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Gary Neville CONFESSES he ‘was wrong’, Reds made him eat his words

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Gary Neville had suggested on previous occasions that Liverpool were on a declining path. That the heights the Reds had reached in previous seasons would be difficult to match.

However, the former Man United right back has now, in a stunning admission, backpedaled from his statement. The reason for this is due to what Liverpool did over the weekend.

Due to Liverpool FC’s latest addition to the silverware cabinet at Anfield, Gary Neville has said he was ‘wrong’.

Gary Neville: Manchester United yet to be tested this season

Neville was a manager for few months at Spanish side Valencia

The Reds won their historic ninth League Cup when they beat Chelsea on penalties by 10-11. Regardless of the result, the match was a thriller and one for the history books despite ending scoreless.

Thanks to Kepa Arrizabalaga absolutely sky-ing his penalty, Liverpool just edged it in the shoot-out.

Watch: Kepa fires penalty over the bar after Chelsea keeper was brought on  for Carabao Cup final shootout vs Liverpool | Goal.com

Kepa’s missed penalty was the last in 21 consecutive penalties scored

Such a victory will add a huge boost to Klopp’s team’s morale, after they put themselves just 6 points behind City. Although, the Reds have an extra game in hand.

Neville said back during the start of the season: “They are not the team they were two years ago. They are a good team by the way – they will win a lot of games. They’ll go close.”

Like most of his contemporaries, the ex-England defender had expected Liverpool to out for the count this season. Nevertheless, Liverpool bounced back this season in stunning form after a troublesome last season.

In a massive backpedal, Neville has eaten up his words. “I thought Liverpool were in decline,” he said.

“I thought Liverpool were in decline.”

“In decline from a very, very high place. They were one of the best teams that you’ll see in Premier League a few years ago when they won it.

“What I think they’ve done is dip off that level a little bit, but now it feels like they’re coming back and they could have an incredible season this year.

“They could go on to win the Premier League, they’re still in the Champions League, they’ve obviously got a trophy to play for today – I think the winner of this trophy today will be in good stead for the rest of the season.”

 

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Klopp, Pep sing each other’s praises ahead of English ‘El Clasico’

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Just before Sunday’s all crucial fixture, Jurgen Klopp has showered his rival Pep Guardiola in high praises. The German has called his Spanish compatriot Pep Guardiola the best manager in the world.

Not sure many Reds fans would agree with that one, though. The Gaffer’s comments came after Pep Guardiola jokingly admitted to overthinking allegations in the Champions League.

Klopp defends Pep Guardiola in the press

Guardiola commented that the solution to his overthinking might be to just ‘play with 12 players.’ This comes as City have blown away their huge lead in the league over Liverpool from the start of the year.

Jurgen Klopp when asked about Guardiola’s comments, he went onto explain what Pep actually meant. Read what the German said below.

“It was ironic! I saw there was a story in Ecuador this week which claimed I didn’t understand Luis Diaz. You[journalists] have a responsibility on this planet.

Klopp has previously said the pair have a ‘respectful relationship’

If you want to talk to us then please do us a favour and help us. Pep said ironically, ‘I overthink, and I like overthinking’.”

Not only this, the German then went onto claim Guardiola is the best manager in the world.

“Pep is the best coach in the world. I think we would all agree on that and it might be a coincidence that it didn’t work out in the Champions League so far. If anybody doubts him, I have no idea how that could happen.”

The Bromance goes both ways, as well. Pep has several times termed Klopp’s Liverpool as the toughest team he’s ever encountered.

Guardiola says Klopp makes world football a ‘better place’

When asked about he thinks of Klopp’s comments, Pep denied that he thinks he’s the best. He further said he’d love to have a drink with the German if City won the game, jokingly.

“Jurgen makes world football a better place to live. His message, he is a huge competitor.”

Over the likes of SAF’s Man United, Jose’s Madrid and Inter, and even Simeone’s Atleti. Needless to say, Klopp rightly deserves that praise. Out of all those managers, Klopp has the best record against Guardiola.

Many have termed this game as the biggest in recent English history and dubbed the English ‘El Clasico’.

