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arsenal v liverpool

Liverpool take on Arsenal this Saturday (February 8th), in one of the most eagerly-awaited Barclays Premier League fixtures of the season.

The lunchtime game - to be aired live on BT Sport 1 at 12:45pm - sees the current leaders travel to Anfield to take on a fourth-place Liverpool, who need a win to remain in the title chase.

Brendan Rodgers' side were held to a 1-1 draw against West Brom on Sunday, meaning they conceded further ground to the Gunners, who claimed a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace.

Arsenal currently lead the Barclays Premier League with 55 points from 24 games, two clear of second-place Manchester City and third-place Chelsea, who both have 53.

Liverpool, who occupy the final UEFA Champions League spot, are a further six points back on 47, with their title hopes now hanging by a thread.

The Reds briefly topped the table prior to Christmas, however defeats to Man City and Chelsea in late December saw them lose ground on their rivals.

But with the free-scoring Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge reunited in attack, Liverpool have every chance of forcing their way back into contention.

In the 11 Barclays Premier League games they have played together this season, only one team has prevented both strikers from scoring - and that was Arsenal.

The Gunners have much the better record against Saturday's opponents in recent years - with Liverpool winning just one of their last 13 games against the Londoners.

In the last six encounters at Anfield, there have been three draws and three Arsenal wins, meaning home advantage will count for little this weekend.

Whoever emerges triumphant, BT Sport viewers can expect there to be goals galore when these two domestic giants lock horns.

There have been five hat-tricks scored in Arsenal v Liverpool matches since 1992-93 - the most trebles of any fixture in Barclays Premier League history.

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