Mikel Arteta takes his Arsenal side to Anfield for the first time, buoyed by two consecutive victories over Liverpool.
The Gunners beat the Mugsmashers 2-1 in the Premier League at the Emirates after the lockdown, and won a penalty shoot-out to take the Community Shield last month.
However, the Arsenal boss is under no illusions as to how strong Jurgen Klopp’s side are, and the need for his team to produce a performance on the night.
Speaking ahead of the game, and referencing the two recent victories, Arteta said, “They are all very different games, the one we played at the Emirates and the one we played the in final were very different, and I think it will be different again.
“We know the standards that they have set in this league, how consistent they have been and that is because they dominate almost every aspect of the game.
“So we need to be at our best, we need to compete really well against this team and hopefully the boys are able to do that on Monday.
“They have some variability depending on what they do, how we have to control those aspects, how we can attack in different ways as well.
“It is like quick waves all the time with them, without much time to breathe. It is a really quick game, it doesn’t see long sequences of passes against them.
“We had to be at our best, that’s for sure.”
It’s fair to say that we weren’t necessarily at our best in the league game, taking advantage of uncharacteristic errors by Liverpool, and we might need a bit of that again as we get ready for two trips to Anfield in a matter of days.
After Monday, we return on Thursday for a Carabao Cup 4th round tie, and that is a complication according to Arteta.
“It is normally difficult enough to play the same team in four days and for the players as well to adapt,” he said.
“Obviously, the first game has a big impact on the second one and it is really tough to beat the same opponent twice in that short period. When you talk about Liverpool that challenge is much bigger but I just want to focus on Monday.
“Let’s try to get the best possible preparation against them, go there, and most importantly have the belief that we can go there and win.
“We all have to believe that we are capable of doing that.”