Further forward, the talented but frustrating Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan continue to blow hot and cold, but the two flair players at least now put a shift in for the team and play with a sense of objective.
Arsenal are back in the fourth.
"I think because Liverpool played so well last season and the beat Manchester City in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, they know they can win the league, so they are confident enough to go at Arsenal without being afraid", Smicer added. To be fair, that away game at Crystal Palace was perhaps their toughest game of the 13 games in the run. "We are going to do the last training with the players".
Not only has the German conceded less goals and kept more clean sheets this season, but his passing accuracy (78.17%) is also far superior to Cech's (68.3%).
"The injuries are normal in one season". This is an Arsenal team that still has more Achilles heels than is ideal, one of them in goal. The Reds now occupy the table's top spot alone, although that might be short lived.
Although Cech will likely be dropped for Saturday's game, the slow starts have remained regardless of the team selection and Emery has to eradicate that this weekend, or face a mauling at the hands of the Red Arrows.
Mesut Ozil of Arsenal with a tattoo saying only God can judge me during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Watford FC at Emirates Stadium on September 29, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.
It was suggested when he first signed, but now it has been confirmed - Lucas Torreira is the player Arsenal have needed for years.
Arsenal themselves have been pretty rampant goal scorers this season, as they are now tied with Chelsea at second-highest number of goals scored (24). The combination of Lacazette and Aubameyang, in particular, could cause a series of trouble for the Liverpool backline as they have already plundered 11 goals in the league thus far. He couldn't defend (against) us in the first half.
Klopp's record against Arsenal since arriving in England is impressive.
It was a test of Emery and his players, of their resilience and self-belief - in many ways a test of what exactly he is trying to bring to Arsenal. Arsenal allow their opponents just 8.70 passes per defensive action (PPDA), which is just second behind Pochettino's Spurs.
Crystal Palace are now on a poor run of form in the Premier League, having failed to win in their last five top-flight games.
They say you don't notice something until it's gone, and that is a good thing at Arsenal this season. But the spirit is like we want.
MF Aaron Ramsey N/R - Came on shortly before the goal but didn't have much of an impact off the bench this time.
Yet Liverpool boast a prolific strike force with Mohamed Salah back among the goals and Emery will hope key defender Hector Bellerin can recover from a muscular problem.The Vitality Stadium has been a happy hunting ground for Eddie Howe's Bournemouth as they are unbeaten at home this season and have moved into sixth place in the table. I need also to smile at other moments. Laurent Koscielny is also unlikely to feature due to being unfit. The 22-year-old has taken such command of the back end of midfield that he has somehow helped Granit Xhaka develop a sense of positional discipline. On the attack, Gunners are expected to be full-strength as their only chance of winning hinges on the attack and not on the makeshift defence.
Liverpool were a threat, undoubtedly.