Jurgen Klopp’s side, second in the league standings on goal difference behind Manchester City, has only dropped points against the champion and Chelsea in its opening 10 matches as it bids for a first top-flight title since 1990. Those same sides inflicted defeats on Arsenal in Emery’s first matches in charge after taking over from long-standing French coach Arsene Wenger.
The Gunners quickly adapted to the Spaniard’s methods, however, winning 11 games in a row in all competitions in a run only halted by a 2-2 draw at Crystal Palace on Sunday. Yet, Liverpool boasts a prolific strike force with Mohamed Salah back among the goals and Emery will hope key defender Hector Bellerin can recover from a muscular problem.
The Vitality Stadium has been a happy hunting ground for Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth as it is unbeaten at home this season and has moved into the sixth place in the table. Its last defeat there was in April against Saturday’s opponent Manchester United, which featured a goal from Romelu Lukaku who will be looking to end his current drought of nine matches in all competitions without scoring.
United is languishing in eighth place after a poor start to the season, but it did secure a morale-boosting victory on Sunday over Everton, which will look to bounce back at home to Brighton & Hove Albion. Marco Silva’s side will have to find a way to stop in-form striker Glenn Murray who has scored six of Brighton’s 11 goals this campaign, helping it to 11th in the standings, one point behind Everton.
Sandwiched between those two is Wolverhampton Wanderers, which has slipped to two successive defeats after impressing early on. It welcomes Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday. West Ham faces Burnley with both sides locked on eight points from 10 games and looking for a first win in four.
Second-bottom Newcastle United, which has not won this season, hosts a Watford side it has failed to beat in its last four league meetings.
Leicester City travels to Cardiff City having decided to go ahead with the match following the death of chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and four others in a helicopter crash last weekend.