It was just the third win Liverpool had managed in the league this season, and lifted them into eighth place. Klopp’s side are still six points off fourth and are a staggering 14 points behind leaders Arsenal – although the latter have played a game more.
Arteta will hope supporters are wrong and that his side can mount a first serious Premier League title challenge in two decades. The Arsenal boss said his side had ‘resilience, fight, character and courage’ during their narrow 1-0 win over Leeds on Sunday, and will believe those characteristics can help challenge favourites City.
“From the first whistle in the second half we started with no rhythm, not making the right decisions time after time and we put ourselves in big trouble,” the Spaniard said. “But when you get in those moments I love the resilience, the fight, the character and the courage that the team showed to win the game.
“Credit to Leeds. In the second half they were really good, incredible atmosphere and they deserve credit for that.”