Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp reckons that Arsenal’s summer transfer business has made contenders for the Premier League crown.
The only two teams to still boast a 100% record this season in Klopp’s Liverpool and Arsenal will go head-to-head this evening.
Many fans and pundits alike got their money on the Reds taking all three points at Anfield. After all, they did finish 27 points above Arsenal in last season’s Premier League and thrashed them 5-1 during their previous meeting.
While Klopp and Liverpool were basking in the glory of their European success over the summer, however, Arsenal embarked on one of their biggest ever spending sprees.
The Gunners spent a total of €152.40m in signing the likes of Nicolas Pepe, David Luiz and Kieran Tierney. They’ve since begun the new campaign brightly, with two victories over Newcastle United and Burnley.
Therefore, Klopp has “zero doubt” that Arsenal are stronger compared to last season.
“They have recruited amazing talent this summer,” the German coach wrote in Liverpool’s matchday programme.
“It’s one of the reasons why I haven’t liked the ‘external’ focus in pre-season being on just a couple of clubs contesting for honours this season.
“To me, this made no sense at all. It’s complete nonsense if you don’t view this Arsenal, with this manager [Unai Emery], as being one of the best teams in the country.
“They have everything required to go the distance. I think it’s why we are in for such an exciting season in the Premier League.
“The good news for me and the staff here at Liverpool is that our players do not need reminding today that they face a world-class opponent.”
Liverpool, meanwhile, only spent €1.90m this summer’s transfer window. However, Klopp’s men have got off to another strong start to the season by winning their first two league matches.
The Anfield showdown between Liverpool and Arsenal will begin at 18:30 (CET).
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) August 24, 2019