'Completely different' - Jürgen Klopp analyses Arsenal clash

News'Completely different' - Jürgen Klopp analyses Arsenal clash

Published 19th November 2021

Jürgen Klopp wants Liverpool to utilise the unhappiness with their previous result when they host a ‘completely different’ Arsenal on Saturday.

The Reds’ 25-game unbeaten run in all competitions came to a halt at London Stadium before the international break as West Ham United secured a 3-2 win over Klopp’s side.

A fortnight on, Liverpool will aim to bounce back at the first opportunity against a Gunners side that have shown exactly how to respond to disappointment.

Mikel Arteta’s team lost each of their first three Premier League matches this season but have since gone eight without a defeat and sit fifth, two points behind the Reds.

“That’s a nice story as well. Last season, not qualified for European football, which is not good but if the situation is like that then you have to use the time – and that’s obviously what Mikel is doing there,” Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com.

“You can see they brought a few new faces in; some found, obviously, their striking feet back. And apart from that, young and exciting players as well with [Emile] Smith Rowe and [Bukayo] Saka and all these kinds of things.

“So, it’s a completely different team, obviously, to the beginning of the season. But the good thing is they didn’t play us yet. So, yes, eight games unbeaten but they come to Anfield and obviously we are not overly happy with the last game we played.

“We have to put a few things right and the best place to do that is in a home game.”

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The 5.30pm GMT kick-off marks the start of a demanding festive schedule for Liverpool.

There will be 13 fixtures in three competitions up to January 2, a run in which Klopp anticipates his players will have to dig deep in order to rack up the results they desire.

“The good things is, we have injuries but in this 13-game spell most of them will come back,” he explained.

“Harvey [Elliott] as well is in a really good place. We cannot rush that but I was really surprised when I saw him running and it looks completely normal, which is a good sign. He is completely without pain and stuff like this, now he can really make the next steps.

“So maybe he not, but all the rest will come back, which is very helpful because we will not get through that without any kind of injuries. It was always the same in this period: you have to get through this, you have to collect points like mad, you have to grind results out, dig deep, fight hard, all these kinds of things. Because it’s too tough to play a little bit of football and try to get a result. You have to be really at your best.

“Especially in the home games obviously, we all together have to make a difference, we have to make sure that’s a proper difference. And in away games we have to be ready as well, that’s clear.

“It’s not the first time so I know what’s coming up and looking forward to it, yes. But I have no problem that a few players are coming back; because we will have a good team on the weekend obviously, but three days later we play again, three days later we play again, all these kinds of things. That’s then the problem a little bit. For Saturday we’ll be fine but we have to make sure we are fine for all these games.”

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Published 19th November 2021