Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta says he can’t repeat what Jurgen Klopp did with Liverpool after a change in the Premier League. The German has worked miracles.
Jurgen Klopp is the talk of the Premier League right now after agreeing to a contract extension with Liverpool. He’ll now stick around until 2026 and, naturally, that has journalists asking questions to other bosses.
One of those is Mikel Arteta, who talked with Sky Sports about the job Liverpool have done under Klopp. He currently has Arsenal in a very similar position to the Reds’ side in 2015 when the German took over.
Only, Arteta doesn’t believe it’s possible to do a similar job anymore, as he explains.
“There are things you can try to compare, and you can acknowledge how other clubs have been through these processes and these phases of a project, like Liverpool,” said Arteta.
“But what the league was six years ago and what the league is today is completely different. Those leagues were won with 83, 84, 86 points. Now you need 95, 96 or 100 points to win the league.
“The context is completely different, so what was good three or five years ago is not good anymore, because the standards are so high. We need to focus on what we want to do and how we are going to execute it, and not look too far ahead.”
Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool
Klopp has admittedly set the bar very high but Arteta’s argument doesn’t make a lot of sense here. He’s making it sound as though Liverpool benefitted from a less competitive Premier League in order to compete.
That might hold up if Klopp had since moved on and things had changed. It doesn’t hold up when he’s one of the bosses setting those near-100-point title chases.
Klopp literally took a team like the one Arteta has and took it to those ‘impossible’ standards – so yes, it is possible. But hey, perhaps it just reflects incredibly well on the boss that other managers see it as such a high standard that you can’t compare them to it.
That’s certainly a sign of the progress made under Klopp. Long may it continue.