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26-Sep-2020, 03:53 am

Liverpool boss Klopp says 'exceptional' Arteta has 'changed the whole mood' at Arsenal

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Jurgen Klopp has described Mikel Arteta as an "exceptional football manager" as he targetshis first win over Arsenal since the Spaniard launched his north London revolution.

Arsenal then inflicted a penalty shoot-out defeat on Liverpool in the Community Shield at the end of August, leavingKlopp still searching for that elusive victory over Pep Guardiola's formerassistant.

On Monday, the teams resume their intriguing recent rivalryatAnfield, and while Klopp is confident Liverpool can extend their 100 per cent start to the season, he can see Arteta instilling a culture at Arsenal that is built for success.

After nine months at the helm,aclub that was blighted by instability before Arteta's arrival looks to have a firm footing and a sense of direction.

"Mikel Arteta has shownin a pretty short period of time that he seems to be an exceptional football manager. The structure of the team is absolutely exceptional," Klopp said.

"You can see the balance betweendefenceand offenceisreally good. There's goodorganisation, freedom for the players and he uses the players in the right position.

"Since he's been there, he's donea pretty impressivejob, changed the whole mood in the club. I don't think a lot of people thought he would have won any competition, but he did that by winning the FA Cupand alsothe English 'Super Cup' the Community Shield.

"That’s pretty impressive.Soit's a tough, tough opponent.

"They defend properly, all the players are involved. They defend in a 5-4-1 which is apretty trickysituation. I can say a lot of positive things about Arsenal because it's true, but I think we still have a chance on Monday night."

Liverpool will be without captain Jordan Henderson for the Arsenal game after he was substituted in the win at Chelsea last Sunday because of a thigh problem.

That could open the door for Thiago Alcantara to make his home debut from the start, following his arrival from Bayern Munich.

Klopp was cautious on that prospect, yet the recent Champions League winner would be an obvious candidate given how well he performed after replacing Henderson at Stamford Bridge.

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