Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has tipped Arsenal to challenge for the title this term.
The Reds gaffer says he’s expecting an open race for Premier League title this season, stressing that it will not be a two horse race between Liverpool and Manchester City.
Klopp led Liverpool to an EPL league glory for the first time in 30 years last term, with the Merseyside giants finishing 18 points adrift of Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.
The German tactician is of the notion that it will be a cagy affair this time around, with him including Tottenham and Arsenal in the equation.
Arsenal finished in eighth position out of a European competition spot, the Reds were 43 points adrift of the Gunners. Despite the outcome of last season’s performance Klopp believes Mikel Arteta’s side are worthy title contenders..
“They came eighth because they did not have a time to sort the situation,” he said, referencing the fact Arteta was not appointed until December.
“They were not the eighth best team in the league, they could’ve qualified easily for Europe [via the league], if not even the Champions League.
“The Premier League and these teams are too good, you can’t decide the season before it starts. It just doesn’t work like this.
“Man City, I think maybe people thought they could have some struggles at Wolves because Wolves are really good…and in the second half they could have got a point.
“Nobody is safe from this kind of thing, so we have to work incredibly hard. And over the other teams we have no influence. When we face them, we want to beat them.
“It’s an open race, Chelsea will be there, [Manchester] United will be there, Arsenal, Tottenham – these teams will always be there.
“There are tough moments for us and other teams and it’s about how you react and are you doing it in the right way.
“It’s a marathon, not a sprint, and you have to go through a lot of moments. I don’t know why today we talk about winning the league, I have no idea who will win but I know a lot of teams will try.”
Arsenal got the better of Liverpool in the FA Community Shield where they won on penalties, Liverpool will host Arsenal tonight in a league encounter at Anfield.