Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has moved to suggest that he doesn’t see the Reds as genuine title contenders this season.
Up until recently, the Anfield outfit were very close to the top of the Premiership standings, but they go into the Arsenal clash eight points adrift of the Gunners.
And while some believe the Reds can still revive their title bid, boss Brendan Rodgers was quick to downplay his side’s title chances.
“I don’t see ourselves as title contenders,” said Rodgers. “As a team, it’s too early for that.”
“The squads these clubs have (Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City) they’re set up in order to fight for the titles.”
While Rodgers is clearly trying to take the pressure off his players, it should be noted that the Reds are 25/1 shot for the Premier League title.
Meanwhile, they are 23/20 favourites to defeat Arsenal at Anfield and get revenge on the Gunners for the 2-0 loss in the reverse fixture.
The good news is the boss has no fresh selection worries, although Lucas Leiva, Jose Enrique, Glen Johnson and Daniel Agger remain on the sidelines.
On the other hand, Arsene Wenger should have Jack Wilshere back, but Mathieu Flamini, Aaron Ramsey, Kim Kallstrom and Theo Walcott are unavailable.