the table, two points ahead of Leicester City and three clear of many people’s pre-season title favourites Manchester City.
Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool are some way behind suggesting that this season’s title race is now just a two-horse battle, and this coming month could be critical for Arsene Wenger’ side.
Liverpool, on the other hand, are six points shy of the top four and their current injury crisis has really illustrated the lack of real quality running through their squad.
Two seasons ago the Reds came within a whisker of winning the title and hammered Arsenal 5-1. Now, the roles have reversed and it is the North London side who boast a much better team.
As seen by the graphic above, Liverpool realistically have only three players maximum – available and on current form – who would get anywhere near the side Wenger is likely to field on Wednesday.
The Gunners have a very settled back four, and perhaps Alberto Moreno’s pace and willingness to get forward for the Reds is the only attribute which he has which tops Nacho Monreal.
Aaron Ramsey has been in excellent form of late, although if there is one area to exploit in Arsenal’s best available XI it is the lack of a young, natural holding midfielder.
Francis Coquelin is out injured, therefore Lucas Leiva is probably the most energetic defensive midfielder either team currently possess which is not in the treatment room.
Mesut Ozil, Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud have an abundance of goals and assists between them, far more than Liverpool trio Adam Lallana, Roberto Firmino and Christian Benteke.
But if there is one attacking player at Anfield who can hold their head up high this season, then it is Brazil international Philippe Coutinho as he has five league goals and three assists thus far.
Despite being at home, Jurgen Klopp’s side will start the match as the so-called underdogs and with so many players missing a draw would represent a good result on the night.