When does Liverpool v Arsenal kick off?

It’s the late kick-off on Saturday 24 August, so kick-off is at 5.30pm UK time.

Where can I watch Liverpool v Arsenal on TV?

The match is live on Sky Sports, so it will be screened on both Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League.

Build-up starts from 5pm on both channels, and if you don’t have Sky Sports you can get a Now TV pass to enjoy their coverage for one day only.

The match is also being broadcast live by the likes of beIN Sports, SuperSport, and NBCSports, so international viewers will certainly not be short of options.

Who is the referee for Liverpool v Arsenal?

Anthony Taylor is the man charged with keeping order at Anfield, and he’s a man with some history in the fixture.

He officiated in April 2015 when Arsenal won 4-1 at the Emirates, and he sent off Liverpool’s Emre Can late in the game.

Last season he took charge of Liverpool just three times. He was the man in the middle when they lost at Manchester City, but also for their home wins against West Ham and Bournemouth.

He refereed Arsenal seven times during 2018/19, including their 1-1 derby draw with Tottenham.=

Gary Beswick and Adam Nunn will assist Taylor, with Jon Moss the fourth official.

Meanwhile, the man hoping he won’t be the most controversial man involved is Stuart Attwell, who will be the man in the VAR hotseat.

What is the Premier League history of Liverpool v Arsenal

In a word: goals.

The fixture, particularly at Anfield, is the most consistently high-scoring one in Premier League history.

Last season, Liverpool won the corresponding match 5-1. The season before that was a 4-0 win for the Merseysiders, and the one before that was a 3-3 draw.

The most famous, or infamous, meeting between these two teams since the start of the Premier League in 1992 was their Anfield clash in 2009.

It finished 4-4, with the mercurial Andrey Arshavin scoring all four goals for the Gunners.

What is the team news ahead of Liverpool v Arsenal?

Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker was injured in the Reds’ opening game of the season at Norwich, and his calf injury is expected to keep him out of this one too.

That means that deadline-day signing Adrian will continue, with 35-year-old veteran Andy Lonergan to provide the cover.

Full-back Nathaniel Clyne and Naby Keita are also still sidelined for Jurgen Klopp’s troops.

Arsenal could welcome Granit Xhaka back into the fold after he missed the win over Burnley with a back injury. That is likely to be the only change to the side that won at Turf Moor, with mystery still surrounding the availability of Mesut Ozil due to security concerns.

Hector Bellerin, Konstantinos Mavropanos and Kieran Tierney are all some way off fitness, although Rob Holding is back training again.


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Knowing me, knowing you…
Oddly no sign of a repeat of this back-page headline…

…now that it has been revealed that Everton have made an offer for Wilfried Zaha but ‘would prefer to stagger it over a five-year period, meaning a less significant impact on the annual balance sheet’.

Question: Are perfectly normal things only funny when Arsenal do them?


Quite remarkable
Still, miserable Mark Irwin remains flummoxed by the whole business in the inside pages of The Sun, writing of Arsenal’s move for Nicolas Pepe:

‘Remarkable as it may seem, Lille appear happy to settle for a £20m down payment and have the remaining £52m paid over the next four years.

‘Arsenal have reached a similar agreement with Saint-Etienne for teenage centre-half William Saliba, who will eventually cost them £27m but only around £6m this year.’

It’s almost like that’s how a significant proportion of transfer payments are structured. Remarkable as it may seem, those selling clubs might know more than Mark Irwin about football finances.


There is nothing we can do…
Back to that Everton bid for Wilfried Zaha. Either…

a) ‘EVERTON have been told Wilfried Zaha is not for sale at ANY price’ after Crystal Palace ‘rejected a £55m offer’ (The Sun) or…

b) ‘EVERTON face a race to beat the transfer deadline and sign Crystal Palace after having a £50m bid rejected’ which ‘fell £10m short of their valuation’ (Daily Mirror) or…

c) ‘CRYSTAL PALACE will turn down a £52million offer from Everton’ (Daily Mail).

