Klopp wary of ‘goal machine’ Aubameyang

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When Arsenal face Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday evening, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will face his former boss Jurgen Klopp.

The two worked together succesfully at Borussia Dortmund, and while the German says he’s not really in contact with the striker anymore, he’s cognisant of the threat his former player poses.

Liverpool haven’t been completely convincing defensively so far this season, and that’s something Unai Emery will be trying to take advantage of when the two sides meet.

Speaking about Aubameyang, Klopp said, “Auba has no real weakness apart from his fashion sense!

“It is four years since I worked with him and we are not really in contact any more but he was my player so I follow his career. I like him as a person so I am happy that it has worked out really well.

“He was playing as a winger with Saint-Etienne when we signed him so that’s how we used him at first.

“Then we suddenly needed a No 9 because Lewandowski left us, and when we tried Auba we realised he is a really good central striker.

“It did not happen immediately, but over time he developed incredibly in the position and became a goal machine.”

The Mugsmashers boss sounded a little cautious of the potential threat of Arsenal on the break, because of the speed of Aubameyang and the new record signing Nicolas Pepe.

“So far when we have defended against him we have managed OK, but it’s never possible to do it 100% properly because of the speed he has,” he continued.

“He is a brilliant footballer and really good at being the connecting point too.

“Pepe is another one with proper speed who offers runs in behind, so that is something else we have to consider.”

Let’s hope we can take something from this game, a win would put us top but you wouldn’t argue with a draw.

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HelderHughes
HelderHughes

Wingers becoming strikers? It’ll never work.

Berlingoon
Berlingoon

Amd AMN will still be a DM with 33 years and 500 games as right back.

Lord Bendnter
Lord Bendnter

*CDWB
Central Defensive Wing Back

Andi
Andi

I’m the most positive in ages going to anfield tomorrow but I fear this is just a step too soon for our boys. Fingers crossed it doesn’t get embarrassing like last year (and the year before). COYGs

Don Cazorleone
Don Cazorleone

Agree. However, with such massive changes in the squad, potentially a lot of the psychological damage of those games will have gone too.

Would be great to see our fearless youngsters and new signings really going for it, rather than the repeated conservatism that was embedded in the squad for years, which i’m sure was what made the players so damn fearful of everyone.

mike1h
mike1h

i agree, i also feel this and the spurs game will really show how luiz will effect our defence. I hope for lots of vocal organising from him.

Jack but
Jack but

Let’s win it mates, yes we can

Andreas
Andreas

I’d bloody love a point and keep the unbeaten run going a bit longer

Dave
Dave

Ah yes, that infamous 2 game run

Stonroy
Stonroy

Can’t say he doesn’t have a sense of humor. I imagine he would be a great manager to play for.

SB Still
SB Still

His years with Dortmund competing and winning against richer Bayern reminds me of Wenger’s glory years with us winning against ManU.

Clockendrider
Clockendrider

And he just seems such a nice guy. Hopefully the days of nasty managers like Fergusmoan and Moaninho are over with the rise of the likes of Klopp, Emery.

Savage
Savage

And then he had that one season at Dortmund…

Ex-Priest Tobin
Ex-Priest Tobin

Liverpool are going to hit us for four or five unfortunately. None of our new signings have significantly improved the defence, and “Lightweight” Lucas Torreira doesn’t cut the mustard as a defensive midfielder in the EPL. They targeted him last year and will do so again.

A Gorilla
A Gorilla

Who told you that Torreira was a defensive midfielder?

mike1h
mike1h

i really dont see either team winning by 4 or 5. likely be a 1 goal swing imo 1-1 2-1 somewhere along those lines

TorontoGunner
TorontoGunner

lol after two wins on the trot and the vibe around the place let’s not be happy with just a point? More like all 3. I think we will see a Emery masterclass tomorrow. You heard it here first

Red-Wing
Red-Wing

While I agree that we should go into the game with confidence, let’s remain realistic. We only narrowly beat Newcastle and Burnley (which are are not exactly the toughest matches on the calendar), the team is still getting used to new players and vice-versa, and we’re going away to Anfield to play against CL winners who beat us 5-1 last season and have won like 12 matches in a row now in PL.

I’m cautiously optimistic but I would definitely take a point before the match and build on that.

(my inner fan view is absolutely screaming over this rational bullshit right now)

Don Cazorleone
Don Cazorleone

Just warming up was all 😉

Xhaka Kaka
Xhaka Kaka

We need to be protagonists!

Wolfgang
Wolfgang

Most analysts have opted for Pool to win. Of course they shd be favourites
having lifted the cl trophy.However cast your mid back to 1989.
Dalglish had just guided Pool to an FA cup triumph and was overewhelming favourite
to lift the league title.GG George Graham said there was no reason why the gunners shd nt win by a 2 goal margin and by George they did it at the death.
Back then Arsenal had a mean defence. I think 2019 attack is better but its the defence now that could be aproblem.
Having said that ,Arsenal poor record against the top 6 had to end somewhere and why not at Enfield.The 5-1 massacre could be a distant night mare if Emery were
to close down the 3 pool dangermen. Get 2/3 / 4 gunners to surround hese guys
and we shall see.
Arsenal to win 3-2

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

Back in 1989 we knew how to defend.

