Liverpool boss claims Arsenal forced to change style against his side

Jurgen Klopp has claimed that Arsenal will be forced to change their preferred tactics against Liverpool thanks to Olivier Giroud’s absence.

The German boss has stated that Arsene Wenger usually fields Giroud to cause his defenders problems, and that the Gunners will now be forced to try and play in an unfavoured set-up due to the star’s absence.

“I’m not sure there are a lot of similarities (between teams). A lot of the time against us, Giroud played from the beginning. That says a lot of Arsenal’s style against us,” said Klopp.

“They are a complete side, able to do everything. Giroud can’t play, but they have a lot of good, good footballers on the pitch. We have to defend them and use any spaces we can find. We go there to perform and get as much as we can.

“They can change styles, they played a lot of long balls against us. Whoever will play, they have a strong side.

“On one hand we have to defend in the best game we can and if there are any gaps we have to use them. We go there to perform and get as much as we can.”

Our side will be keen for a big performance against the Reds, having already been embarrassed by the Anfield club in August when they gave us a 4-0 thrashing on Merseyside, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will hopefully be on the end of both defeats having played at wing-back for us in the reverse fixture shortly before moving to our rivals.

Would Giroud have started on Friday if he was fit? Would Giroud trouble the Reds more than Lacazette due to his strengths?

Pat J

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  1. Goonerboy says:

    Arsenal play long balls? Am not so sure about that

    He should be worried Giroud is not starting cos we have Lacazette who will cause him bigger problems.

    I think it is safe to go with Coquelin (if fit) and Wilshere as our midfield pairing as Xhaka will surely be caught napping against Klopp’s heavy metal football.

    1. shark says:

      Xhaka will play. Sane, Firmino and Salah need assists.

      1. Eat Pie says:

        Haha bro that made me laugh so hard, mostly because it is true.

      2. Goonerboy says:

        lolest! That’s too bad bro???

  2. Sue says:

    OT so Rosicky has retired….. loved his goals against the spuds! He was brilliant (when he wasn’t injured!)

    1. georgie b says:

      Yes Sue, it was such a privilege to watch him. The goal 5-2 against Spurs!!!!
      Tomas Rosicky ,Arsenal and Dortmund legend.

  3. Durand says:

    Of course Klopp says that. Lacazette miles more threatening than Giroud.
    Giroud good in the air, but Sead is only one who can send in a cross. Second is hold up play, which slows us down and lets Liverpool get back and cover.
    Laca can dribble past people, beautiful combination play, deadly finisher, and terrifies cb’s with his runs.

    Giroud more dangerous? Hardly

    1. Jim A says:

      How did Giroud set up our best chance last game within minutes of coming on. The FA cup this year was won when Giroud came on and within minutes set up Ramsey for the winner.
      He should be playing because he does cause problems in front of goal with strength instead of speed.

  4. Break-on-through says:

    I reckon we have to go for the jugular, we need quick and accurate play in the final third and we might do alright. We have a less shaky defence than them so we need to just go at them, a high pressure game because if we try to ease into it those forwards will embarrass us. CM I am a little worried about even though liv do allot of their best stuff using wide areas. If we are too open it plays into their hands, like if it’s yous have a go we have a go. We need to be on-top of them, like how we need space liv are the same, each man must do his job and we need to make home advantage count. I hope to see a great spectacle. I predict Lacazette to turn some heads with all the focus on Salah and co. COYG!!!!!

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