Klopp makes surprising Sanchez claim after Liverpool win over Arsenal
By Danny Wright
Jurgen Klopp has made the shock claim that his Liverpool side were worse off by Arsene Wenger’s decision to leave Alexis Sanchez out of the starting line-up.
The Liverpool boss revealed that he did all of his pre-match preparation in expectation that Sanchez would be playing the full 90 minutes.
However, Wenger shocked both sets of fans, as well as Klopp, with his decision to drop the Chilean attacker and most dangerous player to the bench for his side’s 3-1 loss to the Reds.
“We always make the analysis without knowing who is playing. You can imagine, we did it with Alexis Sanchez in the line-up, but then when [Olivier] Giroud is on the pitch, it’s a different game because they cross more often,” said Klopp, as quoted by the London Evening Standard.
“For us, it was not a big advantage; as I said, Alexis had a big impact on the game, but because we had to adapt to it. If he starts, then we could have already a better solution from the beginning.”
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Sanchez made his way on to the pitch in the place of Francis Coquelin at the start of the second half and assisted Danny Welbeck’s goal which helped get the Gunners back in the game after Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane opened the scoring in the first half.
With Arsenal pushing for an equaliser, Liverpool capitalised in the 90th minute when Georginio Wijnaldum rounded off a swift counter attacker to make it 3-1 to the Merseyside club.
The victory saw Liverpool leapfrog Arsenal and move into third place in the Premier League standings.
Wenger’s side dropped to fifth due to the result and if they were to finish outside of the Champions League qualification places this season it would be their worst finish to a season since 1995/96 when they ended up in fifth.
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