Martin
Martin

Now that we are playing Liverpool at Enfield we may stand a chance 😂

Wolfgang
Wolfgang

I read Firmino is the dangerman. In fact all are. Hopefully Emery will devise a plan to choke this guy. I don’t believe any guy is unplayable by Wengers mantra when
Arsenal got beaten by Messi.
Against Saints ,Sane unleashed a goal .He was marked by 2 guys. I believed they did
not stay close to him. I know easier said than done but that’s what happened to our strikers when they are closely shadowed.
If possible get someone shadowing him from the back and kick the ball away. Then we shall see how potent these fellas are when closed marked.

Re-vamp
Re-vamp

Last season we were poor against the top six away from home cos our Transition was poor, we had no player who demands the ball and take on players, but with the addition of Pepe, I hope and am sure that our Transition will be much better than last season. Liverpool defense hasn’t looked great this season if we can be tight and composed at the back and get our Transitions right we can cause them lot of troubles. Emery has to target Arnold he looks the weakest link in the Liverpool defense for me this season so far.

Cacho
Cacho

I hope we see lots of shots from us this game. Adrian is no slouch, but we’d do well to test him, and test him frequently. Ceballos does not seem shy about letting rip. Neither does Pepe or Willock (if he plays). I have a funny feeling Xhaka will score a screamer and then do that great celebration where you can tell he’s thinking “THIS IS FOR MY HATERZ!!!1!”

thw14
thw14

That fashion sense quote is going to backfire. Proper low blow mental disintegration attempt, that is. Just nasty.

Should’ve stuck to something honourable – thrift-shop Henry, Walcott-with-teeth, etc.

My money’s on an Auba hat-trick now.

Chamackhyungpark
Chamackhyungpark

Tell you what, he is a great manager, but Jurgen Kloop is a total piece.

Forest gooner
Forest gooner

Emery’s tactics flourish against the top 6 sides. Last season we were the better side away against man u, spurs and Chelsea; we were not outsmarted tactically.
With better personnel( no mustafi, improved AMN, Ceballos, Pepe and more options from the bench) and better understanding of emery’s philosophy, we are within the striking distance to Liverpool.

jon

Arsenal has played two teams that will end up in the lower part of the league. Now it’s time for truth.

Goonereality
Goonereality

Yes, basically you’re right. The records of Newcastle and Burnley against us is about the same as ours is against Liverpool – pretty awful!

Inevitably, there’s been a lot of talk about our new look team and what they’re going to do. This is fuelled by expectations over the Summer transfers, which is understandable of course. But later on today all that talk about what we’re going to do becomes irrelevant, actually doing it on the pitch – against a top-rated, in-form, team – is all that matters. As it’s very early days, I think we’ll be doing well to share the points.

Alexed
Alexed

Was hoping that the last sentence was Klopp’s quote as well 😀

Cultured determination
Cultured determination

Hopefully klopp wont be watching much of the match cos he’s constantly going back to the dresing room to chane his soiled pants each time PAL runs at them in full speed. Same goes for us, but we’rd slihhtly better cos we dont play mustafi mo more

Goonereality
Goonereality

Klopp is an experienced manager who who knows what to say, and when to say it. His remarks about our possible attacking threats are a reminder aimed at his own players.

Liverpool, if not the finished article (is any team?), are formidable and going for their 12th straight EPL win today. In contrast, we’re very much work in progress but despite that we’ll have to play far better than in the opening two games because we’re up against superior opposition.

I’ve a feeling we’ll either share the points, or lose by the odd goal, but who knows? I hope we don’t get thumped as it will do team morale no good at all at such an early stage of the season when the players are still coming together in the new look team.

C.B.
C.B.

Liverpool can equal their 29-year-old club record with a 12th league win in a row on a ground where they haven’t been beaten in the top flight for two years and 123 days.

Arsenal have gone 22 away games against top six without a single win.

Goonereality
Goonereality

We face a big challenge today, no doubt about that. I’m not sure if we’re quite ready for it at this stage, but we’ll see.

If the team gives everything but still loses, then that’s not a disaster. If it’s a collapse like last season (which I think is probably unlikely) then that will be a massive blow to morale.

Monsieur Bellerin
Monsieur Bellerin

Law of averages. Gotta change at some point.

Richie

If we lose, even heavily, can all fans please remain calm and put the game into perspective and remember that Pepe and Ceballos and Luiz are still learning the Arsenal way and that we’re playing the champions of Europe. I’m quietly optimistic but it wouldn’t shock me if we go down by 3 goals. My biggest worry is AMN and Monreal against Mane and Salah, but should be an entertaining game nevertheless. Interestingly, at least half the outfield team that started last season’s game won’t start today – Ramsey, Iwobi, Mustafi, Leitchsteiner, Kolasinac, maybe Xhaka and Torreira too. On a side note, didn’t see it mentioned on this site, Leitchsteiner has joined Augsburg. Totally irrelevant to today’s game but I’m happy he’s found a new club.

HansRott
HansRott

Well, it’s nice to know Klopp’s concerned about our goal-scoring threats.

It already feels like a major match in our season.

Goonereality
Goonereality

Don’t be fooled. Being a good manager, he’s saying that for the benefit of his players – I’m sure he says something “positive” about all opponents. It seems to work for him though as Liverpool have won eleven consecutive EPL games on the trot.

Kolasinac
Kolasinac

I would like to see us start with a back four preferably with the same midfield as against Burnley. We could then switch to a back 3 if things go bad.

Pakgooner
Pakgooner

Do you see yourself starting in a back 4?

Kolasinac
Kolasinac

I (not Sead himself unfortunately) would go with Nacho, Sead has to show better performance in that left back position first :d.

Richie

I’d rather Pepe and Torreira in for Nelson and Willock.