Michael Owen is predicting a “fabulous” game filled with goals when Liverpool play Arsenal at Anfield on Saturday.
The third weekend of Premier League action sees first take on second after perfect starts for both the Reds and the Gunners, Jurgen Klopp’s side leading the way on goal difference.
Owen says that neither side have looked to be playing at 100 per cent, Liverpool beating Norwich and Southampton while Arsenal have seen off Newcastle and Burnley, and that he is expecting his old side to come out on top.
“Something must give at Anfield on Saturday night as the only two sides with unblemished league records go head-to-head,” Owen told BetVictor in his column.
“Despite their winning starts, neither team have been at the very top of their game so far this season, but the Reds have scored 22 goals in their last five home league games against the Gunners and I feel we will see plenty of opportunities at both ends.
“Arsenal have not won their opening two league games of the season for a decade and I would be surprised if they were able to land the hat-trick with question marks remaining about the Gunners defensive capabilities. It promises to be a fabulous game, but it is Liverpool to end the weekend top-of-the-table.”
Everyone is expecting Liverpool to be in around the hunt for the Premier League title this season but could Arsenal lay down a marker on Saturday? As Owen says, there are still doubts over just how capable their defenders are this season and they will need to be on top of their game if they are to keep Mohamed Salah and co at bay. On the other hand, there might not be a better time for the Gunners to play the Reds, with Klopp’s men still bedding themselves in after a busy and potentially disruptive start to the season. You would not expect either side to try and play for a draw or to try and compact their opponents – it just is not in their nature. Playing such an open brand of football could come back to bite either side but that is the risk you take against top-quality opposition.