Paul Merson states his prediction for Arsenal v Liverpool FC


"We have spoken. It is very important to control, but I don't think he lost control". As long as the majority of boys are fit we have a really good football team.

"Today the balance was good in our speed and intensity". He scored against Chelsea a lot of matches ago and I want him to be nearer the box to have chances to score more.

Despite starting the tie as favourites, Klopp insists they need to be clinical on their London tip to make sure they keep their winning run going.

Guendouzi joined from Lorient in the summer for a fee of around £7m, and has gradually grown into his status as a first team player in his short time at the Emirates so far. The characteristics each player has is very important and Iwobi can impact high in the match. It looked good for them before that but in that game they got all the confidence and we got the opposite and it led to a 25-point gap or whatever.

Klopp dismissed the suggestion, however, Emery produced a tactical masterclass to get the better of his side in the second half of their Europa League final encounter. They have players with quality.

Palace are yet another side starving for goals ahead of the weekend, as they've played 395 minutes (Oct. 1 - all competitions) without finding the back of the net, and are winless (two draws) in their last five league games.

Blackpool return to Sky Bet League One action on Saturday as they host Bristol Rovers, with manager Terry McPhillips wanting to use the Arsenal display as a yardstick moving forwards.

"We had a big influence on that game".

Hector Bellerin (thigh) and Sokratis Papastathopoulos (ankle) will be assessed along with Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac (both hamstring) before a decision is made on their involvement.

Emery dodged a question about Ramsey's contract after Wednesday's 2-1 win over Blackpool in the Carabao Cup, but said he is confident the player is remaining focused on his job.

For reasons given above, I like over 0.5 Liverpool goals in the first half, over 0.5 Arsenal goals in the second half.

The Spaniard might need a bit of luck against Liverpool in order to ensure he can celebrate his 47th birthday on Saturday with a Klopp-like smile on his face. Throw in Granit Xhaka to be carded - he has been booked in three of four midfield appearances against Liverpool and could be even more exposed if he starts at left-back - and the price reaches a tasty 7.7.