Klopp braced for direct Arsenal approach

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has admitted he expects Arsenal to once again adopt a direct approach in Sunday's Premier League clash at the Emirates.

The Merseysiders travel to London for their 2016/17 Premier League curtain-raiser, and Klopp has commented on what he expects from the Gunners.

Arsene Wenger's side is renowned for their easy-on-the-eye style of play, although they adopted a different approach when they last faced the Reds, with an entertaining clash ending in a 3-3 draw.

Olivier Giroud and Mesut Ozil were in inspired form that day, leading Klopp to suggest that the Gunners could look to replicate that performance on Sunday.

"I think everyone who saw the game saw the difference between this game and all the other Arsenal games," Klopp told reporters.

"But in the last few years Arsenal had a more direct style. They have only good football players but at the end they don't use all of them in each build up or each offensive movement – it is a myth.

"It is definitely a plan and they want to win games."

He added: "Arsenal is usually a football playing team but last time against us there was a lot of long balls and always to Olivier Giroud. 

"The second ball was to Ozil, they caused us a lot of problems in this game. That was a big threat on that day.

"We knew about it because a lot of teams chose this way against us so it we could have defended better.

"It was not about what they did, it was about how they did it because it was with the highest quality how Giroud and Mesut Ozil, especially, on this day performed."

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