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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger giving his own take in the 4-0 defeat at Anfield on Sunday; he revealed his side’s performance is “not acceptable ” and admitted they had been an “easy Opponent” for Jurge Klopp side.
The Gunners were swept aside at Anfield in a way that was embarrassing at times as Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and substitute Daniel Sturridge got on the scoresheet.
Asked afterwards about what had gone wrong for his side, Wenger – who opted to drop record signing Alexandre Lacazette to the bench and saw Alexis Sanchez fail to sparkle on his return to the team – said: “Everything.
“I think from the first to the last minute we were not at the level requested for such a game – not physically, not technically, not mentally were we at the level, and we were punished.
“That’s basically it. You can analyse the chances we gave away. But I just think overall the performance was not at the requested level.”
Arsenal’s previous two Premier League matches this season had seen them beat Leicester 4-3 at home, then lose 1-0 at Stoke.
And Wenger added: “I believe in our first two games we looked quite good – our performances were good.
“But today the performance was not acceptable at that level. It is true that today we were an easy opponent for Liverpool.”
When asked why the performance had been so sub-standard, the Frenchman said: “That is a question that is very difficult to answer straight away after the game.
“There are some reasons, but I don’t think I have too much to comment on that now.”
Wenger was asked about reports suggest Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain might be allowed to leave.
He said: “That is not the kind of question I can answer after a game like that. What will happen in the transfer market in the next three or four days I don’t know.”
Asked further about Shkodran Mustafi, he said: “Similar question, similar answer.”
[dropcap]D[/dropcap]aniel Sturridge faced a huge injury blow form the starting of this season, but his new manager Jurgen Klopp still believes he can start for England in Euro 2016.
26-year-old Liverpool striker played an hour for his national team on the International friendly match against Netherlands. He also having a big threats to secure his permanent place in starting XI for England because of Tottenham’s Harry Kane and Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy.
Both players lifted their teams to the top level with brilliant individual performances. Wayne Rooney is also getting ready from injury and preparing to compete for his place in Euro 2016.
Klopp is supporting Sturridge instead of his injury blow and impressed with his training sessions too.
Klopp said ahead of Tottenham clash: “There are a lot of good strikers in England so congratulations for that,”
“If I say I wish Daniel could have a real holiday and doesn’t have to go to the European Championships, what kind of manager would I be?
“It is the European Championships and playing for your country is the best thing a player can do, and I really wish for him to be part of it.
“The situation here is the best situation since I have been here; he trained all sessions with the national team, he had 65 minutes against Netherlands and was absolutely okay.
“He is very important for us and hopefully he is fit until the end of the season and then I cannot make decisions for Roy Hodgson – that is his problem.
“But the better we play, together with him, the better the chances for our players to be part of a big tournament.”
After a slow start to the season, Liverpool have picked up their form under new manager Jurgen Klopp and sit eighth in the Premier League – just six points behind fourth placed Tottenham Hotspur.
The Reds have produced a number of impressive performances, none more so than their 4-1 victory away at Manchester City earlier in the campaign but have struggled with injury issues in recent times. We consider their current form and evaluate whether or not they will finish in the top four this season.
Okay so Liverpool have one of the strongest starting line-ups in the top flight but their squad has been whittled down to its bare minimum in the last few months. For some reason, and it could well be down to Jurgen Klopp’s famous “gegenpress” style of play, Liverpool’s top stars keep on picking up injuries.
The likes of Daniel Sturridge, Jordan Henderson and Philippe Coutinho have all spent time on the touchline this season and Klopp’s frustration at Liverpool’s misfortune has been clear for all to see.
Despite their struggles with injuries, the Reds are challenging for silverware. Liverpool are 2-1 up on aggregate in their Capital One Cup clash with Stoke City and will book their place in the final of the competition if they avoid defeat in the second leg.
At the time of writing, Coral price Klopp’s men at 6/5 to lift the trophy – it could be a great football bet as rivals Manchester City are trailing to Everton on aggregate. With a bit of luck, Liverpool could go all the way and Klopp will get his hands on silverware in his first season as manager.
In terms of their league form, Liverpool are performing well. Although they lost 2-0 to West Ham in their last outing, the Reds have improved – albeit slowly – and now stand a genuine chance of snatching a top four spot.
In fact, as of January 11th, Klopp’s men are 5/2 with Coral to finish in the Champions League places. This could be this weekend’s recommended football bet as it’s likely that the odds will shorten if Liverpool continue to improve and climb up the table.
Liverpool have a promising group of young players and many will believe that the Reds could sneak a top four spot this season. With just one or two signings in January, Klopp’s side will stand a great chance of defying the odds and earning a spot back in Europe’s elite club competition.
The Reds aren’t a bad side and with a bit of luck on the injury front and consistency against the Premier League’s “lesser” teams, there’s absolutely no reason why they cannot finish in the top four this season.
Liverpool finished the year with a victory over relegation fighters Sunderland 1-0 and new manager Jurgen Klopp is planning to get new strikers in January window.
Liverpool stands on seventh in Points table, shares the position with Manchester United. No goal scoring shows from Liverpool this season, but their progress on earning three points working perfectly.
After the German coach signed, Liverpool become comfortable with results and needing a striker like Luis Suarez, who is signed by Barcelona with big amount.
On the course of Premier league title, Klopp is not still accepting their side as a contenders.
