Saturday 21 September 2019

Unai Emery: Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool can be the new 'Invincibles'

 

Xherdan Shaqiri and Sadio Mane in relaxed mood yesterday during Liverpool training at Melwood. Photo: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images
Xherdan Shaqiri and Sadio Mane in relaxed mood yesterday during Liverpool training at Melwood. Photo: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images

Chris Bascombe

Arsenal manager Unai Emery has tipped Liverpool to become the new "Invincibles" as he appealed for the time and patience to emulate Jurgen Klopp's rebuilding job at Anfield.

While Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren suggested Klopp has "completed the puzzle" to construct a "perfect" title-challenging squad, Emery offered his assessment of the club's progress under the German.

Emery's Sevilla team beat Liverpool in the Europa League final in 2016, eight months after Klopp took charge. Ahead of tomorrow's clash between the two teams, the Spaniard gave his verdict on Klopp's table toppers when asked whether Arsenal's unbeaten Premier League campaign of 2004 could be matched.

"Liverpool can do that because they are doing it at the moment," said Emery. "The progression with Liverpool is clear. Three years ago, they were out of the Champions League, through the Premier League and through the Europa League, because they lost against us (Sevilla).

"I look then, at this progress, in this process and they are a very good example. I am also looking with the coaches at how we are now. We need to be very demanding of ourselves to do this step quickly in our way. We also need time and patience."

Liverpool extended their lead to six points with a 4-0 St Stephen's Day win over Newcastle and travel to Arsenal tomorrow before by a pivotal trip to Manchester City on Thursday.

Lovren says the evolution of the squad since Klopp took over has created the winning formula.

"There are quite a lot of players still here and it was like a puzzle, you just keep bringing these players you missed and now I think it's a perfect match," he said. "You feel that in the squad, it's how it should be. There has always been something missing all these years but I think now we have everything. "There's no pressure, to be honest. In the previous years, yes, but now when you look in the dressing room, when you go into Melwood in the morning, everybody is happy, nobody talks about anything else than the next game. We can't talk about something that will happen in five or six months. We go game by game and we will see where we finish."

Meanwhile, Mo Salah faces no action for his role in winning a penalty against Newcastle, from which he scored. Salah was fouled in the box by Paul Dummett. Despite accusations of simulation, it was not deemed worthy of punishment. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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