It’s the end of a dramatic year; let’s hope the final act isn’t a tough watch.
We’ve made significant progress under Unai Emery, a 22-match unbeaten run keeping us well in the hunt for Champions League qualification.
But our resources have been stretched almost to breaking point over the festive period by a badly-timed batch of injuries.
Liverpool certainly have the pace, power and panache to capitalise on that, and they are undoubtedly the Premier League’s form horse after rattling off eight straight wins since that 1-1 draw at the Emirates in November.
Our head coach says that Saturday will show us how far we’ve come and how far we still need to go, and it’s true that we could be in for a reality check.
But, while we start as underdogs at Anfield, we can take heart from taking Liverpool to the limit in our last encounter.
We just have to do it all again.
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