Premier League clubs must support lower leagues — Sports minister Dowden

Tanya Simon
September 28, 2020

The absence of the England midfielder increases the chance of Jurgen Klopp handing a first start for new signing Thiago Alcantara, who was Henderson's replacement at Stamford Bridge.

The toughest test of what Arsenal can aim for this season comes on Tuesday with a trip to Anfield, where Liverpool have not lost in 60 league games.

Dowden added that the Premier League "appreciates" its help is needed to support EFL clubs, and that he is confident an agreement will soon be reached.

Klopp says the 29-year-old's skillset makes him an "interesting package" but insists the Spain global remains eager to continue to develop and improve.

"You saw it [against Chelsea]". And over the other teams we have no influence.

"He is a really good character to have around and I'm really positive we are going to have him for many years".

All of Liverpool's four first-half goals were scored from at least 20 yards.

"On top of that as a guy, he couldn't be better. He wants to learn which is very important".

Arsenal needs a long time to reach the level of Liverpool

Liverpool have signed Thiago, Greece left back Kostas Tsimikas and Diogo Jota, but Klopp says any business from now on will revolve around who is leaving.

Liverpool have more than 30 players in their first-team squad, and Klopp indicated the number of players he now has at his disposal is at an unsustainable level. Then three players are out for a few days but you can not solve that in the transfer market'.

"We ran a pilot game last Saturday". We are ready to help as a Labour Party for the Government to come up with a plan to see what they can do for sport. It's not like an old vehicle in your garage and on a Sunday you take it out.

Arsenal beat Liverpool FC 2-1 in their most recent Premier League meeting at The Emirates back in mid-July. I don't know how the government finds time to think about that, but I get it 100%. "Now back in full training". "Hendo is not yet, this game is for sure too early". "He uses the players in the right position so I have to say since he is there he did a pretty impressive job".

Arsenal won 2-1 despite a dominant performance from Liverpool when the sides met at the end of last season in the Premier League and then on penalties after a 1-1 draw in the Community Shield last month.

Dowden told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show, said: "The Premier League are working closely with the EFL to see how they can support them". The balance between defence and offence is really good, good organisation but freedom for the players as well. He has changed the whole mood in the whole club.

"I've been in touch with the Premier League a lot over the past few days".

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