Jurgen Klopp has an extremely good record against Arsenal, having won 3 and drawn 2 of his 5 matches against us, but none of those was against Unai Emery, who beat Klopp in the Europa Cup Final with Sevilla in their only meeting. The German knows that Liverpool are hardly in for an easy game when they come to the Emirates this evening.
He told the Liverpool website: They are a different proposition every year. I remember a lot of good games and tight games against them; it was always proper football against them. They were always really big challenges for us. If you would have asked me, I wouldn’t have known we’d had 11 [points] out of 15. I only knew it was always hard work and that will be the case again. They are really strong.
Unai Emery had the big task to come in after Arsene Wenger after what felt like 50 years of Arsene Wenger at Arsenal. He did brilliantly. After a tough start they started an impressive run – hopefully they’re not still in it! It will be a very, very interesting game.
They are well organised with a clear plan, good in counter-attacks – all they can do quickly is outstanding – and good in small spaces as well. It’s a tough game. Nobody made them a present and gave them points, they had to work for it and they deserved it. We need to be ready for that, for sure.
But he believes that Liverpool will have many chances to score and they have a right to be optimistic for this evening’s game: The Reds struggled for goals against Man City, Chelsea and Huddersfield, but last week they hit Cardiff for four and he is hopeful that they can now carry on hitting the back of the net. “Am I sure that we will from now on score a lot of goals in each game? No, unfortunately not. But I’m pretty sure we will create chances, and if we do that we have the chance to score. That’s all I need. I don’t want to have 1-0 wins 38 times. I’d take it of course but it’s an important part of the game that we really score as often as possible.
“I don’t think we have to think too much about that before the next game against Arsenal because they don’t give that many chances away. But, of course, if we do well then there will be a few – and if we can use them and defend well, we have another chance to get three points. I think that’s positive and optimistic enough, to go to Arsenal and know you have a real chance to do something if you are at your best. We expect to be at our best all the time so I’m not in doubt that we will try everything. But there are still 90, 95 or maybe 100 minutes to go; exciting.”
I think it certainly will be exciting. Arsenal have averaged 2.4 goals per game in the League this season, and we will surely have to get goals today if we are going to have a chance to win. The worrying stat is that the Scousers have only conceded 4 so far in their ten games compared to our 13. We have to hope we can bang them in while our makeshift defence can hold them off. Fingers crossed!