Jurgen Klopp, the manager of Liverpool, met with the media today ahead of the massive Easter Sunday match against Arsenal
During the session, the German confirmed that three players had returned to training: Virgil van Dijk, Luis Diaz, and Thiago Alcantara, the midfield maestro.
Two of the three are expected to play this weekend against the league leaders, but Diaz believes this is too soon.
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The German anticipates that the forward will be fully fit for the next game after this one, a Monday night football match at Leeds United. The best takeaway from the session, however, was when Klopp discussed his opponent’s manager on the opposing sideline tomorrow.
Arsenal and Mikel Arteta stand out as the perfect example of what can happen when you have patience in this year of manager sackings.
Arteta had a rocky start in North London, but good things come to those who wait.
There were numerous occasions when the Emirates club could have fired him, and most people would have understood.
But they persisted, much longer than most other clubs would have, and now we’re here. Their patience with Arteta paid off, as the Gunners are on the verge of winning their first Premier League title in two decades.
“I know people ask for managers’ time, but I really think Mikel deserved every minute he was there when things weren’t going well because they are there [at the top] now,” Klopp said.
“The team is very well set up, with good transfers on top, but it is a very stable team.” That’s what they’re doing right now.”