Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has responded to critics of Trent Alexander-Arnold after his side’s win at Arsenal on Wednesday night.
Liverpool achieved a very convincing 2-0 win over Arteta’s in-form Arsenal at Emirates with goals from Diogo Jota and Liverpool.
Although Arsenal didn’t score during the game, Martinelli proved a constant threat to the Reds’ defence, often getting the better of right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold. The 23-year-old England international’s attacking skills are unquestionable, but there have been critics who have claimed he is not the team’s strongest defender.
After the 23-year-old’s stunning display against the Gunners, Jurgen Klopp hit back at his critics, insisting he “will smack them down”. The German also hailed Alexander-Arnold for facing off against Gabriel Martinelli, whom he previously praised after their FA Cup draw in January.
“Apart from the diagonal balls to Martinelli, which Trent defended incredibly – Martinelli is such a talented kid – it’s really tricky.” Klopp told Skysports after Wednesday night’s game.
“If anyone tells me Trent can’t defend himself, they come to me, I’ll knock them out. To be honest, I can’t hear it anymore. I don’t know what the boy has to do!
“Obviously both teams had periods of possession where the other team was patient and didn’t want to fold, but we had to.
“Trent did exceptionally well against Gabriel Martinelli.”
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Garry Neville considers Liverpool favorites to win the Premier League
Liverpool have been on an incredible run and with Manchester City dropping points against Crystal Palace earlier this week, the Reds are undoubtedly the favorites to win the league.
After an emphatic win over the Gunners, Garry Neville told Sky Sports he thinks Liverpool are the title favourites.
Sky Sports pundit Neville said on the Gary Neville Podcast:
“You’re in every competition, you’ve won the Carabao Cup, you’ve got five players up front who can win you every single game, you’ve got a great back four, you’ve got a great goalkeeper, the experience in midfield with Thiago, Fabinho and Henderson is huge given that Milner and obviously others will be added so there’s a lot to say that I think Liverpool could be favorites to win the title for the first time.
“And that’s a big statement from me because I’ve been saying about Manchester City all along, but what I saw on Monday night has only happened a couple of times this season, not too many. Liverpool haven’t scored just once, Manchester City haven’t scored four times in games and that might just be the difference in the end. Maybe not because Pep Guardiola is a brilliant manager and could see them home, but I wouldn’t be surprised if this Liverpool team won the title.”
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