What Virgil van Dijk told Jurgen Klopp after Arsenal draw

Sergio Cunningham
November 4, 2018

Following the losses to Manchester City and Chelsea to start the season, Emery's team badly needed a result to prove that they are making strides towards challenging their main rivals and they delivered the right kind of statement at the Emirates.

Liverpool opened the scoring in the back-and-forth affair, going ahead on the hour when Sadio Mane got behind Arsenal's back line and fired a centering pass across the face of goal that keeper Bernd Leno misplayed.

Klopp's side travel to Emirates Stadium later on Saturday hoping to maintain their unbeaten start against Unai Emery's Arsenal, who now sit fourth in the table.

Arsenal and Liverpool went into this festive season game in the middle of a battle for Champions League places with the Gunners sitting fifth, just a point behind their opponents at the Emirates.

There has been an astonishing average of 5.4 goals per game between these two sides in their last five meetings, but Liverpool have tended to come out on top and that looks like the safest bet again this weekend. "It's nice to prepare them [the players], it's hard but it's nice because you need the full package to cause them problems", Klopp was quoted as saying by Sky Sports. They will have to improve their own points return by around 20 to 25. They have deserved it.

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

Under Arsene Wenger, the absence of a player of Torreira's tenacity and industry nearly became a running joke in the final years of the Frenchman's reign.

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"Wenger is one of the best managers in the world and sometimes after a very long time [at a club] the mood at a club changes", he continued. When a new manager comes in all players are out of their comfort zone. "Ask him. If he thought the first situation was offside, I think it would be the wrong decision".

"They had it in the second half and we couldn't fight back in the 63rd game of the season, there was not a lot of fuel left in the tank".

The level of competition in the Premier League this season has been refreshing to say the least.

"Quarter of the season is nothing".

"We have not done anything special, only what we have expected from us". Not only with playing but when we are together and we are here.

"It was a brilliant attack, it's what you do on the training ground, leave one player in between the centre-halves, slightly offside but the other takes the ball". It's only the start, but the start is good.

Good saves to deny deny Virgil Van Dijk in either half but also misread a cross which allowed the defender to head on to the post, and should have done better in controlling the cross that led to the goal.

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