Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has leapt to the defence of rival Arsene Wenger, describing his Arsenal counterpart as “fantastic”.
Wenger is currently under scrutiny as his bid to finally end the Gunners’ trophy drought seems to be undermined by high-profile exits and a lack of prominent acquisitions.
But Dalglish – who was involved in an angry touchline exchange with Wenger during their sides’ 1-1 draw at the Emirates in April – was eager to defend the Gunners chief ahead of Saturday’s meeting.
“For me, Arsene Wenger has been fantastic for the football club,” he told various newspapers. “When they were in a bit of trouble, he guided them through it.
“He has always been a fantastic seller of players (Emmanuel) Petit, (Marc) Overmars, (Thierry) Henry, (Patrick) Vieira, (Nicolas) Anelka. He has also got the best value for his club when they needed help financially.
“If Arsene was good for them then, when he was bringing in trophies, the only thing missing now is trophies.
“Arsenal have lost Cesc Fabregas, they look like they are losing Samir Nasri and have a couple of players suspended.
“But it will still be difficult. Whoever goes on the pitch for them will have the same principle. They will be formidable for us to play against.
“I think everybody appreciates and respects the way they play – not everyone can play that way.”