Liverpool's European hopes hinge on ending their Emirates Stadium hoodoo

Ever since Arsenal moved to the Emirates Stadium, Liverpool have endured a torrid record when playing there - but their hopes of European football next season could hinge on overcoming this.
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Liverpool will be hoping their woeful record at the Emirates Stadium doesn't come back to haunt them this weekend.

Since Arsenal vacated the Highbury and moved to the Emirates, Liverpool have really struggled there.

The home of the Gunners hosted its first game back in 2006, with Olof Melberg the first player to ever score there.

Despite that random trivia, it's Liverpool's record there that's of more importance. 

Liverpool's woeful Emirates record

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In the 15 years since Arsenal have called it their home, Liverpool have won there just twice.

That is two victories in all competitions too, with one of those coming in the first game of Jurgen Klopp's first full season in charge.

That was an enthralling 3-4 win where the Reds almost snatched defeat from the grips of victory.

Given Liverpool's recent turbulent run of form, this is hardly a good omen for Klopp to ponder.

Whether it is just one of those things in football that is an unexplained phenomenon, we don't know.

But one thing is for certain - Liverpool need to break that hoodoo sooner rather than later. 

Why this game is so important

This game comes at a crunch time in the season for both teams.
A win would come as a much needed three points for Arsenal, but it's arguably more vital for Liverpool.

Liverpool currently sit seventh, five points behind fourth placed Chelsea.

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Given that Thomas Tuchel's side have a tricky trip to Crystal Palace and a home game against Manchester City coming up, there's a distinct possibility of them dropping points.

Tottenham too have difficult games coming up against Manchester United and Everton.

West Ham, another of Liverpool's top four rivals (oddly) also have a tough few weeks.

They face Leicester, Wolves and Chelsea, meaning that again, Liverpool's rivals could drop points.

That makes shaking this jinx of the Emirates even more important this time around.

We could really do with another one of those barnstorming performances that brought Klopp his last win there.

The team picked Arsenal apart at times, with Sadio Mané scoring a stunner on his debut. It's been going on for far too long, this I'll fated London visit. 

Jota the key?

With a slightly renewed sense of stability in defence and the return of Jota and his goals, there's reason to be optimistic. 

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They do ship goals at home, so this will music to Diogo Jota's ears.

The Portuguese man has bagged three goals on international duty.

The midfield also gives reason to be optimistic with Fabinho back in the six and Thiago pulling the strings.

Liverpool need to find a way to win at the Emirates, now more so than ever. Their European footballing fate next season depends on it.