Arsenal and Liverpool kick off match day 31 of the Premier League weekend in Saturday’s lunchtime game at the Emirates this weekend.
There have been a number of exciting and dramatic encounters between these two in the past and the same can be expected of this weekend’s clash.
Brendan Rodgers’ side need to avoid defeat to keep their UEFA Champions League hopes alive, whilst victory for Arsenal would move them into second place, at least ahead of Crystal Palace vs Manchester City.
These two ever-present Premier League sides have seen more hat-tricks in this fixture than any other in the league’s history. Here are all five of those:
1. Robbie Fowler, 28 August 1994 (Liverpool 3-0 Arsenal)
The Liverpool legend netted the second of his nine Premier League hat-tricks in this fixture more than two decades ago. The goals scored in the 26th, 29th and 31st minutes remain a Premier League record today as the quickest hat-trick, with only four minutes and 23 seconds separating Robbie Fowler’s first and third goals in this match.
2. Robbie Fowler, 23 December 1995 (Liverpool 3-1 Arsenal)
Robbie Fowler was at it again for Liverpool just before Christmas in 1995 when he struck the second hat-trick of his career versus Arsenal in this Premier League encounter. Ian Wright had given the Gunners an early lead before Fowler scored his first before half-time and the next two in the second half.
3. Thierry Henry, 9 April 2004 (Arsenal 4-2 Liverpool)
Late in their invincibles season, Arsenal twice came from behind at home to Liverpool before running out 4-2 winners thanks to a Thierry Henry hat-trick. This game was played the day after Good Friday also – can another French striker score three for the Gunners in this weekend’s fixture?
4. Peter Crouch, 31 March 2007 (Liverpool 4-1 Arsenal)
Peter Crouch’s only Premier League hat-trick of his career (to date) came at Anfield eight years ago. The then-Liverpool striker put in a dominant opening 45 minutes as Liverpool cruised to victory which saw them jump above Arsenal into third place at the time. Crouch completed his hat-trick on 80 minutes with a nice turn and finish.
5. Andrei Arshavin, 21 April 2009 (Liverpool 4-4 Arsenal)
What proved to be a massive dent in Liverpool’s fading title challenge in 2008-09, Arsenal’s new signing Andrei Arshavin put in the performance of his career in scoring all four goals for the visitors at Anfield six years ago.