By Amir Mir

Arsene Wenger believes Premier League leaders Liverpool have had it easy this season because they are not in the Champions League.

Arsenal failed to secure top spot on Sunday afternoon when they drew 1-1 with north London rivals Tottenham.

Jurgen Klopp’s side took advantage of their dropped points in the later game by thrashing Watford 6-1 at Anfield to claim first position after 11 games.

But the Gunners, who beat Ludogorets in Bulgaria five days before the Spurs fixture shared the spoils with their rivals, who lost 1-0 to Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League at Wembley.

Frenchman Wenger provided this assessment on Klopp’s Liverpool and Antonio Conte’s Chelsea, who don’t have any European football this term.

“It’s a bit easier to prepare for the games because you do not have the intensity of a Champions League game,” said Wenger, as quoted by Arsenal’s official website. “But if you ask them, both would like to play in there so you cannot complain about that.

“There’s a little physical advantage, for sure, when you play after the European weeks, but you have to live with that and I wouldn’t say that it is an excuse. Even if we are in front, it’s a small difference after 11 games – it’s very tight.”

Wenger’s side are currently fourth in the league table with 24 points as Liverpool and Chelsea occupy first and second respectively.

The other team in the top four is Manchester City, who dropped points at home to Middlesbrough on Saturday after their impressive 3-1 win at home to Barcelona in the Champions League in midweek.

In other Liverpool team news, midfielder Jordan Henderson has stated his side are not getting carried away after they moved to the top of the table.