Sterling: Another quick start key against Arsenal

The Liverpool attacker, who has been picked to lead the line in recent matches, is hoping to strike early like the Reds did in last season’s 5-1 victory

Raheem Sterling has warned Arsenal that Liverpool are growing in confidence as he plots a repeat of last season’s hammering of the Gunners at Anfield.

Brendan Rodgers’ side consigned the north London club to a 5-1 defeat on Merseyside in February after racing into a four-goal lead with only 20 minutes played, though have endured a more turbulent campaign this season.

Liverpool were beaten 3-0 by Manchester United in their last league outing but Sterling, who goes into Sunday’s game off the back of a brace against Bournemouth, is hoping to blitz Arsenal once again.

“It was possibly one of the best games I’ve been involved in. It’s always great to play against Arsenal and to beat them in such good fashion, playing really good football at times,” Sterling told the club’s official website.

“It showed the heights we were at last season. Hopefully this time around we can get on the front foot straight from the off like we did last year and get the win again this season.

“Our confidence is on its way back to where it should be and hopefully we can get out there with a quick start. We’ll try to do the best we can do and we know that doing our best can definitely win us the game.”

Liverpool have failed to meet the high standards set last season during a disappointing 2014-15 campaign so far and sit 11th in the Premier League, though have secured their passage to the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup.

Sterling’s two goals against Championship leaders Bournemouth ended a long barren run for the England international, who struck twice against Arsenal in the same fixture last season.

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