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1) You were flying before the match against Manchester United, what happened that day and do you think you can get that loss out of the system before our match at the Emirates?

@AnfieldEurope - Well, personally speaking we didnt turn up for the first half an hour, & then events that followed didn't really allow us to get back in the game, Gerrard's Red etc... We were better 2nd half but too little too late. With the international break we lads would have got the defeat against Untied out of there system & be fresh and ready to go tomorrow.

@AnfieldHQ96 - The Manchester United defeat was tough to take, not just because their our arch rivals but because we had hyped the game up so much in terms of we all felt we would walk it at Anfield. I think that may have filtered through to the players as well as for the first 45 minutes we were dreadful. We allowed them too much space to play in and we didn't get anywhere near close to the levels of intensity we have shown in recent weeks. As well as this when we did have the ball we didn't use it well enough at all, and obviously the sending off at the start of the second half killed us a bit, as it was always going to be an uphill battle from there. United deserved the three points on the day. But we have had a long international break and the players will be raring to go again at the Emirates tomorrow.

@Rahulpuri - We were doing so well but I think we psyched ourselves out in that game. First half was dire and really we didn’t show up until we were 2-0 down. Not enough against the bigger sides. I think tomorrow’s game being away from home may help. We probably aren’t expected to do well and maybe that will release some pressure on the team. Maybe wishful thinking as our record at the Emirates is pretty awful.

2) Does a defeat to Arsenal kill off your top four hopes? Or would you still be confident that Arsenal and/or Manchester United would drop enough points before the season end?

@AnfieldEurope - Would depend on the other results this weekend, however a defeat tomorrow would probably kill any little hope we have of a top 4 finish.

@AnfieldHQ96 - I'd pretty much say so yes. We can't afford to lose tomorrow. I think you lot will get top four, and it's pretty much between us and United for 4th, but I wouldn't rule out Spurs yet. No disrespect to Aston Villa but United are at home and expected to beat them, so if we lose to you guys we will find ourselves 8 points behind them with a worse goal difference, and although on paper United have the tougher run in I can't see them dropping too many points given the form they are in, and it seems to have clicked for Van Gaal at the crucial moment unfortunately for us. But we will go to the Emirates tomorrow with belief, I'm going down myself and I believe we are due a result there. We've played well at the Emirates in recent years but haven't taken three points there since 2011, but three points is a must for us as a draw isn't really much use to us especially if United win.

@Rahulpuri - Realistically 9 points off third and 8 points off fourth (if we lose) would probably mean the end of the top four hopes. Man U haven’t been that good this season but to see them blow three games in such a short space seems unlikely. Stranger things have happened but I wouldn’t bet my house on it. Confidence is a strange thing though. If we get a result tomorrow, it could be a springboard.

3) Raheem Sterling has made a lot of headlines of late, what do you make of it all and would you start him tomorrow?

@AnfieldEurope - Yeah, I'd start him but not as a wing back. Long story really, see how it all pans out. Just interesting in him playing at this best tomorrow, right now!

@AnfieldHQ96 - To be honest I'm getting sick of it now. The timing of his recent interview has not helped us in the slightest, 48 hours before one of our biggest games of the season. At the end of the day no player is bigger than the club, and we wont know any more on it until the summer, so it's best to leave it at that for now. In terms of tomorrow I believe he will start yes.

@Rahulpuri - I would start him. In a very attacking role which brings the best from him. Let him run at Arsenal’s rather slow and creaky defence. I think he needs to play and I hope the fans get behind him. He is a Liverpool player and we need to make him feel that way. His headlines are part of football now. Young players always seem to be having their heads turned here and there. Its disappointing but its not something we as fans can do much about.

4) Is there anyone in the Arsenal team that worries you?

@AnfieldEurope - Obviously with Skrtel out our back 3 is weakened. Also Alberto Moreno hasn't been on top form recently. Therefore, Players with pace, Wallcot, Sanchez could do us damage. Also Giroud is also a threat & inform at the moment.

