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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp takes aim at Arsenal

By Ian Herbert

Published 12/01/2016

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp

Jurgen Klopp, the Liverpool manager, has said there is no point his players attempting to imitate Arsenal's "possession football" when the two teams meet at Anfield tomorrow night, but insisted that Arsène Wenger's side are "beatable."

Klopp, who said he is confident of having Kolo Toure available to ease his defensive injury crisis, said the Premier League leaders were simply too experienced in the possession game to attempt to match them. In the past Klopp has famously underlined the contrast in their coaching philosophies - declaring of Arsenal "it's like an orchestra. But it's a silent song. I like heavy metal," on one occasion.

"Arsenal and Arsene have their own style: it's possession football," he said yesterday. "So it's clear that if we want to play the same way we will be without a chance because they've been doing it for longer.

"Arsenal are not only a good possession team, that's the problem. They have good counter-attacks too and that's what you have to be aware of. But they are beatable. Not easy, but it's possible."

Klopp has Mamadou Sakho desperate to start alongside Toure in central defence tomorrow, with his fitness still in a little doubt. Captain Jordan Henderson (heel) is available and Dejan Lovren is possibly a contender for Manchester United's visit to Anfield on Sunday, having recovered quickly from a hamstring injury.

Klopp was effusive in his praise of Wenger and his longevity in British football. "[It is an] absolutely amazing achievement and my respect grows day by day because it's really intensive in the Premier League, especially with a team with international matches too," the German said.

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