Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and Arsenal’s long-serving boss Arsene Wenger have both seen promising title challenges turn to dust making Saturday’s match between their clubs potentially crucial to hopes of securing a Champions League spot.
An Arsenal win at Anfield would see them move four points clear of Liverpool, and with a game in hand, would consolidate their hold on what is at the moment the fourth and last Champions League place.
Second-placed Tottenham — who trail leaders Chelsea by 10 points and have a three-point advantage over their north London rivals — have a tricky home game against Everton on Sunday.
Third-placed Manchester City, who are a point behind Spurs, should pick up another three points when they travel to bottom side Sunderland also on Sunday.
A much-improved and in-form Manchester United — two points in arrears of Arsenal — are also in the mix and could move into the top four temporarily at least if they beat a slumping Bournemouth in Saturday’s early game.
Chelsea face the short journey across London to West Ham on Monday.
Question marks have yet to be raised about Klopp’s future.