James Milner blasted Liverpool team-mates during Arsenal draw, says Klopp

Arnold Nichols
November 5, 2018

In the three matches (Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea), this was a more complete game for us.

"You have a compact formation, you force Arsenal to pass the ball somewhere - that's pressing, it's not that complicated", Klopp explained.

"The first half was hard, but in the second half we were better and more physical".

"I haven't watched it back and to be honest I'm someone who is not really interested in this kind of thing", Mane said.

"One is talking - that's me - but sometimes before I start talking the boys have a few words and that's all. Millie is a proper leader".

The team is largely the same as a year ago, with only goalkeeper Bernd Leno and midfielder Lucas Torreira starting this game, having arrived in the summer. "Milly is like wine", said Klopp.

"Milly is like wine, a very good red one".

I'm sure Arsene Wenger would love to have had someone like him at the latter end of his Arsenal career to follow Patrick Vieira and Gilberto Silva. Asked in his post-match press conference whether he felt aggrieved at the goal being disallowed, he said: "I think it was a goal".

"The result tomorrow is very important but first I want to show them, to show you and to show everybody our best mentality in the game", he told reporters on Friday. Klopp then shifted from appreciation to heavy sarcasm.

Mane's form and consistent displays alongside Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah throughout last season earned him plenty of plaudits, and he has been productive once again this term.

The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Though merely eight minutes from victory in London - and despite a sarcastic tone - Klopp singled out his impact both on and off the pitch. "There are positives. Coming away from Arsenal and being disappointed with a draw is a positive, and also the amount of chances we created". But, unusually, they were going toe-to-toe with a Big Six rival and might equally have taken the lead when Henrikh Mkhitaryan failed to guide his header on target with Alisson marooned.

Arsenal are still waiting for a first statement win of the Unai Emery era, but the progress made by the Spaniard in his first three months in charge was clear to see as Liverpool left the Emirates content with a point from Saturday's thrilling 1-1 draw.

"Actually, I'm not interested in how many points Man City gets".

"We deserved it because we could have lost, but we could also have won in the 90 minutes".

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