The duo are evenly tied at 9 wins each and 4 draws out of their 22 encounters throughout the years. The game is setting up to be a potential title decider with Liverpool in red hot form currently.

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Match Report: Two tight finishes see Liverpool get over Arsenal

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It was a game of close margins as two close finishes from Jota and Firmino saw Liverpool through against Arsenal. Check out the match report, opinions and tweets from last night’s game here!

Arsenal 0-2 Liverpool: Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino fire Reds to within  one point of leaders Man City | Football News | Sky Sports

Diogo Jota always loves playing against Arsenal

A game of narrow margins and Jurgen Klopp’s Reds always know how to pull off results out of those. In the blink of an eye, two neat finishes of the highest order changed the complexion of the game in the span of eight minutes.

The first half of the game was even, as many had expected but without any goals. One could say Arsenal were even the better team till the first goal, but goals are the most vital.

At the 54th minute mark, a pinpoint threaded pass by Thiago Alcantara found its way to Jota.

The Portuguese was running at the Arsenal defense and kept doing so, before smashing the ball into a small pocket of space left by Ramsdale near post.

Diogo Jota has scored seven times against Arsenal since moving to Liverpool, with 5 of those at the Emirates. He truly loves himself a game against the Gunners, doesn’t he?

Just a little later, Firmino put in a cheeky outside boot to finish off the game. Robertson got the ball after a failed clearance by Saka, and the left-back ran with the ball till he put it on a platter for the Brazilian, who finished it with rather ease.

Arsenal are a good team, it’s certainly a fact that Arteta’s changed their whole outlook and aura. However, Liverpool never seemed to be moved or at unease during the whole game and they showed it in the 2nd half.

Almost as if this was a game between Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool of 16/17 versus the current one. A team in the ascendancy against a team settled, sure of itself and brimming with the demeanor of champions.

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MATCHDAY: Liverpool go to the Emirates in crucial title fixture

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Read up the matchday preview as Liverpool visit the Emirates in one of their most crucial games in the league. Liverpool’s trip to Emirates is set up to be increasingly important in the upcoming title race.

Matchday Preview: Liverpool travel away to the Emirates to face Arsenal

Liverpool will be going away to the Emirates to keep up their push for the Premier League this season. If they snatch a win here, they can in touching distance of the league leaders.

The Reds currently sit at second place in the league, a point less than leaders Man City. However, since Pep’s team played a goalless draw against Crystal Palace earlier this week, Reds have their best chance to close the distance.

Arsenal vs. Liverpool: Preview, Team News, and Ways to Watch - The Liverpool  Offside

Liverpool beat Arsenal by a margin of two goals in their last game against each other in the EFL Cup

Arsenal, on the other hand, will be looking to cement their top four spot ahead of Man United. Arteta’s men are impressing on all fronts recently, as proven by their 5 consecutive win streak in the league.

Fans are gearing up for the game to be a cracker, with immense attacking talent on display on both sides.

Venue: The Emirates

Time: 8:15 pm local time

Referee: Michael Oliver

Team News

Reds supporters will be delighted to hear that Moh Salah is back in contention for the game, possibly. All this comes after the Egyptian suffered a foot injury in Liverpool’s weekend game against Brighton.

However, It still remains to be seen whether he can make the starting XI or not. If not, Klopp will have to choose between Jota or Firmino.

Regardless of Moh Salah making the lineup tonight or not, Liverpool still boast a frightening frontline. A trio consisting of Mane, Diaz and either of Jota or Firmino isn’t something to laugh at.

Possible Starting XIs

Liverpool: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Thiago; Salah, Mane, Diaz

Arsenal: Ramsdale; Cedric, White, Gabriel, Tierney; Odegaard, Partey, Xhaka; Saka, Lacazette, Martinelli

Result Prediction: Liverpool to edge it out at the Emirates

Arsenal 2 – 3 Liverpool

While Arsenal have been on an impressive run as of late, Liverpool are on an even better streak. With the Reds clicking at the right time of the season, we expect them to exploit Arsenal’s defensive woes.

The Gunners have been left exposed at times at the back due to their high press up the pitch. Opponents haven’t fully cashed in on that weakness, but Jurgen Klopp and his men are a different caliber altogether.

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