@AnfieldHQ96 - On your day you can tear teams to shreds. Some of the quality you boast in your side can cause us some real problems, especially with their due to be a change in the heart of our defense with Martin Skrtel out. I really rate Santi Cazorla, and I think he has been a revelation for you this season. We have seen a different side to his game, and he has been a key factor in your recent run of form. There's also Ozil, Alexis Sanchez, Ramsey, Giroud. It really depends what Arsenal team turn up, but Cazorla is the one I feel can cause us the most problems.

@Rahulpuri - Sanchez is world class so he would worry most. He has been up and down when I have seen him this season but there is little doubt about his quality. Giroud is someone who gets alot of stick but I worry about him. He is scoring freely and when he is on song is powerful and skillful. He can cause our defence plenty of problems if he has a good day.

5) Mesut Özil is a player that divides opinion, what do you make of his contribution to Arsenal and the Premier League?

@AnfieldEurope - Not much to be honest. At Madrid he was a lot better, beating 3 or 4 players, great with assists & scored a few. However, its not really working for him at Arsenal, is it? Similar story to Di Maria.

@AnfieldHQ96 - I like Ozil. I think when he first arrived he certainly looked like the player we saw at Madrid, but I think the physical demands of the premier league have taken his toll on him. It's not easy making the transition and it doesn't matter how much talent you boast, adjusting to life in the premier league can be a struggle. I think he's starting to settle now though and starting to find his form again. If he can find that consistency he could be a real important player at Arsenal for years to come.

@Rahulpuri - Dunno what to make of him. He had a very poor world cup in a winning side and has not really set the league on fire. Ozil is undoubtably a terrific player but sometimes he finds it so hard to get involved. Maybe the physical side is something he doesn’t fancy, maybe the system isn’t right, Who knows? Its strange he hasn’t been better but he is still world class.

6) Who has been your player of the season to date?

@AnfieldEurope - Compared to last season, nobody really stands out that much. However, Coutinho on his day is world class, but he can have the tendency to drift in & out of games. Also i'd have to mention Emre Can who has been outstanding at centre back for Liverpool.

@AnfieldHQ96 - Probably a toss up between Martin Skrtel and Phillipe Coutinho, considering our season never really got going until December. Both have been in sensational form in recent weeks, and Skrtel with be a real miss tomorrow.

@Rahulpuri - My Liverpool player of the season has been Sakho. Our defence was utterly awful until Rodgers bit into his pride and brought him back into the side. Since then, our defence has been transformed. Sakho doesn’t look like he should breed confidence but there is no doubt his method is effective. He is now beginning to show some of his France form for us and I think can become on the best in the world.

7) Are you in confident mood ahead of the game?

@AnfieldEurope - Quite nervous to be honest mate. Never an easy place to go & get three points. However, the manager & the lads will know what is at stake tomorrow. Really looking forward to the game, be like a Cup final for us!

@AnfieldHQ96 - I am actually yes. I don't think one game (United) should be any reason to panic. We have played well at your place in recent years and haven't got the result, and this really is a massive massive game. We need make our intentions clear from the off, and be consistent with our pressing and our intensity, and hopefully our quality will do the rest. We need three points tomorrow. It will be tough, and we haven't won too many big games away from Anfield under Rodgers, but I feel we've got the capability get a win tomorrow.

@Rahulpuri - The Emirates isn’t a place which breeds confidence for us. 1 win in 11 is pretty pathetic. But we need a response after the United game and I think we will get one. Whether it will be enough for a win, I am not sure but we will play much much better.

8) Any other thoughts?

@AnfieldEurope - The ticket prices at the Emrites are far too high.


Thanks to the guys above for giving their view. It should be an open game of football as Liverpool need to avoid defeat. May the best team win.. if not then hopefully Arsenal can win anyway

More match stuff tomorrow.

  • 15 Sep 2015
    So let me stop reminiscing of days gone by and let me focus on our Welsh wonder. Let me start off by saying that I think it is quite obvious that Aaron Ramsey is better in central midfield. His partnership with Mesut Özil, his running from deep and his underrated ball winning ability makes him a ...Read more