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Jamie Carragher names the Liverpool player that would guarantee Arsenal the Premier League title

Jamie Carragher names the Liverpool player that would guarantee Arsenal the Premier League title

Jurgen Klopp's side host the Gunners at Anfield in a big Premier League clash this weekend.

Arsenal travel to Anfield this weekend to take on Liverpool in a tantalising first vs second Premier League clash.

The Gunners sit at the summit of the top flight as they aim to go one better than they managed last season after being overtaken by eventual treble winners Manchester City in the Premier League as the club's wait for a first title since 2004 goes on.

Things have gone well so far for Mikel Arteta's side this campaign with only two defeats in 17 games and the Emirates Stadium outfit sit top by a point going into this weekend's fixtures.

Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool, meanwhile, have perhaps overperformed so far this season and are currently joint second in the table with Aston Villa, just a point behind the Gunners.

As fate would have it, the two sides meet at Anfield this Saturday evening, with any victor potentially being top of the Premier League at Christmas, pending how Villa get on against Sheffield United tonight.

A common question which is asked before many clashes between two sides at the top of a division is which players from each side would get into the opposing team.

The debates can sometimes go on and on - but Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has clearly the identitied the Anfield player who, if slotted into the Arsenal team, would guarantee them a minimum of nine more points each season.

Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson could be the difference for Arsenal. (
And that player, Carragher believes, is goalkeeper Alisson.

There have been question marks all season over who the No.1 stopper should be at the Gunners, with the summer loan arrival of Brentford's David Raya seeing Arteta primarily opt for the Spaniard over predecessor Aaron Ramsdale but neither have really convinced.

Former defender and Sky Sports pundit Carragher feels Alisson would bring at least three more victories a season to Arsenal - and would guarantee the Premier League title in the process.

Speaking to the Telegraph, Carragher said: "If Arsenal had Alisson Becker they would be almost guaranteed a minimum of nine extra points, which would win them the title.

"Overall, Arsenal are a year ahead of Liverpool in their development, but the teams are closer than Klopp could have imagined when playing catch-up at the start of this season,’ added the former Liverpool defender.

David Raya has failed to convince for Arsenal. (Image: Getty)
David Raya has failed to convince for Arsenal. (Image: Getty)

"The teams meet three times over the course of the next seven fixtures, with a rivalry evolving like that of the late ’80s and early ’90s, when Graham’s side knocked Kenny Dalglish’s off their perch.

"Where Liverpool still have the advantage is in Klopp himself. Of the current contenders in the top four, Arteta has the most to prove as the only coach still to win a league title.

"He has done a brilliant job since taking over from Unai Emery but that final step is always the most difficult and he is up against two of the best coaches of all time and, in Aston Villa, an emerging side with a hungry coach with fewer expectations of them and nothing to lose.

"That is a dangerous combination."

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Topics: Liverpool, Arsenal, Premier League, Alisson, Alisson Becker, Jamie Carragher