Liverpool boss piles pressure on Mikel Arteta

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Liverpool boss piles pressure on Mikel Arteta

Jurgen Klopp already making excuses vs Arsenal as Liverpool boss piles pressure on Mikel Arteta

 

Arsenal travel to Anfield on Saturday with the hope of putting some distance between themselves and their title rivals Liverpool with a first league victory at the Merseyside ground since 2012. 

Mikel Arteta has failed so far the land a victory against Jurgen Klopp in the league at his home patch but the German has cited an advantage the Gunners will have.

 

Liverpool beat West Ham United in the League Cup quarter-final at Anfield on Wednesday night. It was a game which showed the Reds back at their dominant best but Klopp was not happy with the atmosphere inside the ground.

 

Knowing the challenge arriving this weekend, Klopp called on the crowd to be noisier and not rely on a bust-up with Mikel Arteta to spark them into life. He was of course referencing the argument he had with Arteta during the 2021/22 season that led to a reaction from his players on the way to a 4-0 win.

 

"We need Anfield on Saturday," Klopp said. “Without Anfield, I would say… [Arsenal] didn’t play this week, just to make sure – I know, I’m sorry – they didn’t play, they prepare for this game.

 

“Anyone who knows just a little bit about them knows they will be prepared, so we need Anfield on their toes from the first second, without me having an argument with the opposition coach. Whatever, we need you from the first second.

 

“If it is too much football in December, I don’t know, sorry, we have to play it as well. But, if you are not in the right shape, give your ticket to somebody else."

 

Interestingly, amongst the calls for more noise there was something of an early excuse in there from Klopp. Highlighting that with Arsenal not involved in the League Cup, they have more days to prepare whilst Liverpool have less time to recover.

 

Klopp still chose to bring on all three of Mohamed Salah, Luis Diaz and Trent Alexander-Arnold despite initially resting them with places on the bench. The Reds will be without Alexis Mac Allister it seems, however, who suffered an injury in the 2-0 win over Sheffield United.

 

Arsenal know a win takes them top at Christmas whereas a defeat would produce the same for the home side. Draw, however and Unai Emery’s Aston Villa could instead top the pile on the big day opening up a whole new can of worms regarding retrospectives.

 

A win for the Gunners would represent a significant milestone in their progress under Mikel Arteta. Compared to the last time the teams met, William Saliba is fit to play and the likes of Declan Rice and Kai Havertz are new additions that were not there before – replacing Granit Xhaka who famously sparked the crowd after having a coming together with Alexander-Arnold.

 

Source: Arsenal- Football.London

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