Date: 19th August 2011 at 3:12pm
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Liverpool’s Brazilian midfielder, Lucas, seems to have the answer on how we are going to beat Arsenal on Saturday: keep the ball away from them!

“They like to pass the ball, they have a lot of possession,” Lucas told Liverpoolfc.tv. “They have been fighting for titles for a few years but they couldn’t win. For sure this season they are going to be strong and it will be a tough game.

“It’s always difficult to stop these kind of players. Barcelona is also a team that likes to pass and at the moment no one can stop them.

“We just have to make sure you have a good shape and play with a lot of determination. You try to have the ball. If you have the ball they won’t be able to pass between you.”

Whilst I agree with Lucas that we need to keep the ball away from them, I feel the best way to approach the game tomorrow against Arsenal is to be very physical against them in midfield. They have a very soft midfield without Wilshere and Song, and if we boss them there physically we will have more ball than them.

Their defending from set-pieces is also very poor and that is where we must make the most of Charlie Adam’s deliveries and get the likes of Carroll and Agger onto the end of his crosses.