LONDON, Aug 24 (Reuters) - Liverpool host Arsenal in the Premier League on Sunday as Juergen Klopp’s side look to build on their unbeaten start to the new campaign.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Alexis Sanchez will be available for selection for the visit to Anfield, as the Chilean forward continues to be linked with a move away.
Here is what the fans have to say about their respective clubs:
Camelia Abdennbi - Liverpool Supporters Club
“When you’re playing a big team early on in the new Premier League season, it’s a game that could quite easily go either way. I trust that Juergen Klopp will have the team ready for this test against Arsenal despite our Champions League game in midweek.
“I usually don’t predict the score but I’ll go for a 3-2 win this weekend. Our attacking line is on form so I think we will score goals but unfortunately our defence are my biggest concern. They will certainly be tested by the likes of Alexandre Lacazette. “This transfer window has been crazy so far. I am happy with the arrival of Mohamed Salah because I think we needed this style of player who can also finish. “However, I do think we need to bring in some more players in defence and midfield, especially with Adam Lallana out injured and the Philippe Coutinho saga, you can see how thin our bench is. “I think the situation surrounding Coutinho is a sad reflection of what football business has turned into. I hope the transfer window will be closed before the start of the season from next year.
“If Coutinho wanted to go to Barcelona then he should have put this transfer request in earlier. The timing of it was really bad. I’m happy with the club’s response and I really hope they will stick to their word. “I think Olivier Giroud and Lacazette will cause us the biggest problems this weekend. Arsene Wenger is the oldest manager in place and to achieve this in modern football is amazing. I think he has received some unfair comments from his own supporters. “I’m not sure yet whether Liverpool will have the chance to win the title this year. I will wait until the second part of the season to comment. But, let’s be honest, all of the fans will secretly dream that this season is our season to win the Premier League.”
Akhil Vyas - Arsenal Supporters Trust “It’s mad to say this so early on in the season, but even after two matches, this is a huge game. If we lose, we could potentially be six points behind Manchester United. “After our defeat at Stoke, a positive result at Anfield would really help kick our season off. An away win at a big ground like that would be huge for Arsenal. I don’t think I’ve ever been right with my score predictions, but this week I am going for a 2-1 win to Arsenal. “I’m pleased with the two signings Arsene Wenger has made this summer [Alexandre Lacazette and Sead Kolasinac] and I believe they will be fantastic additions to the club. The game away at Anfield could be a chance for Lacazette to really announce himself. “Would I have liked a few more signings? Absolutely. I have concerns about Laurent Koscielny and his injuries, and Per Mertesacker is in his last season. With that in mind, bringing in a big centre back would have been great for this season - also longer term. “The issue we have had this summer is with offloading players. Players like Lucas Perez and Mathieu Debuchy are still on our books and it seems only after we have offloaded them, we will look to bring in. “We’ve obviously got ongoing issues with Alexis Sanchez, but perhaps not quite like the sagas with Countinho or Diego Costa. “It’s very difficult to know what will happen with Sanchez. Will Arsenal insist he is not for sale? If Manchester City come in with an offer of 70 million pounds ($90 million) or more, can Arsenal refuse it? He is available for selection this weekend and I hope he starts. “I still couldn’t say whether this will be the year that Arsenal win the Premier League. Let’s just win on Sunday first, the title is a long way away.”
$1 = 0.7801 pounds Reporting by Claire Bloomfield; Editing by Christian Radnedge