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Liverpool and Arsenal will be aiming to follow up their memorable weekends as the teams meet at Anfield on Saturday.

The Gunners go into the game following a 5-2 win over rivals Tottenham, which took place just hours before Liverpool lifted the Carling Cup after a penalty shootout success over Cardiff at Wembley.

With a quarter of the season remaining, both clubs go in search of three valuable points to aid their European ambitions.

Arsenal’s win over Tottenham put Arsene Wenger’s side back in pole position to finish in the coveted fourth place in the Premier League.

They are in front of Chelsea only by goals scored as the two clubs look set to battle for the final UEFA Champions League berth for the remainder of the campaign.

But if Arsenal are able to capitalise on their derby win, there may even be a chance to turn up the pressure on third-place Spurs who are seven points ahead prior to their meeting with Manchester United on Sunday.

Gunners supporters will be forgiven for refusing to get carried away after a season of ups-and-downs, having not recorded three successive wins since November 2011.

An inconsistent run of form can also be blamed for Liverpool’s position in the Premier League table as they have won, drawn and lost in their last three fixtures.

Their European aspirations are more desperate than Saturday’s opponent’s, as they have to leapfrog Arsenal, Chelsea and Newcastle if they are to reach fourth place.

However, three points at the weekend could bridge the gap to just four points and Kenny Dalglish’s side have a game in hand.

Anfield has often been a source of frustration for Liverpool, who have not scored a goal at home in the Premier League in 2012.

But despite just two wins in their last nine home league games they are still unbeaten on Merseyside this season.

Team news

Wenger confirmed that he has no fresh injury worries following the midweek internationals, but midfielder Aaron Ramsey remains absent.

The Welshman could return to the Gunners squad for the home clash with Newcastle on March 12.

Their injury crisis has subsided in recent weeks with Bacary Sagna, Kieran Gibbs and Carl Jenkinson all returning to full fitness.

Defenders Andre Santos and Francis Coquelin are two and four weeks away respectively.

Liverpool have doubts over captain Steven Gerrard, who had to be withdrawn in the first half of England’s game with Holland on Wednesday.

The midfielder has been receiving medical assessment at the club’s Melwood training ground.

Dalglish has confirmed that defender Daniel Agger will be out for a few weeks after suffering a fractured rib against Cardiff at Wembley in the Carling Cup final.

Possible starting XIs:

Liverpool: Reina, Kelly, Carragher, Skrtel, Enrique, Henderson, Gerrard, Spearing, Downing, Suarez, Carroll.

Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Koscielny, Vermaelen, Gibbs, Walcott, Rosicky, Arteta, Song, Benayoun, Van Persie.

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