Arsenal have banished Sir Alex Ferguson myth again as JUrgen Klopp must use brave Liverpool path
The era of Sir Alex Ferguson seems very far away as Liverpool gets ready to play Manchester United at Old Trafford. The forward-thinking manager is Jürgen Klopp, who has the opportunity to win three straight games in the Theatre of Dreams, which is quickly turning into a den of nightmares.
In actuality, the season hasn't started well for either team. While Liverpool looks for their first victory, Erik ten Hag is still trying to get his first points. The two disappointing draws will have given Klopp pause, even though he can legitimately be much more confident that this is merely a hiccup for his squad.
Arsenal is now setting the early pace at the right end of the league. Mikel Arteta's team is in fine form, having gone undefeated through their first three games while scoring nine goals and allowing only two
To write Arsenal into the championship chase would be much too early. Overall, Liverpool are still far more likely to challenge Pep Guardiola, Arteta's former Manchester City coach.
The age of the group Arteta is working with is one of the most noticeable aspects of his revolution. Last season, only Brentford's starting XI came close to Arsenal's average starting XI age of 24.4. This season, that average has fallen to 23.9, a further decline.
In contrast, Liverpool has fielded squads with an early-season average age of 27.1, which is tied for third-oldest in the league. Although the difference is obvious, this in and of itself may not be a negative thing.
It's not like Klopp doesn't have access to youthful talent. Liverpool is halfway into its reconstruction after keeping in mind the necessity to restock the team.
However, only one of these players started the first game of the season. Although Jones and Konaté are not now eligible for selection, Klopp has complete discretion over the other four players. It's intriguing that he choose to prioritise experience.
Due to their poor performance, Elliott and Nez were both started by Liverpool against Crystal Palace.
Alexander-Arnold had an outstanding solo performance and has every reason to feel underappreciated by some of his older teammates. One of the great shining lights was Elliott as well.
All of these eager and youthful athletes has the skills necessary to change things right away. In certain instances, it becomes more and more obvious that they have surpassed their senior counterparts: Elliott, in the number eight role, in example, routinely appears to be more productive than Jordan Henderson.
Klopp needs to be courageous and give the young person a chance. When alluding to Ferguson's Manchester United squad of 1995–96, known as "Fergie's Fledglings," Alan Hansen famously said, "You can't win anything with kids.
It is simple to dismiss this as a bygone period. After all, Liverpool will be looking to highlight at Old Trafford how different the Manchester United that Ferguson supervised is from the one that currently exists.
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