By Dominic King and Riath Al-Samarrai for the Daily Mail
Published: 22:29 BST, 23 August 2019 | Updated: 22:29 BST, 23 August 2019
Jurgen Klopp did his best to temper expectations but his wry smile told another story. Liverpool versus Arsenal has come to guarantee goals and the indications are that another explosive collision is in the offing.
‘I wouldn’t expect it, to be honest,’ said Liverpool’s manager. ‘But both teams are offence- orientated at least! If you look at how they set up, they have good footballers in each position and real speed up front. Real speed —wow! That makes it tricky to defend. There are a lot of things to consider.’
That is precisely what Klopp has been doing. As a reward for beating Southampton last Saturday, 72 hours after they had won the Super Cup in Istanbul, Klopp gave his players two days off, which he never normally does. He, however, was back behind his desk on Monday.
Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool face first big test of the season when they host Arsenal on Saturday
He might be content with Liverpool’s start to the season, which has yielded maximum points and a trophy, but there is something in his demeanour that suggests he is not entirely happy.
Liverpool, certainly, are not functioning with the same dash as when at their peak and the defensive side of their game is causing issues. They are yet to keep a competitive clean sheet and the threat arriving from north London is significant.