Mamadou Sakho calls on Liverpool to believe in themselves today

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The Reds will be aiming to win at Arsenal for only the second time in twelve attempts…

Liverpool can beat Arsenal today, provided that they trust in their own quality as they visit their top-four rivals in North London.

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That’s the view of Reds defender Mamadou Sakho, who is preparing himself for a crucial role in the match-up in the absence of the suspended Martin Skrtel.

While either Dejan Lovren or Kolo Toure will likely step-in to our defensive three, it’s the Frenchman who will be looked upon as the new leader of our back-line – expected to keep quiet the likes of Olivier Giroud and Alexis Sanchez.

Alongside Emre Can, they will be aiming to deliver an unprecedented seventh consecutive away clean-sheet in the Premier League, smashing a long-standing record held by Bill Shankly’s Liverpool.

Speaking ahead of the match, Sakho told our official website: “The rest of the season is just eight games and all the games are very important for us if we want to achieve our objective.

“We have to stay focused, go to Arsenal and play our football and believe in our quality.

“We are a strong group, a lot of players have quality and the most important thing is that all the players give 100 per cent for the team. Together, we can be stronger.”

A win over Arsene Wenger’s side will lift us to within three points of the Gunners, while also closing the gap on fourth place Manchester United ahead of their weekend game with Aston Villa.

We’re without a win at Arsenal since 2011, but Sakho believes that record is well-set to be broken. He added: “That’s just on paper and in the past. Now we have to go there with another mentality. We have to work well to be ready for such a day.”

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