Arsenal find unlikely ally in Liverpool boss Klopp

Date published: Tuesday 27th February 2018 9:13

Jurgen Klopp has offered a defence of Arsenal after they rested players for the Carabao Cup final.

Arsenal were beaten 2-1 by Ostersunds in the second leg of their Europa League last-32 tie on Thursday before facing Manchester City on Sunday.

They were thoroughly beaten by the Premier League leaders at Wembley, but Klopp says that deriding them for having rested players three days earlier was “unfair”.

The German faces a similar situation at Liverpool, with the Reds facing Porto in their Champions League last-16 second leg next Tuesday before visiting Manchester Untied the following Saturday.

But he insists he “will play a strong side” in both games, despite holding a 5-0 first-leg advantage.

“Another week now for Newcastle, then Porto and United in one week. All the people before the Porto game will tell me, ‘Now you can rest him, him and him’,” he told Liverpoolfc.com.

“Arsenal for example, that’s so unfair. They were through in the tie and had a final on Sunday yet I only hear after the game things like, ‘wow that was embarrassing against a Swedish team’. But they are through in the tie and played a final on Sunday.

“That’s the situation. We play Man United, we will not rest anybody. We will play a strong side against Porto and a strong side against United.”

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