Sadio Mane, Georginio Wijnaldum, Granit Xhaka, Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez keen to impress in today’s big game
The big game today sees Liverpool travel to London to face Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal at the Emirates.
Whilst the Gunners ended last season second and had the last laugh over rivals Tottenham it was a disappointing season – especially considering that Chelsea and the two Manchester clubs failed to impress which left them with their best chance to win the title in years.
Liverpool struggled in the league finishing a frustrating eighth in a strange season that saw them sack Brendan Rodgers in October 2015 and replace him with Jurgen Kopp.
The German is an interesting man – he had spent seven years at Mainz 05 and Borussia Dortmund as their manager/head coach and is a very outgoing person who fans love.
He won two league titles with Dortmund and in the 2011/12 season they won the double, then the following season they got to the final of the Champions League only to lose to rivals Bayern Munich in London.
Last season he led ‘Pool to the final of the League Cup and Europa League but unfortunately for the Merseyside club they lost both of them – those defeats and their poor league finish means that there is no Europe this year!
Klopp will be looking to finish in the Champions League spots and maybe have some cup success.
Over the summer the club have been busy! They have signed Sadio Mane for £36 million from Southampton, Georginio Wijnaldum for £25 million from Newcastle, Mainz’s young German keeper Loris Karius for £4.7 million as well as Ragnar Klavan, Joel Matip and ex-Gunner Alex Manninger.
They have also offloaded Jordan Ibe for £15 million to Bournemouth, Martin Skertel to Fenerbache for £5 million and Joe Allen to Stoke for £13 million.
Liverpool are 10s to finally end the long running drought for a Premier League title with Daniel Sturridge at 25s to finish the top flight’s top scorer.
They are 9/4 to win any major trophy, 66s to win the Premier league and one of the FA Cup or League Cup.
Meanwhile Arsenal are 13/2 to lift their first title since 2003/04 – the same year that Jose Mourinho won the Champions League with Porto.
Once again Arsenal fans can feel a little frustrated at Wenger’s lack of investment – their one big money signing so far is Granit Xhaka from Borussia Monchengladbach for £34 million.
The young Swiss man is very talented and has already gained some excellent experience – his large price tag means he is the club’s third-most expensive transfer.
Previously they paid £41.5 million to Real Madrid for Mesut Ozil and £35 million for Alexis Sanchez – two very successful transfers.
Their only other confirmed signings are 21-year-old Takuma Asano from Sanfrecce Hiroshima and Rob Holding from Bolton.
The match kicks off at 4pm live on Sky Sport 1.
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