What Virgil van Dijk told Jurgen Klopp after Arsenal draw

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What Virgil van Dijk told Jurgen Klopp after Arsenal draw

4th-placed Arsenal have swatted away a stuttering start to the season and gone on to accumulate 22 points from their last 10 matches, meaning they can narrow the gap between themselves and 2nd-placed Liverpool to just one point this weekend, should they be victorious on home soil tonight.

He believes Emery has won enough in his career - three successive Europa League titles and five major trophies at Paris St Germain - to warrant the respect his current 13-match unbeaten run deserves.

On Saturday, Liverpool travel to Emirates Stadium in London to take on Arsenal in exactly one such encounter.

Leno had good and bad moments in this game, but the German looks an upgrade on the aging and error-prone Petr Cech. That said, it is clear that some of their biggest players are back in form - with Ozil looking like the player who played for Real Madrid and Aubameyang and Lacazette showing the class they were signed for.

Liverpool FC have made big improvements to their defence over the past 12 months following the arrival of Van Dijk in a club record deal earlier in 2018. Liverpool are one of the only two teams in the league, whose xGA (expected goals against) are in single digits.

The point took Liverpool back to the top of the Premier League but they will drop to third if Chelsea and champions Manchester City win their respective games against Crystal Palace and Southampton on Sunday. They want to win the league.

Too many times in Arsene Wenger's last few seasons Arsenal completely lost the plot against their rivals.

The fixture has a history of high scores with the last nine Premier League matches bringing 42 goals.

"For us, it's not really possible to come and dominate Arsenal like we want". Leno looked unusually shaky in the air throughout the game and can be singled out as the main culprit for the goal, but the defending from Hector Bellerin and Shkodran Mustafi was suspect as well.

Matteo Guendouzi is suspended for Arsenal, meaning Lucas Torreira and Granit Xhaka start in the midfield, with Aaron Ramsey on the bench. Still can't get much reward for his work, though.

Liverpool have their own injury worries as they will be without midfielders Jordan Henderson and Naby Keita, who are not likely to be in contention for a recall until next weekend after hamstring injuries. "We have more mistakes than the ref, but it would have been cool if this goal could count!"

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