In post-match interview he said: “No, I don’t know [if we are title contenders],” Klopp told Sky Sports.
“You can see we both have 30 points, and you can see how at Manchester United the atmosphere isn’t the best, so you can see how football can be sometimes.
“But we have not to look at it. We wanted at least 30 points and we’ve got them. We go home, celebrate New Year’s Eve with the family, then go to West Ham and try to win again.”
Beating Leicester City and winning two consecutive matches gives good New Year for Liverpool.
If they lure any striker in January, It will be a major boost for the Reds and can join the Premier league title race.
Christian Benteke continues his consistency in goal scoring against Sunderland. He scored 6 goals in last seven game against Sunderland.
Benteke said: “Two goals, six points and two clean sheets is really good for us. It’s well deserved.
“It was hard work. We were the better team and you could see that the pressure for both teams because of the intensity of the last weeks and months.
“They made it hard for us. Then we made the goal after half-time and we controlled the game but couldn’t make another goal. But we got to the final whistle, three points, go home, everything is good!”
Five wins in a row in all competitions and chances are more favorable to finishing in top-flight Premier League position. These are the new achievements of new manager Jurgen Klopp in England.
He did the same with Borussia Dortmund in Bundesliga and led them to a top contender in all major tournaments. Now it can possible in Anfield too. Klopp transformed the team with what he has, no new signings and no big price tag players.
Liverpool is silently moving upward since his arrival from Germany. He wants to bring some new blood to team during January window.
He got call from Sir Alex Ferguson and he revealed their phone conversation to media, but he cropped it.
Klopp about Alex Ferguson: “He said congratulations and the rest is private. But I’ve had the huge honour of meeting him a few times and of course he is a role model for every manager in football.”
“It was a big pleasure because he’s a funny person and something like a book of history in football so it was good to spend some time with him.”
Last week, former Liverpool giant Steven Gerrard was appeared in Anfield and did some training with players and new manager.
He compared Gerrard with Ferguson: “He has the same thing as Alex, only a younger version, It’s good to have him here.”
“It’s very important to us because we can show that if you behave like Steven Gerrard in the years he was here and work like he did, then the door has to be open always and that’s what we’re doing now.
“Everybody knows him better than myself so it’s good to have him around because he’s a nice person and all the players love him.” He concluded.
[dropcap]L[/dropcap]iverpool is going to play Europa League under new manager Jurgen Klopp and it’s a first home match for him. Last week match against Tottenham proved that Liverpool is changing after Klopp’s arrival.
This time they are going to play in Anfield and it will be a big match and good entertainment for the fans. Liverpool is missing some key players due to injury, but they can hold the opponents with new game plans.
About his first home match:
Klopp said: “I’m really looking forward to this game, it’s by night, by light and a special atmosphere,”
“It’s my first home game and hopefully we can take this special atmosphere and transport it into the game. I want to go there, I want to feel it. That’s what we’re all waiting for, these special moments.
“Of course if somebody wants to surprise us and be louder and wilder than ever in your life, try to! We have to concentrate but we have to be open for help from outside. If somebody wants to help us then that’s cool.
“This Europa League is quite open. It could be a big step for us in this group. We want to see the next step in our development. We have this experience of the Tottenham game. It wasn’t perfect but it was a step in the right direction.
“Now this is completely different. Tottenham press hard and that was why the game was so wild. Rubin Kazan have a special style in play. We have to be very careful and concentrate and fight for the second balls because they play long balls.
“We have to be organised and be fully concentrated in set-plays because they are taller than us. That is the challenge. But hopefully we’ll be a bigger challenge for them.
“We have to be patient, in a football way. I hope no-one is waiting for it to be 4-0 after three minutes and is then disappointed.”
It seems Klopp is going to take the Europa League a lot more seriously than others.
The possibility of former Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp taking over at Liverpool has been ruled out after the German stated that he would be taking a short break from the game. Klopp has become one of the most sought-after managers since his departure from Dortmund was confirmed a few months ago. Even though he does not leave on a high, the 47-year-old has shown in the last seven seasons why he is regarded as one of the best in the business.
Speaking after the exit from the German club, Klopp said:
“After seven intense and emotional years, I think it’s a good idea to let the numerous memories settle in before I take on a new challenge with my coaching team, refreshed and fully motivated.”
He is widely known for making stars out of players like Robert Lewandowski, who were relatively unknown prior to their move to Dortmund.
Despite being on a shoestring budget, Klopp not only managed to take the club beyond Bayern Munich and win the German Bundesliga title twice, but he also reached the Champions League final with the same Dortmund outfit. Even though they lost the final against archrivals Bayern, the last seven years are seen as the most glorious in Dortmund’s history and it is largely because of one person. Klopp has a style of football that is similar to the likes used by Brendan Rodgers and this has been a major factor in Klopp being linked with a move to Liverpool.
He has been seen as the perfect replacement for Rodgers, who has failed to deliver even a single title in three years in charge of the club. There has been one spectacular campaign from the Reds during this period, but two seasons of mediocrity have taken the shine off the club. Rodgers said after the 6-1 defeat against Stoke City on the final day of the campaign that he would leave the club if sacked by the owners.
Klopp’s decision to take a break, though, is likely to influence John Henry’s decision at the coming end of season review in North America. Other managers like Carlo Ancelotti are available but it is looking highly likely that the Italian will rejoin AC Milan and not return to the Premier League.