English Premiership

Klopp: Gunners have the tools to hurt us

Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool Twitter account)
Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool Twitter account)

Cape Town - Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp insists his team will need to be on top of their game at Arsenal on Saturday to maintain their unbeaten start to the Premier League season.

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The Reds have kept pace with Manchester City at the top of the table after 10 matches, with the joint-league leaders holding a two-point advantage over Chelsea in third place.

The Gunners, meanwhile, have recovered from a disappointing start to close right up on the trio, after winning seven of their last eight top-flight encounters.

Unai Emery's side have registered 24 goals in the league this term, four more than the Merseysiders, and Klopp admits he has his work cut out to prevent them from adding to that tally this weekend.

"They score a lot of goals and they are really good offensively, so it is up to us. We have to see how this game will develop as they are two very offensively-orientated teams," the German coach said in his pre-match press conference.

"We have to make sure that they don't score but it will be a big challenge because they have all the different tools to do so.

"They are creative, have rhythm they demand the ball in midfield, they win balls high up the pitch. They have the speed to punish pretty much every little mistake you make.

"That's the situation and I have said it a few times before games against teams like City, Tottenham, Chelsea and Arsenal. It's nice to prepare them [the players], it's difficult but it's nice because you need the full package to cause them problems."

Klopp is also looking to keep his undefeated record intact against the north Londoners, having collected 11 points out of a possible 15 since his arrival at Anfield in October 2015.

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