Arsenal fans attack Wenger was Liverpool score twice
- Author: Zachary Reyes Mar 05, 2017,
Mar 05, 2017, 5:39
That match was a thrilling encounter which Jurgen Klopp's side edged 4-3.
The 28-year-old's future was already uncertain before Saturday's events and Wenger risked angering his star forward further by claiming the former Barcelona man's development is down his management. Earlier, Manchester United play Bournmouth and if they win - they will be guaranteed fifth place before the end of this weekends action in the Premier League. "It was a unusual game to leave him out of, it baffled me". "But on Friday I knew we could win".
"We lost at Everton and City after being 1-0 up and it was because we were not proactive after we went ahead - we were too passive", he said.
Two of the English top flight's most in-form strikers could go head-to-head on Sunday with the meeting of Tottenham and Everton. For us, this kind of game at Liverpool is of course an opportunity that we want to take. People have been talking about the boss but he has done a remarkable job since he has been at Arsenal and I think he deserves respect.
The Chilean global was introduced at half time with the visitors trailing 2-0, and while he showed the difference he makes nearly immediately with an assist for Danny Welbeck's strike, by then the damage was done and Arsenal slumped to a defeat.
"Usually, you win games and you lose against the big teams because at the beginning, when they are at a higher level, they are smarter and more experienced and you lose the games".
The Arsenal manager, whose future at the Emirates is a subject of speculation, took the surprising decision to name Sanchez to the bench, bringing on the Chilean global at half-time.
Seven months later, it is clear those results were an eerie foreshadowing of how Liverpool's season would play out.
"We have to focus on our next game, we have a game in hand and things can change quickly", he said. However, if Klopp doesn't begin to work on restricting the threat of weaker opposition rather than focusing nearly all of Liverpool's work - both offensively and defensively - in the opposition half he may run the risk of facing the same criticism the Frenchman has for years and one that has certainly played its part in Arsenal's inability to sustain a title bid. It's the roller coaster of the Premier League.
There is one other sobering statistic for Klopp to consider; after 55 matches in charge, he has amassed 94 points, three fewer than his predecessor Brendan Rodgers had managed at the same stage of his reign. And the ever-lethal Mane didn't fluff his lines, emphatically finishing five minutes from half-time to put the hosts two goals to the good.