Liverpool vs Arsenal: No Mind Games From Emery, Klopp Says

Jurgen Klopp, manager of Liverpool FC has debunked stories that Arsenal’s head coach is playing mind games ahead of the showdown on Saturday. The Reds are six points clear at the top of the table going into the weekend and are yet to be beaten in the Premier League this season. According to Emery, he believes Liverpool would be able to emulate the 2003 to 2004 Arsenal’s invincibles.

Klopp, when asked if Emery was piling up the pressure on Liverpool in preparation for the match said, “That is not how I know Unai Emery”. He further said, “I don’t think they will have the white flag and say ‘no chance’. It will be a really tough game because they are good. That is all I am interested in and all the rest is a nice little game where people respond to your questions and you make stories of the answers. We are focused on ourselves and that is all”.

Klopp was later asked what it would take for Liverpool to actually beat Arsenal and not play out a 1-1 draw like their previous showdown. He replied saying, “Play much better than we did at Arsenal, for example – that would be a good idea because, especially defending wise, we weren’t as good as we can be, or we were after that. I think it was a period where we didn’t do too well. They are strong, good with the ball and very lively. Their counter-attacks are crazy quick—Aubameyang and Lacazette are an outstanding striker couple up front. It will be difficult”. Klopp has called for an improvement this weekend in the next showdown against Arsenal so as to avoid the Arsenal-Liverpool previous stalemate.

Although Liverpool is six points clear and at the top of the table, Jurgën Klopp says there’s still a lot of work to be done.

United and Arsenal looking for better form

mourinho upset manunitedThe second round of the EPL proved to be bad for two of the teams that were favourites at the title. Manchester United failed to get even one point with Brighton, while Arsenal failed in two major tests – at home with Man City and with Chelsea, away.

If for Arsenal there are mitigating circumstances, Man United is in a more difficult situation. Asked by SkySports what he thinks about the atmosphere at United, the former Devils player, Lee Sharpe, summed up: “I expect Mourinho to be sacked by Christmas”.

Lee Sharpe added: “The atmosphere is not a good one. Ever since he came, Mourinho is moaning about the players. In Ferguson’s time, all these things were kept away from the press and solved in the coach’s office or in the locker room. Now it’s different and I do not think that’s good for the team”. For the full interview, click here.

Although it has a very valuable squad, United does not seem to find the rhythm. Even worse, Mourinho is facing next a really tough match against Tottenham. Lately, there have been rumours that Pogba is in open conflict with Mourinho, which was denied by the Portuguese. But Danny Mills says neither Alex Ferguson would tolerate Pogba problems. The Frenchman was sold to Juventus in 2012 by Ferguson and then bought back to Manchester by Mourinho. It seems that the problem is not one of the coach vs the player, but rather of the club vs the player.

Anyway, Manchester United will have to regroup and make an honourable figure against Tottenham. Man United vs Tottenham is live on Skysports and also online.

Arsenal plays against West Ham in a match that should bring the first three points to the Gunners. It remains to be seen if they will be able to cross the saddle of the first two stages when they were defeated by two top teams.
Zero points after matches with Chelsea and Man City mean that Arsenal still has to wait until they can really enter in the title fight. Unai Emery “managed” to lose the first two matches of the season, a situation not seen at Arsenal since 1986.
Even so, nobody is still challenging the position of the Spanish coach, but Emery will have a huge task on his shoulders. Arsenal vs. West Ham will play on August 25th, at 15:00 GMT on Emirates. The Gunners are very much in need of the three points, a victory being essential to keeping a good moral.