Jurgen Klopp gives verdict on Mikel Arteta ahead of Liverpool v Arsenal clash

Jurgen Klopp has lauded Mikel Arteta for the work the Spanish manager has done during his time at Arsenal so far ahead of Liverpool’s game against the Gunners.

Both sides have recorded a perfect start to the season so far, with two Premier League wins out of two each and progression in the Carabao Cup.

They play each other twice in four days at Anfield next week, starting off with a mouthwatering-looking Premier League clash on Monday.

And Klopp is clearly looking forward to locking horns with Arteta, praising his impact at the Emirates during his press conference on Friday.

Jurgen Klopp clearly has big respect for Mikel Arteta

“He (Arteta) has showed in a short period of time that he seems to be an exceptional football manager,” Klopp said.

“The structure of the team he sets up is exceptional. The balance between offence and defence is really good. He has changed the whole mood at Arsenal.

“Arsenal defend properly. All the players are involved in defending. They defend in a 5-4-1 and when you have quality players that makes it tricky for the opposition, especially when they have speed in the counter-attack.

“I can say a lot of positive things about Arsenal because they are true, but I still think we have a chance on Monday night.”

Liverpool new boy Thiago Alcantara has been getting some help settling in from goalkeeper Adrian
It remains to be seen if Thiago Alcantara starts against Arsenal

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New Liverpool signing Thiago Alcantara made his Premier League debut after coming on at half-time in the 2-0 win over Chelsea last weekend, but Klopp did not reveal whether or not he could make his first start against the Gunners.

“We will see,” the German said. “We have a few days to train. Some boys have to recover from last night. I have an idea but don’t need to make a decision yet. He is in contention.”

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