Ian Wright believes that Liverpool will once again be defeated, this time by his former team Arsenal.
This weekend, the Reds’ next Premier League match at Anfield will be against the Gunners. It will be Liverpool’s first home game since they defeated Manchester United 7-0 on March 5, which was also their last victory in all competitions.
The team of Jurgen Klopp drew 0-0 with Chelsea on Tuesday, just days after being defeated 4-1 by Manchester City. The Reds are currently eighth in the Premier League standings, 10 points behind the top four teams.
Liverpool is 29 points behind league-leading Arsenal, who have won each of their last seven Premier League matches without suffering a loss. In October, the Reds were defeated by a score of 3-2 at the Emirates Stadium in the rematch.
Wright has explained why Liverpool were humiliated during their loss to Man City and has predicted that Arsenal will capitalize and hand Klopp and his team another loss.
“Liverpool’s performance away to Man City was disappointing because it felt like an old champion going back into the ring,” said the former Arsenal striker on the Wrighty’s House podcast.
“For a couple of rounds, it looked like they were back but then they were gone after the first punch. Man City just steamrolled them and it was quite embarrassing for Liverpool in the end.
“I think Arsenal have the energy and the capabilities to cause Liverpool problems. It’s a question of how long we can sustain it at Anfield because that’s not something we’ve done for a while there.
“Can we sustain the pressure you need so Liverpool don’t go bang, bang, bang? That’s what I’m excited to see.
“If we can beat them – which I think we can – then I’m starting to get very excited. I’m excited as it is but these are the huge games in a title race.
“I think Arsenal can do it, I’m confident Arsenal can do it. It’s so exciting. I can already feel the buzz around that game. With what’s going on at Liverpool, it’s the time to attack them and get them to answer some questions.
“I know we’re going to have a period in that game where if Liverpool are not at it, we’re probably going to score a couple of goals.
“That’s what I’m excited about. I like our mentality and we’ve got to go there and do what we’ve been doing over the past month or so.”
Ian Wright makes ’embarrassing’ Liverpool claim with Arsenal match prediction