Liverpool midfielder Fabinho believes Sunday’s trip to Arsenal offers Jurgen Klopp’s side a “good opportunity” to close their gap with the teams at the top of the Premier League table.
The Reds can climb into the European places with a win after taking just 10 points from their opening seven games. Klopp’s side have also failed to win either of their last two games after picking up their only wins of the term against AFC Bournemouth and Newcastle United.
Arsenal, on the other hand, cannot climb out of the top two regardless of the home result against Liverpool. The Gunners entered the weekend top of the league with 21 points after a 3-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur, creating a four-point margin over their north London rivals.
Arsenal and Liverpool have lost only once in the Premier League so far this season. But the Reds trail the Gunners by 11 points entering their encounter after four draws, while the north Londoners have won or lost. Arsenal also have the best attack and the best defense.
Mikel Arteta’s men have found the back of the net 20 times and have conceded eight goals in their eight matches so far. Klopp’s, meanwhile, has scored 18 goals in seven games against nine. Only Manchester City (29) had scored more before the weekend’s action.
Fabinho excited about ‘good opportunity’ as Liverpool prepare to visit Arsenal
Fabinho will be hoping to help Liverpool avoid letting Arsenal extend their advantage over the Anfield natives on Sunday. The 28-year-old will also be looking to secure a ninth victory over the Gunners in all competitions. They have beaten Arsenal and Marseille more than any team (8).
Among the Brazilian star’s 28 cap wins against Arsenal, Fabinho took part in three Liverpool wins at the Emirates Stadium. The Reds have also won each of their last two trips 2-0 and sealed a 3-0 victory in 2020/21. He last lost to the Gunners in the Premier League 2-1 in July 2020.
The Liverpool anchor’s successes at the Emirates may explain why Fabinho loves playing at Arsenal. He also sees Sunday’s clash as a chance to show what the Reds can still offer.
“[The] Emirates is a nice place to play and Arsenal, of course, are in a very good moment at the moment, playing very well, winning their games, top of the league,” Fabinho told the Liverpool website.
“It’s also a good chance for us to show that we are Liverpool. We’re still one of the best teams in this league. So, yes, it’s a good chance for us to get the three points and to close the gap on those teams as well.
Fabinho continued to praise Arsenal on their start to the season before hosting Liverpool on Sunday. He added: “In the league, our next two games may be against the two best teams in the league at the moment, Arsenal and Man City.”
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