Jurgen Klopp claims that Southampton did Arsenal a ‘favour’ during the Gunners’ 2-0 win at St. Mary’s on Wednesday night.

  • Since Southampton were promoted in 2012, Arsenal only have won five out of 10 Premier League clashes against them
  • Wednesday’s league win was Gunner’s only one at St. Mary’s since promotion
  • Klopp claims Saints played more open game against Arsenal after Liverpool’s 0-0 draw
  • Liverpool above Arsenal by four points in the table

Last Sunday, Southampton held Liverpool to a goalless draw at Anfield, meaning that Arsenal’s midweek win against the Saints put the Gunners just four points behind the Scousers in third.

Speaking ahead of Liverpool’s Sunday clash against West Ham, Klopp blasted Southampton for doing Arsenal a ‘favour’.

“In our last game against Southampton we had 70% possession,” Klopp said.

“Southampton played very, very defensive orientated against us.

“I saw their game on Wednesday (against Arsenal) and it was a very open game.

“I’m not sure why they did this favour to Arsenal but it was a completely different game.”

Liverpool actually had 65% possession (not 70%, as Klopp claims), 17 shots (eight on target) to Southampton’s four (zero on target). While Arsenal had 14 shots (three on target) to the Saints’ 11 (four on target), and only had 47% possession, yet still managed to score twice and leave with all three points.

Not that I want to rub it in or anything…