Liverpool - Premier League - 4 November 2018


Unai Emery had a big task after what felt like 50 years of Arsene Wenger. You have one player in the slightly-offside position and then the other one takes the ball. It's a tough game.

Prior to Arsenals Carabao Cup quarter-final against Blackpool on Wednesday, Emery said: "In each moment for each match, we are going to give the goalkeepers the opportunity to help us".

He made 304 appearances for Leverkusen and was a member of Germany's Confederations Cup winning squad in 2017, but failed to make Joachim Low's 23 man squad for the World Cup in Russian Federation. It effectively means Klopp's side must win, to have real a chance of sustaining this challenge, especially since Arsenal still look somewhat suspect and thereby present such an opportunity. Klopp has done an excellent job this season, overseeing eight wins out of 11 games and fixing the previously troubled defence. "[Saturday] is similar because Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool are in front of us in the table and now we want to compete against them and this test is very important, but I trust in our players".

When he was asked about his top five players in the Premier League, Dutch worldwide defender Virgil Van Dijk and Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah were the Liverpool players mentioned by the former Valencia manager.

"You need the full package, you need to be really ready and you need to cause them problems with the ball, without the ball".

The 18-time English champions haven't won the Premier League title but have finished in second place in 2002, 2009 and 2014.

England take on South Africa in their first Autumn International in a significantly weakened state, missing a number of key players, particularly in the pack, and as Simon Mail explains, the Springboks are not to be underestimated.

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Jurgen Klopp felt Sadio Mane's disallowed goal in the 1-1 draw at Arsenal should have stood but insisted his Liverpool players made more errors than the officials.

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But Milner's goal stemmed from one of only a handful of chances Liverpool mustered in the second half. Arsenal still need to eradicate those defensive weaknesses completely before they can start winning games like these. Only Mourinho (12) and Gerry Francis (8) will have waited more for their first defeat against Arsenal. A return of 7 goals scored and one assist in the league (9 scored in all competitions) has the Gabon worldwide topping the goal scoring table. He has never lost against the Gunners, with three wins and two draws from five matches having produced 27 goals. Firmino's performances have been central to how Liverpool have dominated Arsenal in the recent past. The Brazilian's next goal might be around the corner and he surely would like to get into the record books by scoring one more goal-assist double.

Emery could be without a host of first-choice defenders with Hector Bellerin, Nacho Monreal, Sead Kolasinac and Sokratis Papastathopoulos all to be assessed before the game. Laurent Koscielny is also unlikely to feature due to being unfit.

Liverpool will be without Jordan Henderson and Naby Keita, but Klopp said Mohamed Salah is fit despite a tendon inflammation.

Despite almost leading at half-time, Klopp was frustrated with how his team performed and even went as far as to switch their formation in the second half.