Final season’s conflict — which began so promisingly with Arsenal taking the lead after 11 minutes — resulted in one of the humiliating defeats of the season, as Liverpool humbled its opponent 5-1.
Emery joked final weekend that he does not “wish to play in opposition to Liverpool ever” however insisted his workforce is “motivated” to avenge that defeat.
Arsenal has began this marketing campaign in stable — if not spectacular — model, recording slim wins over Newcastle and Burnley to safe the membership’s finest begin to a Premier League season for a decade.
“It is a huge problem,” the Spaniard stated in Thursday’s press convention. “The thought is to proceed creating in our manner and magnificence. For Saturday we’re in good spirits and our gamers are able to play with huge ambition to do one thing necessary.
“We actually are in an excellent place however we solely performed two matches within the Premier League. We’re going to play 38 in whole, so actually to be on this second with the likelihood on Saturday to attain first place is superb and a very huge risk.
“We all know it is solely the start however we might be optimistic and optimistic for that match and wishing to point out our (finest) second in opposition to them, however understanding that it’ll be troublesome — it’s a very huge problem and a really huge alternative for us to do one thing.”
Liverpool is the one different workforce with a 100% begin to the season and tops the desk on objective distinction forward of Saturday’s opponent and Klopp’s aspect has scored no less than three targets in opposition to Arsenal in every of the Gunners’ final 4 Premier League visits to Anfield.
Liverpool’s attacking trio of Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino had a subject day on this fixture final season, with the Brazilian netting a formidable hat-trick.
Nonetheless, Emery is adamant that Arsenal’s poor latest document at Anfield can have no bearing on Saturday’s outcome.
“Every match, every second, every season is completely different,” he stated. “We will use final yr, two years in the past, three years in the past, 4 years in the past. However actually it is about our second and this second.
“Anfield is a giant environment with their supporters, they’re an excellent workforce. In Anfield they’ve one step extra in feeling robust nevertheless it’s not for us, it is for all.
“We have to take our greatest efficiency and to go there with a very good feeling and in addition pondering we are able to obtain that efficiency individually and collectively to be robust and to have our possibilities. We’re wanting ahead to going there and displaying that.”
Zero-Zero? No likelihood
The stable Liverpool protection we had grown accustomed to final season has began to point out cracks this time period, maybe largely right down to the absence of goalkeeper Alisson who sustained a calf damage within the opening recreation of the season.
His substitute, Spaniard Adrian, was the hero within the UEFA Tremendous Cup penalty shootout nevertheless it was his error that allowed Southampton again into the sport final weekend.
This fixture has produced a number of high-scoring encounters in recent times — six of the final seven fixtures have seen 4 targets or extra — and you need to return to August 2015 for the final Zero-Zero draw, the one goalless match since 1999.
“We did effectively in opposition to them final yr, particularly at house, and we’ll be seeking to do the identical form of factor,” defender Trent Alexander-Arnold informed Liverpool.com.
“I believe over the previous couple of seasons, particularly at Anfield, we have all the time had high-scoring video games. That is the best way each groups play, in an attacking model of soccer, so I am certain each groups will wish to win the sport and it will be robust for either side.”