Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has admitted on Monday Night Football, which was broadcast on Sky Sports last night, that Arsenal’s Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre Emerick Aubameyang are very difficult to defend against.
Liverpool ran out 3-1 winners over Arsenal, but the scoreline could have been different if Lacazette had taken a chance in the second half, when through on goal.
After the game Roy Keane and Jamie Carragher both suggested that Liverpool may have been disappointed to give up some chances in the contest.
But Klopp insisted that he couldn’t be too frustrated, as Arsenal have so much attacking quality in Aubameyang and Lacazette that it makes them a very difficult opponent.
“Could they have scored? Yes. Because of the quality they have. How can you defend Aubameyang with a high line constantly? But with not a high line you also cannot defend Arsenal,” he said.
“They were really brave, but we punished them from time to time and killed a little bit, in these moments, their match plan.
“A team who builds, you need more players in the area that they build.
“We cannot press them all the time, but we prepare it constantly, because it means that if you are slightly too late, then Auba is on his bike, or Laca is on his bike, so it’s really difficult to deal with them.
“In these moments [when they got through] they were either offside or Ali had to make a save, but there were not too many.”
Klopp’s praise of Aubameyang shows just how highly regarded he is and how closely watched he was.
Aubameyang actually didn’t have much of impact last night, as he only burst clear of the Liverpool defence on one occasion, which was in injury time.
But Klopp’s comments clearly suggest that Liverpool had a plan to try and stop him last night, which worked fairly effectively.
Liverpool have now ended Arsenal’s 100% record at the start of the season, but the Gunners can still take encouragement from last night’s performance, which showed that they are still making progress.
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