Mikel Arteta backed to reply Jurgen Klopp as expert changes Liverpool title claim

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Former Reds goalkeeper David James has reversed his prediction that Liverpool will be beaten to the Premier League title by Arsenal this season – for one simple reason. After Arsenal’s Day 1 win over Fulham, James said: “As everyone knows, winning the league is not easy. To win the league twice is very, very difficult.

“When Liverpool have had almost two perfect seasons, you wonder if they can replicate that. As a soccer fan, I just love what Mikel Arteta does and think they are lucky. ”

But the signing of Thiago Alcantara made the specialist change his mind.

James told Blood Red on a special podcast: “I have to clarify, I mentioned this before Thiago joined Liverpool! That’s the problem with the preseason predictions – things can change very quickly!

“I like what Mikel is trying to do and he’s made some fundamental changes. Jurgen Klopp did it with Liverpool, let’s be fair.

“When he signed for Liverpool, he didn’t bring in anyone in that first transfer window. He got what was a team of players who got a lot of stick and galvanized them into a formidable force.

“Mikel did that at Arsenal and I thought there would be a sequel. It’s not me saying that Liverpool won’t challenge and Arsenal will win hands down, I just felt that from teams that would show improvement, Arsenal could.

“It’s an outside scream, of course, but I love what Arteta does.

* Listen to the full David James podcast by clicking HERE

“But then Liverpool signed Thiago and I can’t change what I said before, but given the changes Liverpool definitely got back in the lead because Thiago is something special.

“Thiago and Diogo Jota are two key signings and without wanting to put pressure on them, Liverpool should win the league now. ”

Liverpool hope to go further in the Champions League this season than in the past.

Klopp’s men will meet their group stage opponents on Thursday afternoon, just before facing Arsenal in the Carabao Cup fourth round.

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And James thinks they will have a big rival for the European trophy.

He added: “Bayern Munich are a heavyweight and you can’t see where they’re going to be stopped – Liverpool were basically on this side and if buying Thiago and Jota puts them back or even improves them Liverpool will be hell on one side. to stop. ”

* David James spoke to ECHO as part of his work with Utilita, the UK’s leading pay as you go smart energy provider, with whom he has partnered to provide advice and support to base teams during the COVID-19 pandemic. as part of the Switch Before Pitch campaign.

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