Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers hopes to dent Arsenal’s title hopes by delivering a “psychological” blow to their bid on Monday night.
The Reds travel to the Emirates looking to maintain their 100% start to the season following back-to-back 1-0 wins over Stoke and Bournemouth.
Those results have given Liverpool fans renewed hope of a top-four challenge this season and they will take confidence from West Ham’s 2-0 win at Arsenal on the opening weekend of the season.
Arsenal are the heavy favourites for the match but Rodgers is confident his side can win if they stick to their gameplan, insisting any result will be crucial in the long-term.
“You’re playing one of the rivals that you’re hoping to be competing with at the top end of the table; these games are important,” Rodgers said.
“They don’t give the full picture in terms of how it will finish up – you can draw or lose these games and still go on and achieve what you want to achieve. Of course it’s for the confidence and psychologically they are important.
“No matter when these games come in the season they are always good for the psychological effect.”
Liverpool can be backed at 5.00 to win at Arsenal on Monday night and are 17.00 to win the Premier League this season.