Liverpool vs Arsenal: Safe from the sack for now, Jurgen Klopp looks to revive Liverpool with win over title-chasing Arsenal
It is fair to say that most liverpool Fans will look forward to seeing the back of this season.
After an energy-sapping quadruple chase last term, Jurgen Klopp’s side appear to have run out of steam and ideas as they sit eighth in the Premier League and are out of all three cup competitions.
Now 13 points away from the top four, V Champions League Next season of football is looking an increasingly unlikely prospect, as the team have lost three of their league matches – four in total, including a loss to Real Madrid – since then. Beat Manchester United 7-0.
In a league that is often only too happy to sack managers at the first sign of trouble, it is worth noting that Liverpool’s owners have kept faith so far and are likely to continue to do so for the foreseeable future.
But after this Premier League record 12 dismissalsThis season – with Leicester City’s Brendan Rodgers and Chelsea’s Graham Potter the latest victims – even Klopp joked about his job being in danger.
“The elephant in the room is probably why am I still sitting here in this crazy world? Last man standing,” German told reporters earlier in the week.
Despite this season’s struggles, however, you’d be hard-pressed to find a Liverpool supporter in favor of sacking Klopp.
The 55-year-old has transformed the club brilliantly since arriving eight years ago, taking the team from mid-table to the pinnacle of English and European football.
It is precisely this success, achieved with an exciting brand of football to boot, that has earned Klopp the brownie points needed to give Klopp time to mend the current situation with fans and club owners.
But while his job is safe for now, even the most patient of employers has his limits.
It is likely that Liverpool will have to show some improvement between now and the end of the season to prove that Klopp can coach the team out of this slump, which he did in his final months in charge of Borussia Dortmund. was unable
Next up on this brutal part of the fixture ArsenalA team Liverpool aspired to be in the league this season.
The Gunners’ success, achieved with an entertaining style of play, was something Klopp was quick to praise ahead of Sunday’s clash.
“Michael has been building this team for a couple of years now and obviously the result is very impressive,” Klopp told reporters on Friday. LFC.com. “The way they play is fun to watch, honestly, it’s very lively, really good football, top players on the pitch, good match plans.
“It’s not exactly what you can say about us right now, so it shows you what the situation is. But at least for a while we can mention again, this is Anfield.
“So, we are at home and still have to show reaction after reaction after reaction – we have to – and improve. That is exactly what we will strive for on Sunday. ”
Klopp said that building on the “good moments” Liverpool have enjoyed in recent games – even if they have been few and far between – will be key to earning a result, but that will be easier to do against an Arsenal side whose first Premier League appearance in 19 Over the years the league crown in its sights.
However, Arsenal have struggled badly at Anfield in recent years, winning just one of their last 10 matches in Liverpool’s backyard, losing seven, drawing two and winning one.
Arsenal’s last win at Anfield came in 2012, a game Arteta started, but the Gunners boss is confident his side have the ability to snap that poor run of form at Anfield.
“We’ve gone to some grounds this season where we haven’t won in 17, 18 and 22 years and we’ve managed to do that,” he told reporters, per Arsenal.com. “So we are capable [winning at Anfield]That’s for sure.
“We really need to embrace the moment and go for it. The team is full of enthusiasm and positivity and we know we have a big challenge, but I see a big opportunity to go to Anfield and do something we haven’t done for many years. That’s what’s been driving the team these past few days.
“It’s very, very difficult, so we know, and on Sunday we have an opportunity to do something that we’ve done in the last two or three years, to win in places that the team hasn’t done for many. , several years.”