Arsenal 'owe themselves a performance', says Wenger
- Author: Zachary Reyes Mar 03, 2017,
Mar 03, 2017, 19:16
The 27-year-old England worldwide missed the Reds' lamentable 3-1 Premier League defeat at Leicester City on Monday through illness and his long-term prospects appear bleak, as he has become an increasingly peripheral figure under the Liverpool manager.
Yet, Klopp may decide to make some changes to his side after their poor display, and here are THREE players who should be dropped ahead of the visit of Arsenal on Saturday...
Jurgen Klopp's men have been eliminated from both domestic cup competitions and have slipped out of the Premier League's top four.
Mohamed Elneny joined Santi Cazorla in the recovery room with an ankle injury he picked up against Sutton United, while Mesut Ozil is doubtful as he left training early due to illness.
"Arsene Wenger (Arsenal): "[Playing Liverpool] is always high intensity, very competitive.
Following a string of disappointing results in 2017, Liverpool find themselves in fifth position in the league and a point off a Champions League spot. "That we go to just start on a positive attitude - for the rest of the season, of course it will have vital consequences".
"But against Leicester the first ball went five yards away from his foot and you thought 'what's that?!' It started like this and couldn't get any better".
And the Liverpool boss insists he is positive heading into the game against Arsenal this weekend, even if he can not say he feels the same as he did when the season kicked off back in August.
"I never force my players to make fouls".
Mark Lawrenson has predicted a win for old club Liverpool against Arsenal on Saturday evening, despite believing they are too weak mentally alongside not having a plan b.
"We all love Jurgen Klopp and think he is a great character, he's brought a lot to the Premier League, but at the end of the day, Liverpool football club want to be winning trophies again".
Arsenal are now 13 points off top spot in the Premier League and on the brink of a seventh straight last 16 exit in the Champions League.
Lukaku, meanwhile, has now scored 77 goals before his 24th birthday, as many as Cristiano Ronaldo managed by that stage.
Should Liverpool win this game then it would be their 50th home league win over Arsenal. "I am 100 percent optimistic again".
Liverpool are Sky Bet's even-money favourites for the victory with Arsenal 5/2 while the draw is priced at 13/5.
Firmino is also excited to be reunited with attacking partners Philippe Coutinho and Sadio Mane.