‘He has changed the whole mood in the club’: Jurgen Klopp heaps praise on Mikel Arteta and admits Spaniard has done a ‘pretty impressive job’ in turning around Arsenal
- Jurgen Klopp heaped praise on Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta ahead of clash
- The Spaniard has continued to build on his first season with two wins from two
- Klopp hailed Arteta as an ‘exceptional manager’ for turning Arsenal around
Both the Reds and the Gunners have taken six points from their opening matches in the Premier League, as Arteta continues to build on his promising first season in charge at the Emirates Stadium.
Klopp praised the Spainard, who led Arsenal to an unexpected FA Cup title last season, as he hailed him an ‘exceptional manager’.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has plenty of praise for Mikel Arteta ahead of Arsenal clash
Klopp hailed him an ‘exceptional manager’ for turning around Arsenal’s fortunes last season
‘I am not sure I should compare, but Arteta has showed in a short period he seems to be an exceptional football manager,’ the Liverpool boss said in his pre-match press conference.
‘The team he sets up now, the structure is exceptional. You can see the balance between defence and attack. Good organisation but freedom for players, uses them in right place.
‘He’s done a pretty impressive job. He has changed the whole mood in the club, I don’t think a lot of people thought he would have won anything but he did that with the FA Cup.
‘And now the English super cup, that’s pretty impressive. They will be a tough opponent.’
Klopp said that Arsenal are very dangerous on the counter attack due to defensive structure
When breaking down the changes that Arteta has made with the Arsenal players, Klopp put it down to their defensive shape and warned they will have to be careful to not be caught on the counter attack on Monday night.
‘It’s their defensive structure, they defend properly,’ he added.
‘All the players are involved, they defend in a 5-4-1, when you have quality players it is tricky for the other team and then their speed on the counter can make them dangerous.
‘We have played them twice now and the super cup game was an open game, we were unlucky. And the league game we helped them because we gave two goals on a plate.
‘I can say a lot of positive things about Arsenal but we still have a chance on Monday night.’