Premier League classics: Liverpool v Arsenal
Liverpool were meant to be hosting Arsenal this weekend, in a contest which is usually an absolute humdinger.
This fixture has thrown up everything over the years, and to remember the best of the bunch, we’ve taken a look back at their Premier League classic encounters…
May 1998: Liverpool 4-0 Arsenal
Arsenal would win a league and FA Cup double in the 1997-98 season, but bizarrely would lose home and away to Liverpool, including this 4-0 drubbing at Anfield.
The Reds, in the midst of their ‘Spice Boys’ era, were sensational on their day, and none more so than this May clash.
A quick-fire Paul Ince brace put Roy Evans’ hosts 2-0 up by the half hour, before a young Michael Owen made it 3-0 before the interval.
Liverpool’s triumph was sealed late on with an Oyvind Leonhardsen strike to round off a sensational win.
April 2004: Arsenal 4-2 Liverpool
There was once a time when Arsenal weren’t too bothered about going a goal down. Why would you be when you had Thierry Henry and Robert Pires in your side?
The Gunners were enjoying their zenith under Wenger, as they homed in on an invincible campaign.
Sami Hyypia headed Liverpool ahead early on, only for Henry to slide Arsenal level after a wizardry clipped assist from Pires.
Michael Owen’s fine finish from Steven Gerrard’s through-ball ensured Liverpool led at the interval, but from then on it was Arsenal’s show.
Pires made it 2-2 within five minutes of the restart, before Henry produced more magic with a stunning solo effort a minute later, twisting and turning his way as Liverpool defenders fell over themselves.
And there was still time for the Frenchman to wrap up his hat-trick, netting Arsenal’s fourth to complete the win late on.
April 2009: Liverpool 4-4 Arsenal
Step forward, Andrey Arshavin. The Russian will always be remembered fondly by the Arsenal faithful for this stunning solo performance alone.
This contest was unremarkable at half-time, with Arshavin’s first goal handing Wenger’s side a slender one-goal advantage.
But it was carnage in the second half, as Fernando Torres and Yossi Benayoun quickly turned to tables to make it 2-1 Liverpool.
Arshavin wasn’t done yet though, and a pair of goals just three minutes apart (the first a mighty 20-yard strike) quickly put Arsenal back in front.
Torres quickly replied to make it 3-3, and we thought that was that until Theo Walcott played Arshavin through to fire home his fourth of the night in stoppage time.
And yet there was more. A hail-mary effort from the Reds paid off in the dying moments, with Benayoun bundling home to complete a sensational 4-4 thriller.
August 2016: Arsenal 3-4 Liverpool
This was Liverpool’s first game of the season in Jurgen Klopp’s first full campaign as Reds manager, and the tone was quickly set for what was to come.
Theo Walcott opened the scoring just after the half hour, but Philippe Coutinho levelled on the stroke of half-time.
Arsene Wenger’s half-time plans quickly went out the window as Klopp’s new-look side showed their class with a blistering 15-minute display.
Goals from Adam Lallana, Coutinho and a stunning strike from new recruit Sadio Mane put the visitors out of reach, despite late replies from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Calum Chambers.
December 2017: Arsenal 3-3 Liverpool
We’ve been spoilt for choice for epic encounters between this pair in recent seasons, and this was another rip-roaring contest.
Philippe Coutinho handed the Reds a 1-0 lead, before Mo Salah made it 2-0 early in the second half.
That sparked an almighty fightback from the Gunners, and three goals in five minutes from Alexis Sanchez, Granit Xhaka and Mesut Ozil turned the game on its head.
But of course it didn’t end there, with Roberto Firmino popping up to ensure a share of the points.