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Klopp defends 'outstandingly skilled' Ozil

Liverpool vs Arsenal: Klopp defends 'outstandingly skilled' Ozil

August 27, 2017 By Ali M.
The German playmaker, labelled a "liability" by Steven Gerrard after the 1-0 loss to Stoke, finds himself under heavy criticism early in the season.

With Arsenal set to travel to Liverpool in the English Premier League, a win for the Gunners is needed to calm fans and their fears of another disappointing season. One man who needs a stellar performance at Anfield is Mesut Ozil.

The German has once again come under heavy criticism. He was one of many players ripped apart last weekend, as Wenger’s men fell to a 1-0 loss at Stoke City.

Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard gave an unflattering assessment on the German playmaker, labeling him a liability on the pitch after the Britannia Stadium loss. However, Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has a different opinion on Ozil.

The Liverpool boss came to Mesut’s defense ahead of Sunday’s clash at a time when everyone appears to be against the midfielder. In Klopp’s eyes, the 28-year-old scapegoat is an “outstandingly skilled” player.

“I remember the 3-3 we played against Arsenal here. Without Ozil and Olivier Giroud, we would have won 3-0. One long ball, Giroud gave it to Mesut and it was five players on him, no chance. He is an outstandingly skilled boy," Klopp said (as per the Daily Mail).

“I don't watch Arsenal often enough to be right to have an opinion about it. If people are not happy with him, I don't know why.”

Klopp’s argument on why Ozil is a world-class player was simple: the former Real Madrid ace is a key player in the German national team, a side blessed with talented midfielders. Ozil’s role in die Mannschaft’s World Cup-winning campaign should not be overlooked, stressed the “Normal One”.

“There is no doubt in Germany about the quality of Mesut Ozil. Germany is really blessed with a lot of world-class players in his position and he is a fix in the German national team, so that should be a sign.”

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