Liverpool vs. Arsenal: Jurgen Klopp's Key Comments from Pre-Match Presser

Gianni VerschuerenFeatured ColumnistJanuary 11, 2016

STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND - JANUARY 05:  Jurgen Klopp the Manager of Liverpool applauds the fans following their team's 1-0 victory during the Capital One Cup semi final, first leg match between Stoke City and Liverpool at the Britannia Stadium on January 5, 2016 in Stoke on Trent, England.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has played down the rumours linking his club with Corinthians forward Alexandre Pato, while he also confirmed Mamadou Sakho should be available for Wednesday's Premier League clash with Arsenal.

Speaking to reporters during his pre-match press conference, the German addressed rumours he was on the verge of making a deal for Pato, per Rhys Turrell of the Daily Star.

As shared by James Pearce of the Liverpool Echo, Klopp advised reporters not to look too much into it:

He then turned his attention to the upcoming match and Liverpool's ongoing defensive injury crisis. The Reds have lost several players to injuries in the last few weeks and were forced to start the likes of Tiago Ilori and Jose Enrique in the FA Cup match against Exeter City.

Per the club's official Twitter account, options will be limited for the Arsenal match, although Sakho should return to the side and join Kolo Toure and makeshift centre-back Lucas Leiva as the available central defenders:

The former Borussia Dortmund manager admitted his team have struggled of late, although he hopes his players can replicate the form they showed against Stoke City:

Turning his attention to the task at hand, Klopp showered Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger with praise for the incredible job he's done with the Gunners all these years, via Liverpool FC News:

Klopp knows these matches are never easy:

The Reds have struggled breaking down defences this season, and Klopp's teams usually play better against sides who are willing to move the ball as opposed to sit in their own half. The Gunners won't do the latter:

Finally, he warned reporters not to look too much into his experiences of going up against Arsenal during his time with Dortmund, per Pearce:

Liverpool's struggles with injuries have turned a promising start to the Klopp era into a bit of a nightmare, and this match against the in-form league leaders couldn't come at a worse time.

The Reds badly need some momentum in order to keep up in the race for the European tickets, but Klopp can barely field a starting XI he can feel confident about.

Consistency has been an issue for Liverpool, but if they play with the defensive verve they showed against Stoke City in the Capital One Cup, they may just have a chance of grabbing a result against the Gunners.