By Alex Stevens
Thierry Henry has claimed Arsenal “should be worried” by Liverpool’s demolition of Barcelona on Saturday evening.
The Merseysiders thrashed the Spanish champions 4-0 in front of a Wembley full house with a sensational display that laid down a marker for the new Premier League season.
Arsenal legend Henry, who recently left the club’s coaching staff, believes the manner of Liverpool’s display is ominous for Arsene Wenger’s team ahead of the Premier League opener between the two clubs at Emirates Stadium next Sunday.
Henry was on punditry duty at Wembley and, asked by Sky Sports if Arsenal should be worried watching Jurgen Klopp’s team tear apart a strong Barcelona, he said: “I would be [worried about Liverpool|. I would be worried to play that Liverpool side I’ve seen today. The only positive thing for me is that the game is at the Emirates.”
Barcelona, who included Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Javier Mascherano in their starting X1, were comprehensively dispatched by a virtual full-strength Liverpool team.
Sadio Mane opened the scoring with a brilliantly taken opener before a Mascherano own goal and a strike from substitute Divock Origi early in the second half put the game out of reach for the La Liga champions.
Another substitute Marko Grujic added the fourth in stoppage time with a wonderful header to the delight of Jurgen Klopp on the sideline.
Klopp described the win as “special” but pointed out that Barcelona returned to pre-season training a week behind his team and further behind in their preparations for the new campaign.
In other Liverpool news, Klopp has revived his bid to sign a Euro 2016 winner as he prepares to table a new offer.