By Nick Teale
Arsenal beat Liverpool three times last season; twice in the Premier League and also in the League Cup.
But this season the Reds have a new manager in former Fulham boss Roy Hodgson.
So can Arsenal expect to see a new-look Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday? We spoke to Dave Randles of the Liverpool Daily Post and Echo to get a Merseyside perspective on this weekend's clash.
THE MAN IN CHARGE
"The chose Roy Hodgson to succeed Rafael Benitez for a number of reasons. Firstly because he was affordable - there were some fans talking about the likes of Jose Mourinho and Guus Hiddink but Liverpool couldn't afford such high-earning managers and Hodgson is in the next bracket down from that. The second reason was the keenness within the boardroom to revert to a British manager. They had relative success under Benitez and [his predecessor] Gerard Houllier but there was a feeling that they wanted to go British again."
"Looking at the two Europa League qualifiers against Rabotnicki, the Macedonian side, it does look like Hodgson has brought a change of tactics. Under Benitez, Liverpool would labour through qualifying games early in the season but there was more freedom in their play in the two games so far. In the second leg at Anfield we saw some fantastic link-up play between Joe Cole and Steven Gerrard and the Liverpool captain was playing with a smile on his face again, something fans haven't seen for some months. I think the signing of Joe Cole could be key to the freedom and expressive play that Hodgson would like to deploy."
"Milan Jovanovic wasn't Hodgson's signing but he had tracked him at Fulham and was happy to take him at Liverpool. We saw him at the World Cup, he scored Serbia's winner against Germany. He can play as a lead striker or on the left and it looks like that I where he might play for Liverpool. Christian Poulsen is a player Hodgson worked with at Copenhagen about 10 years ago. He looks like a direct replacement for Javier Mascherano [who is the subject of media speculation linking him with a move from Liverpool]." Poulsen has played at a high level across Europe and should be able to come in and be tactically aware of what is expected of him."
CAUSE FOR CONCERN
"It's unlikely that we'll see Fernando Torres feature against Arsenal. The feeling we are getting at the moment is that it is too soon for him. Initially Torres was hopeful he might be back but from the World Cup final when he suffered his injury it was more or less three weeks to the day that he was told he would be out and this game might come a little too soon for him. Jovanovic or more likely David Ngog will replace him."
THE STORY SO FAR
"Glen Johnson recently said Liverpool are looking to get back into the top four this season and that seems to be the immediate aim. Hodgson alluded to the same when he first joined Liverpool. Dropping from second to seventh in the space of 12 months was a long way to fall for Liverpool."