By Nick Teale
Arsène Wenger says he has "huge sympathy" for an out-of-form Liverpool side he describes as "unlucky".
The Merseysiders have won just one of their last 10 games in all competitions and are already 13 points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea.
Anything but a win in Debrecen on Tuesday night would see Rafael Benitez' side knocked out of the Champions League, and regardless of the result in Hungary the Reds would be eliminated from the competition if Fiorentina defeat Lyon.
But while the Anfield outfit continue to struggle for form and the fitness of key players, Wenger says he feels for last season's league runners-up.
“I have a huge sympathy for Liverpool," he said. "I can elaborate because first of all it is a hugely historical club.
"And I have a massive respect for their fans who, for me, have always been outstanding."
However, the Arsenal manager says he believes those ever-vocal fans could be struggling to make an impact at Anfield themselves - because they are stricken by fear after a string of results described by Wenger as "unlucky".
"I must say I watched a little bit of the [2-2 draw at home to] Manchester City and their fans looked to be a little bit affected by fear as well because it was the first time I saw them a bit quiet.
“As well I feel Liverpool have been a little bit unlucky in the last six weeks; they do not get from the games what they deserve.”Copyright 2014 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 24 Nov 2009