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Liverpool vs Arsenal: Jurgen Klopp promises high-intensity game


Jurgen Klopp believes Liverpool are not always recognised for their tactical versatility as he prepares for another battle of wits with Arsenal counterpart Mikel Arteta.

The Reds take on the Gunners for the third time in less than three months when they clash in the Premier League at Anfield on Monday.

Liverpool were beaten 2-1 at the Emirates in July having already clinched the title, and then lost the Community Shield on penalties last month following a 1-1 Wembley draw.

The teams will meet again on Thursday in the Carabao Cup fourth round, meaning four of Liverpool’s 15 competitive games behind closed doors will have come against the Londoners.

Arteta, who took over as Arsenal boss last December, has introduced a more defensive style that was key to their FA Cup triumph last season.

And asked if Liverpool were happy to stick to one way of playing, Klopp said: “I am not sure if it is non-negotiable. Yes we have an identity and we stick to that. That is true. But we do different things in games as well.

“That other teams adapt to us I think is normal. We do that as well to other teams just in a different way.

“I know that Chelsea (who Liverpool beat 2-0 last weekend) defend against us different than against a lot of other teams. That could be because of the results we had in the last few games, but usually in possession they do what they want to do.

“In defending we could see how they tried to react to our full-backs and stuff like this. It is just the way Frank (Lampard) sets up against us.”

Liverpool switched from a 4-3-3 to a 4-2-2-2 formation during the Community Shield against Arsenal and have also employed a 4-2-3-1 approach in recent seasons.

And Klopp said: “We adapt as well. Not so much in terms of system-wise but in different positions we try to make sure that the other team cannot do exactly what they want.

“We think we have a wide range in the way that we play, to be honest. I am not sure if that is obvious. But intensity is always part of it.

“There is absolutely no reason not to be intense and we actually think we have no chance to be successful if we are not intense.

“We cannot just play like another team and save some energy in this or that moment. We have to do what we have to do on a high intensity and I am pretty sure the boys would say the same, to be 100% honest.”

Liverpool Echo

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