Jurgen Klopp: What I really think about form of Arsenal and Chelsea
The Liverpool manager analyses the form of Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur in the title race
Jurgen Klopp has pointed to the form of Chelsea and Arsenal in an impassioned defence of Liverpool’s recent performances.
The Merseyside outfit suffered a surprise 3-2 loss to Premier League strugglers Swansea City at Anfield at the weekend following goals from Fernando Llorente and Gylfi Sigurdsson in the second half.
Arsenal weren’t entirely convincing in their 2-1 win against Burnley after a dramatic end to the Premier League clash at the Emirates Stadium following Shkodran Mustafi’s opener.
Granit Xhaka’s red card offered the visitors hope and Burnley were level in added time after Andre Grey converted from the penalty spot, only for Alexis Sanchez to net with a spot-kick of his own deep into injury time.
Chelsea, meanwhile, dug deep to edge past Hull City 2-0 in an unconvincing performance at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon.
Arsenal hoisted themselves above Liverpool into second place thanks to their win, while Chelsea are 10 points clear of the 18-time English champions.
However, Klopp insists Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham aren’t in top gear, much like his Liverpool outfit.
“Who expects to play their best football in the middle of January? Just look at the weekend,” Klopp told The Guardian. “Did Chelsea have 20 shots on target? No.
“Arsenal won in the last minute, Tottenham I think had already lost but then came back into the game because City didn’t use all their chances, didn’t get a penalty and all that stuff. Nobody is having an easy moment, we all have the first part of the season in our legs. If we were fresher now than in August or September we would have done everything wrong.
“Who thought that this season we had to be champions otherwise we cannot enjoy the season? How can I help this person? How? What can I do? We’re still close enough to fight for nearly everything.”