Liverpool stars Andy Robertson and Arthur Melo will be missing the important EPL clash against Arsenal FC, owing to injury.
Robertson and Arthur are out of the Arsenal match
Robertson has been out for more than a month due to a knee injury. Kostas Tsimikas has stood in at left back for Liverpool during Robertson’s absence.
The Scot is “near” to returning and has begun running on grass. But Klopp said in his pre-game press conference that Sunday’s game would be too soon.
A muscle issue sustained during the preparation for the midweek Champions League victory over Rangers means that summer signing Arthur Melo will also be unable to travel to the early Premier League leaders.
Klopp said that Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are still out hurt. But he gave the impression that Curtis Jones would be part of the matchday squad at the Emirates Stadium.
On Thursday, Curtis Jones worked out and felt good. He had just come back for his first session.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita are still a ways off. Before we played Rangers, Arthur hurt himself during the previous practice. Curtis is the one who appears to be the closest to returning when Andy Robertson is running.
Being “unpredictable” once more is crucial, according to Klopp, whose team has won just two of their first seven Premier League games this year.
The German manager went to a 4-2-3-1 system in place of his typical 4-3-3 configuration against the Rangers on Tuesday night. And he hinted that there would be more formation changes in the future.
Klopp on his game plan
“It is more important that we become unpredictable again. It is not the only system we can play. We don’t want to make it more complicated than it needs to be. But we must find the best one for our next opponent and us.
When you spot a problem, we want a solution instantly. We are still a work in progress to find a way out. So you cannot say now we’re back, we need consistency. For that, we need to defend the s*** out of everyone. I am not interested in this short term. We have to be good until we are outstanding. From here, we go and go and go and improve.
Arsenal away, Rangers away – a different game to Anfield – and Man City, what can I say? Yes, we are through [the bad patch]. And I can see the light. I am optimistic and positive. These players are still outstanding. But the body language has to be good.
Teams have worked out how to play against us when we’re not at our best. It is funny other teams figured us out years ago. But it still didn’t work [for them] because we were exceptional. In our best games, I can show you the parts we could have had problems. But we didn’t because we put so much pressure on the opposition they could not find the spaces. That is the risk you play.
When you are not at your best, those gaps are still there. There’s no system in the world with no weakness. It’s all about how we perform and what we did, and with what intensity. There is no system you can rely on and say it is perfect.”
Liverpool will enter Sunday’s match 11 points behind their opponents in the Premier League standings after only eight games. Although they have enjoyed their recent matches with Arsenal, winning 11 and losing only three of the last 19 encounters in all competitions,
While heaping compliments on the Gunners, Klopp insisted that his team’s recent dominance of the match would not affect Sunday’s contest.