Liverpool handed major boost ahead of Arsenal game

"I believe in the second half it was easier for the strikers and you could see a different performance from Giroud and Welbeck because we dominated the midfield much more".

Jürgen Klopp is ready to spend in the summer on up to six players to strengthen the Liverpool squad, even if competing with Chelsea and the Manchester clubs for transfer targets is likely to mean paying out more than ever before.

"You have to trust there is going to be hard periods and, with all due respect, Liverpool probably have the fifth highest budget in the Premier League".

"If you have that many players not at their usual level each Premier League game will be hard".

The German was staggered by how many of his starting XI had poor games in Monday's insipid 3-1 defeat at Leicester and insisted he is taking it seriously.

Arsene Wenger says he does not "regret" his choice not to start Alexis Sanchez against Liverpool on Saturday evening and revealed he made the decision because he wanted a more "direct" approach from his Arsenal side.

Liverpool have shown their inconsistency throughout the season, dismantling Tottenham 2-nil in early February before being dominated 3-1 by a struggling Leicester City in their past fixture.

Klopp, however, has mastered the art of overcoming Liverpool's closest rivals and this may yet be the key to achieving the top four place that was the goal before the start of the season.

"We had problems getting into the rhythm of the first half", Wenger told BT Sport.

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

The Reds have only kept two clean sheets in their last 22 Premier League games against the Gunners and none in their 10 meetings at Anfield since a 1-0 win in February 2006.

Liverpool were helped by Philippe Coutinho's best display since he returned from a seven-week absence with an ankle injury, while Ragnar Klavan offered a more physical defensive presence than Lucas, dropped after the Leicester debacle.

"For us, this kind of game like Liverpool is of course an opportunity that we want to take". It's the rollercoaster of the Premier League. There are indeed several players on Liverpool playing for their future at Anfield down the stretch here. "We are working on it already - we might need between two and six players".

The goal wasn't exactly the type of beauty that makes you smile regardless of club allegiances. They have conceded three to Chelsea and five to Bayern Munich in the space of their last four encounters alone.

Will Arsenal park the bus or go for it?

"While you're winning, you don't go".

  • Delores Daniels