One of those is at least partly true. Ish.


Cryptic cross word
If you see this post on Twitter…

…and think ‘oooh, Wilfried Zaha posts cryptic social media message amid Arsenal and Everton transfer links’, then congratulations, for you work for the Daily Express website.


Quote, unquote
It had long been forgotten that quote marks are generally to be used to signify actual, you know, quotes.

As an example, here’s a headline on The Sun website:

‘Arsenal target Nicolas Pepe spotted at Miami airport ‘heading to London’ as Gunners fans get excited over transfer’

Who says he is ‘heading to London’? Nobody at all.

The whole ‘story’ is that Pepe was seen at Miami airport at the end of his holiday in Miami. How the f*** else was he supposed to get home?


Rowe, rowe, rowe your boat…
Silly us, though. Clearly Nicolas Pepe is ‘heading to London’ because we can see this on the Daily Mirror website:

‘Arsenal duo appear to confirm Nicolas Pepe transfer deal.’

You know a deal is done when Emile Smith Rowe likes a post on Instagram.


Hijack the lad
Liverpool are not buying Nicolas Pepe. We know that, you know that and the Liverpool Echo absolutely know that.

As they write on their live blog on Monday morning:

‘One thing I do know is he won’t become a Liverpool player. The ECHO understands etc etc, you’ve heard it all before.’

But obviously they do not allow that absolute certainty to get in the way of this headline:

‘Liverpool transfer news LIVE – Reds ‘prepare move’ for Francois Kamano, Nicolas Pepe deal ‘hijacked’, Rayhaan Tulloch linked’

Why? Because clicks.

The Echo blames ‘the pesky French media’. Or should we say that they thank the ‘pesky French media’ for giving them a clickable headline?

Here’s what they say:

‘Foot Mercato report the Reds will make a late bid to hijack Arsenal’s deal for Pepe.’

So off we go to Foot Mercato, who do not mention any ‘hijack’ (or ‘détourner’) but instead report that – via Google Translate – ‘While Arsenal would now hold the rope on the record, the Times reports that Liverpool, winner of the last Champions League, would have contacted the agent of Lille.’

That will be the ‘pesky French media’, reporting the most English of media in the form of The Times. Or rather the Sunday Times, where Duncan Castles writes that ‘Arsenal have agreed a club-record fee of £72m with Lille for Nicolas Pepe and have been granted permission to conclude a deal with the free-scoring Ivory Coast international’.

Sounds like a done deal. But what of Liverpool and their ‘hijack’? Well in the fifth paragraph, Castles writes this sentence:

‘Liverpool had contacted the player’s agent.’

Six words. Including two that indicate the past tense.

And over 24 hours later, the Echo are happy to report that the Nicolas Pepe deal is being ‘hijacked’.

One word: Shameless.


How soon is how?
Coverage of any potential transfer is not complete without this from talkSPORT:

‘POTENTIAL XI? Arsenal transfer news: How Unai Emery’s side could line-up with Kieran Tierney and Nicolas Pepe… but without Mesut Ozil’

Is it the usual Arsenal XI but with Kieran Tierney at left-back, Nicolas Pepe on the right and no Mesut Ozil?

Yes. Yes, it is.


Life and death
When a dead body is an opportunity…

‘Arsenal star shocked after ‘dead body is discovered at his home” – The Daily Mirror website.

The ‘Arsenal star’ is Mo Elneny, and the ‘home’ is actually a ‘house in Egypt’.

Shall we just start calling it dickbait?


I could be so good for you…
Manchester United ‘kept safe by 140 tour minders’ sounds mental…

…because it’s a right load of bollocks.

As Mike Keegan actually writes: ‘An incredible 140 members of backroom staff took part at one stage or another – more than twice as many as some of their rivals – with a burly, 20-strong security team keeping a close eye on things.’

So they were actually ‘kept safe by 20 tour minders’. But what’s 120 minders between friends?


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