Liverpool Coach Jurgen Klopp Praises Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistAugust 24, 2019

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 17:   Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal in action during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Burnley FC at Emirates Stadium on August 17, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has heaped praise on Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubayemang ahead of the teams' clash in the Premier League on Saturday.

Per the Guardian's Paul Wilson, Klopp joked about the Gabon international's fashion sense before delving into his development at Borussia Dortmund:

"Auba has no real weakness apart from his fashion sense. It is four years since I worked with him, and we are not really in contact any more, but he was my player so I follow his career. I like him as a person, so I am happy that it has worked out really well.

"He was playing as a winger with St Etienne when we signed him, so that's how we used him at first. Then we suddenly needed a No 9 because [Robert] Lewandowski left us, and when we tried Auba, we realised he is a really good central striker. It did not happen immediately, but over time he developed incredibly in the position and became a goal machine.

"I have to say his finishing is incredible. Combine that with his speed and it makes for a really interesting opponent. Now he is playing on the wing again in a 4-2-3-1, which means he has to defend as well, but he is ready for that. He is a really good player."

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 17: Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool acknowledges the fans following his teams victory in the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Liverpool FC at St Mary's Stadium on August 17, 2019 in Southampton, United Kingd
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Aubameyang became one of the world's most productive strikers under Klopp at Dortmund. He broke out in the 2015-16 campaign, scoring 25 Bundesliga goals, and joined Arsenal in 2018.

He's been among the Premier League's best marksmen since his arrival and will share the pitch with two other goal-getters on Saturday:

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Most non-penalty goals scored in the Premier League since the matchday of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's debut: 🇪🇬 Mohamed Salah (33) 🇬🇦 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (29) 🇸🇳 Sadio Mané (27) The Golden Boot winners share the pitch on Saturday. https://t.co/ThMggYq7XC

The 30-year-old has already scored twice this season, including in the 2-1 win over Burnley:

Aubameyang has mostly played as a wide man in the new campaign, with Alexandre Lacazette taking up the central areas ahead of him. The two have an excellent understanding of space and frequently change positions during attacks, confusing defenders.

It's a tactic the Reds also use with Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah. Both teams have won their two Premier League matches this term and are the only clubs with perfect records.

Liverpool had little squad turnover this summer after coming close to winning the title last season, and they are regarded as favourites for Saturday's clash as a result. Arsenal are still incorporating their new signings, most notably Nicolas Pepe, who has yet to start.

The Ivorian bagged 22 Ligue 1 goals last season to go with 11 assists, and the Gunners are hoping he can complete an attacking trident that can rival that of the Reds.

He could make his first start at Anfield, adding even more pace and depth to the Arsenal attack.