Klopp offers his prediction for Liverpool’s trip to Arsenal

Jurgen Klopp is bracing himself for a goalfest at Arsenal – but is confident his firing-again strike force can out gun the Gunners!

The Liverpool manager expects a high scoring contest at the Emirates, and no wonder: the last nine Premier League games between the two sides have produced an incredible 42 goals.

Last season it ended 3-3 in London and the season before the Reds won 4-3 there, and few expect anything different this time around, with both teams committed to attacking formations and philosophy.

That means the Anfield club are under pressure to produce their best form in front of goal, but with Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane all back in the goals and on song again, Klopp is confident they will be more than a match for Arsenal .


“As long as you create, as a manage you shouldn’t be in doubt about finishing as players don’t change overnight or over a season…that’s not how it is,” he said of a slow start to the season.

“They are still the same boys. There is always a chance to improve, of course, but you have to respect that there can be a few drops.

“As a supporter or journalist it’s easy to say ‘that’s not good enough’. But as a manager my question is how can I help immediately that it will be good enough or even better again immediately.

“There are different things to do, and we are confident we will create chances. I think that’s optimistic enough, to go to Arsenal and know you have a chance to do something if you are at your best and we expect to be at our best all the time.”

Klopp has a brilliant record against Arsenal since arriving at Anfield, never losing against them in five meetings, and incredibly, his team have also three or more goals in those five games, scoring 17 times.

The German coach really doesn’t expect it to be any different this time around: “It doesn’t look like that will change! They score a lot of goals and are really good offensively.

“We have to make sure they don’t score, which will be a big challenge because they have all the different tools to do so. They are creative, they have rhythm, demanders in midfield, they win balls back high up the pitch, they have the speed to punish mistakes, that’s the situation.

“Against teams like this, it’s nice to prepare. Difficult, but nice. You need the full package, you need to be really ready and you need to cause them problems with the ball, without the ball. They will probably do something similar, and that makes it so interesting.”

Klopp comes up against new Arsenal boss Unai Emery for the first time since the Europa League final in 2016, when his Liverpool team lost 3-1 to Sevilla.

It is still a sore memory, but one the Liverpool manager has already filed in things he’s learned from. “We have to check the dressing room at Basel again about what happened in there because the game changed immediately when we came back out,” he said with a rueful smile.

“Emery is a very, very experienced manager and all the Spanish guys are really competitive, but we had a big influence on that game.

“It was a question of momentum. We had it in the wrong half of the game I would say, in the first half, we didn’t score often enough.

“They had it in the second half and we couldn’t fight back in the 63rd game of the season, there was not a lot of fuel left in the tank.

“But I don’t think he had a lot of influence in the first half and I couldn’t have any influence in the second half, that was the problem of that day. They won, we lost, that’s already history.”

Klopp revealed skipper Jordan Henderson and fellow midfielder Naby Keita will miss the trip to Arsenal, but will be back in training at the weekend, while Salah has been given the all clear to play despite a wrist tendon problem.

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