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Jurgen Klopp names two players who are key to Arsenal title challenge

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has identified two exceptional players who are pushing Arsenal in the Premier League title race

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Following Liverpool’s 2-0 loss to Everton on Wednesday, manager Jurgen Klopp has highlighted Arsenal’s defensive stability, underpinned by the performances of William Saliba and Gabriel Magalhaes, as a pivotal factor in the Premier League title race. 

The defeat sees Liverpool trailing behind league leaders Arsenal by three points, and one point behind second-placed Manchester City.

Liverpool’s recent form has been a cause for concern, with just two wins in their last six outings across all competitions, including an exit from the Europa League at the hands of Atalanta. Klopp attributed this downturn to injuries within his squad, stressing the importance of fitness and availability.

Speaking about his team’s inconsistency, Klopp acknowledged various factors contributing to their struggles, including fatigue among players who have been heavily relied upon. Drawing a comparison to Arsenal’s defensive duo, Klopp hinted at the impact of injuries on Liverpool’s attacking prowess, emphasizing the challenges of integrating players returning from injury seamlessly into high-intensity matches.

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“Players who played all the games are not that fresh,” said Jurgen Klopp. “But that is for other teams the same. I don’t want to use that as an excuse, really, as long as the boys are fit, not injured, that helps.

“Let me say, Gabriel and [William] Saliba played all the games for Arsenal. Did they play a little bit less than us? I don’t even know 100 per cent but they played a lot of games as well.

“Coming back from injury obviously is then slightly different, because of the intensity, the game is not waiting for you. Up front it is a super-intense job to do, always high sprint, always go, go, go and that we cannot change [players] there is difficult.”

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Furthermore, Klopp expressed his frustration with the timing of injuries and the resultant reliance on inexperienced players, highlighting the difficulties faced when key personnel are unavailable. Despite the setbacks, Klopp reiterated the team’s objective of securing victories to bolster their standing in the league and remain competitive in Europe.

Looking ahead, Klopp understands the need for Arsenal and Manchester City to falter, coupled with Liverpool’s resurgence, to maintain their title aspirations. He stressed the importance of clinical finishing and urged his players to regain their scoring touch to reverse their recent fortunes.

“We need a crisis at [Manchester] City and Arsenal, and need to win football games, because if they start now losing all the games and we do what we did tonight, nothing changed. And we are not safe in the Champions League as well so we should just play better football.

“You can see we are in a rush in front of the goal, you can see that. It’s long ago but I blame a little bit the [Manchester] United game for it; that many chances and you play really good but you don’t get anything for it. That’s really bad.”

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