The Gunners were pitted against the Merseyside club in Sunday’s fifth-round draw after the Premier League duo saw off Coventry City and Bournemouth respectively in the fourth round.
Wenger’s men have already beaten their local rivals Tottenham in the third round of the cup this term and the Frenchman is hopeful that his side can emerge victorious from a difficult test against the Reds.
According to Arsenal’s official website, he said:
It’s an interesting [FA Cup] draw and a difficult one. We have a little advantage by playing at home. That means we don’t travel but overall it is of course difficult and we’ll try again to absorb it and to come out in a positive way.
We have plenty of big games, that means the whole squad will need to be highly focused. To deal with that is a massive challenge for the squad but I’m confident we can do that.
What is important is that you don’t lose players from now until this period, that you have all the players available. That is very important but you can never be sure about that.
For the rest you just go game by game, focus on the next one and if you win the next one you have more chances to win the one after. So the two together – keep your squad available and win the next game – that’s our policy.
Arsenal will go into the game with somewhat of an advantage with the Gunners having already beaten Liverpool 2-0 at home earlier this season. Wenger’s men have only lost once to Liverpool in the last seven years in the league and the Londoners have last lost to the Mersey side team in FA Cup back in 2001. However that could all change when they face one another in the league a week before their Cup match up.
Overall, Arsenal’s home record has been impressive this campaign, losing just once in the league at the Emirates which was in the first game against Aston Villa back in August. We will be the favourites going into the match and it would be even better if we could add a big name striker this month to strengthen our options.
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