Arsenal fans will have been a bit worried to say the least when the news came in on Saturday that our opponents for the first game of the Premier League season had just put the mighty Barcelona to the sword, with a 4-0 win against a strong side including their former striker Luis Suarez, Messi, Iniesta and all.
The scoreline did not flatter the scousers either, and Jurgen Klopp’s heavy pressing tactics were just too much for the Catalan giants, so the Gunners will have a tough task if that is the sort of performance we will have to cope with at the weekend.
If you were looking for encouragement, however, you did not have to wait long, as Liverpool faced |Klopp’s former club Mainz the next day and were crushed by the same 4-0 scoreline that they had beaten Barca by. Klopp had made changes but it was still a strong looking side, with Lallana, Origi, Henderson, Can, Moreno and Grujic all starting.
They were well beaten and created hardly anything themselves, so Arsenal will be hoping that it will be this sort of Liverpool that we see at the Emirates rather than the one that shocked the Spanish champions. To be honest their whole pre-season has been hit and miss, with losses to Chelsea, Roma and Mainz along with victories over AC Milan and Barcelona, so what do you expect from them against the Gunners?