Jürgen Klopp ready to splash out to strengthen thin Liverpool squad


Liverpool blew away Tottenham at Anfield, but then followed up with a pitiful display in their 3-1 loss at Leicester. Arsenal have not lost 14 of their last 24 away at Liverpool and I fancy them to get a result - Arsene Wenger's side have lost just three away from home all season in the Premier League!

Klopp's charges are unbeaten in eight games against other top-six teams this term (W4 D4 L0), keeping three clean sheets.

The Arsenal manager is also wary of playing his team's first game in 12 days on the back of Liverpool's poor performance at Leicester after a similar break between games.

Maybe Arsenal would have lost regardless - likely, considering Liverpool haven't lost to a top six team all season and this match was at Anfield - but now there's a clear terrible decision on his part that killed nearly any chance they had.

Alexis Sanchez started Saturday's game behind Arsene Wenger on the bench rather than on the pitch.

But they were back in contention after 56 minutes - and it was Sanchez who created the goal.

Sadio Mané has both scored and assisted in four Premier League games this season, more than any other player. But not when the best player on the team is sitting for no reason.

An Arsenal win at Anfield would see them move four points clear of Liverpool, and with a game in hand, would consolidate their hold on what is at the moment the fourth and last Champions League place.

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. The 67-year-old has announced he will make a decision with both his own and his club's interests at heart.

"We had problems getting into the rhythm of the first half", Wenger told BT Sport. "It was a game of two halves In the second half we responded very well and could have come back to 2-2".

Liverpool were so insipid in losing 3-1 at Leicester that Klopp was obliged to defend his players over suggestions they were physically intimidated and could not cope with the directness of their opponents. For us, this kind of game at Liverpool is of course an opportunity that we want to take. Is Simon Mignolet on the transfer block? Substitutes: Alexis Sanchez (for Coquelin, 46) 7, Lucas Perez (for Giroud, 74) 5, Theo Walcott (for Welbeck, 74) 5. Europa League football is looking all the more likely as each week goes by.

Arsenal have struggled against their top-six rivals - particularly on the road - and when you go to Anfield it is all about trying to ride out the storm.

By the time the Frenchman corrected his mistake for the start of the second half the hosts were already ahead 2-0.