Liverpool v Arsenal now more complicated for Klopp and easier for Arteta Opinion

Liverpool v Arsenal now more complicated for Klopp and easier for Arteta

Liverpool v Arsenal now more complicated for Klopp and easier for Arteta

Reaching the Carabao Cup quarter-final after beating Bournemouth has made preparing for Arsenal to visit Anfield a whole lot more complicated for Jurgen Klopp.

The man of the moment, Darwin Nunez, scored a sensational goal to seal a win over the Cherries and guide his side into the next round.

Deservedly so the 24-year-old has been praised far and wide. However, by reaching the quarter-final of the Carabao Cup, Liverpool now face a more congested run of games in December.

It's the price of success unfortunately but Klopp's preparations now mean that Liverpool will have a more intense week prior to facing Arsenal.

Liverpool face West Ham in the Carabao Cup on 19 December before Arsenal make the trip to Anfield in the Premier League on 23 December.

Klopp will have four days to prepare his side to face Arsenal. After losing to the Hammers 3-0 in the Round of 16 clash at the London Stadium on Wednesday, Mikel Arteta's side is not in the next round.

This could prove to be a blessing for the Londoners as facing a Liverpool side not at 100% is exactly what they would hope for in the race to win the Premier League.

Arsenal v Liverpool in December could be a crucial fixture to keep an eye on

With just four days separating the West Ham and Arsenal games, it will be a bit of a headache for Klopp. That said, this is why managers ensure they have large squads.

There are a few areas, like defensive midfield, left back and centre-back that need reinforcing, but Klopp has a strong squad as he has shown this season.

The German has also ensured that by rotating players regularly, those that don't start still have what Klopp often refers to as "match rhythm."

In attack, though, Liverpool have several high quality options with Diogo Jota and Mohamed Salah the most prolific of the club's current attackers in games against Arsenal.

Jota has seven goals against the Gunners while Salah has eight.

In fact, games between the two sides have often been rife with goals. According to World Football, Liverpool have scored the greater share with 350 goals, conceding 302.

Arteta has done an excellent job, transforming Arsenal into an incredible side on the precipice of crossing the threshold into elite.

With Liverpool 2.0 gaining momentum, beating Arsenal could truly propel the Reds back above their London rivals to become the favourites to stop Manchester City's bid to win the league three seasons consecutively.

2023/24 season holds a lot of promise for Liverpool fans hoping for success

The Reds are unbeaten in the Europa League and Carabao Cup and are within three points of league leaders Spurs. All things considered, it's safe to assume Klopp would be quite happy with the start to the season.

Having reached the Carabao Cup quarter-final, Liverpool have a genuine chance to overcome West Ham to book their place in a semi-final.

Winning it gives a team a huge boost of confidence mid-season which could be pivotal to ensuring Liverpool have the momentum to carry them through the Premier League title race.

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