Date: 24th August 2019 at 1:32pm
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OPINION

Liverpool welcome Arsenal to Anfield on Saturday with the hope of continuing their fine run of form against the Gunners.

Jurgen Klopp’s men are unbeaten against Arsenal in their last eight meetings, and have scored 23 goals in the process – nearly averaging three goals a game against the Londoners.

The two teams are the only sides left with 100% records in the Premier League after only two games and lead the way early on ahead of the likes of Manchester City.

One trend that has caught the eye before the clash, is pundits and journalists picking their combined best sides from both teams.

Kevin Nolan attracted a lot of unwanted attention, with many fans slamming his decision to include Arsenal youngster Joe Willock in the heart of midfield over any Reds’ players.

Another questionable combined side is that of Perry Groves, who decided to exclude Mohamed Salah from his team that he picked on talkSPORT.

“There’s no room for Mo Salah in my team as out of all the big hitters at that football club at the moment he isn’t hitting the heights at the moment – much like the start of last season,” he said.

To say that Salah isn’t hitting the heights of previous seasons after two games is simply ludicrous. Does Groves expect the Egyptian to already have scored a handful of goals despite being marshalled by at least three defensive players each game?

The £200,000-a-week player [Spotrac] has already registered a goal and an assist this season and has averaged 2.5 shots on goal as well as two key passes per game according to WhoScored, surely meaning he has just picked up where he left off in previous seasons.

Salah has won back-to-back Golden Boot awards in the Premier League and to leave an attacking player of that calibre out of your side is simply ridiculous.

Given Groves’ Arsenal connection he could be left with egg his face depending on how Salah performs for Liverpool on Saturday evening.