Published: Sun, March 05, 2017
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

Brendan Rodgers Comes Out Swinging In Defence Of Liverpool Successor Jürgen Klopp

Brendan Rodgers Comes Out Swinging In Defence Of Liverpool Successor Jürgen Klopp

However, with just two wins in 12 matches in 2017 - their most recent performance a limpid 3-1 defeat by struggling champions Leicester last Monday - the heady days of topping the league in November are a distant memory.

Arsenal haven't won any of their last 11 Premier League away games against the other teams now in the top six (W0 D5 L6).

Klopp's loyalty to some players is running out, though victory Saturday and Manchester City failing to win at Sunderland on Sunday would see Liverpool in third place.

Sunderland have lost each of their last five Premier League games against Manchester City - so I fancy the Citizens to win here - especially as they have won six of their last seven games in all competitions.

Despite all that, Wenger chose not to start Alexis.

Yet when his side had been outplayed and looked toothless at two goals down after 45 minutes, Wenger evidently had no option but to bring on the livewire Chilean at halftime.

Sadio Mané has both scored and assisted in four Premier League games this season, more than any other player. Divock Origi was the only player among the Liverpool substitutes who was likely to make a difference.

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The manager insisted that Sanchez, who has 16 months left on his contract, had been dropped for tactical reasons, allowing Arsenal to change tactics and play a direct game - and that as a manager he was "strong enough and lucid enough to analyse the impact".

Arsenal, who are also without ill playmaker Mesut Ozil, occupied the fourth and last Champions League spot ahead of kick-off, a point ahead of fifth-place Liverpool.

Philippe Coutinho is a huge player for Liverpool - his header in the build-up to Firmino's opener was majestic and his movement had Arsenal chasing shadows all night. Simon Mignolet saved our lives. With that, and his creativity, Alexis' teammates were allowed to run free, get the ball in unsafe places and, in the case of Danny Welbeck, finish exquisitely.

"It was one of the best games we have played so far because the strength and the line-up of opponent", Klopp told BBC Sport. I think it's pretty hard if Barcelona make you an offer, I am not sure a player will choose you instead.

Will Arsenal park the bus or go for it?

"What was good in our second half was our collective performance, what was not good in our in first half was the collective performance".

"No game against a top team of the league was easy, not one of them". But things didn't quite go to plan: the Reds put in a limp display and allowed the demob-happy Foxes to record their first win this year.

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