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Liverpol defence can't drop the ball at Arsenal, says Klopp

By Phil Medlicott

Jurgen Klopp is pleased with Liverpool's recent defensive record but has stressed his players will need to be "spot on" at Arsenal tonight.

While the Merseyside outfit have dazzled with their attacking this season, their defence has been criticised at times.

Since losing 4-1 to Tottenham at Wembley in October, though, they have conceded only four goals in nine Premier League games.

Reds boss Klopp has no doubt those "numbers are important", but has emphasised Arsenal pose a considerable threat.

The German - whose side are fourth in the table, a place and a point better off than Arsenal - said: "We are a team who are very offensive-orientated, but that doesn't mean that you have to give any space away.

"The boys did well in different systems, which I really like a lot because that is the biggest improvement, but only because they now do the jobs more often.

"There are always things to work on, but of course the numbers are important - only four (conceded) in the last nine is good. But it's in the past. We have to be ready for a different challenge. It's Arsenal, and they have quite a talented group there. We need to be spot on in this specific part of the game."

Liverpool failed in their pursuit of Southampton centre-back Virgil van Dijk over the summer, and there has been talk about the Dutchman moving in the January transfer window.

Klopp was asked if his side's defensive record of late had had an effect on January business.

He said: "Everything we are doing has influence on our plans. So, yes, it has influence. But I don't know exactly in which way. So you'll have to wait."

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