Jamie Carragher fears his former side Liverpool may struggle to handle the frightening pace of Arsenal’s attack when the teams go head-to-head this weekend.
The Premier League rivals, the only two teams to win their opening two games of the 2019/20 top-flight campaign, lock horns in a mouthwatering clash at Anfield on Saturday night.
While Jurgen Klopp boasts a deadly attack in Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, there have been question marks over their defensive style this season.
And with first-choice goalkeeper Alisson Becker currently injured, Carragher reckons Liverpool could be in for a hard time when they go up against Unai Emery’s Gunners.
Speaking on Monday Night Football, Carragher said: “What Liverpool have done this season, we’re talking about them playing a high line, I’m not necessarily sure it’s a higher line, but it looks to me as if they’re trying to play offside.
“They caught players offside more than anyone in the Premier League this season.
“I don’t like it and I think they’ve been lucky and fortunate at different times this season to get away with it.”
And Carragher was quick to highlight the Arsenal attack, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe all with the potential to frighten Liverpool this weekend.
Asked if Arsenal’s pace is a danger going into Saturday’s clash, Carragher continued: “Well that’s what you think, you think Aubameyang, Lacazette, Pepe maybe coming on also.
“When I say Liverpool have got away with it, the quality they’ve played against hasn’t been top class.
“I said after the Norwich game, if they were playing a top team they may not have won. Considering they won 4-1, it’s a big thing to say I suppose, but the quality Arsenal have, if Liverpool get caught in those positions and don’t run back, they’re going to have major problems within that game.
“You think about on the counter-attack as well, Liverpool playing higher up on the pitch on Saturday. And listen of course Liverpool are going to cause big problems the other way, I have no doubt about that, but the chances, the shots on goal that they’re allowing at this moment, better quality teams, better quality strikers, are going to make Liverpool pay.”
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