Jurgen Klopp is relishing the chance to pit his wits against “one of the best managers in the world” in Arsene Wenger.
The Liverpool boss claims his admiration for his Arsenal counterpart has grown since he has experienced the demands of the Premier League.
Having forged a plan to beat Manchester City before Christmas, Klopp has been working on another scheme to take on the Gunners.
“Arsenal and Arsène have their own style. It’s possession football, so it’s clear that, if we want to play the same way, we will be without a chance because they’ve been doing it for longer,” Klopp said.
“Arsenal are not only a good possession team. That’s the problem. They have good counter-attacks, too, and that’s what you have to be aware of.
“It’s a job but it’s a really nice job to think about solutions and how to stop them coming through with their plan. I like things like this.
“It is always a big challenge to play these clubs but, if we showed something in these last weeks, it is that we have something like a plan against good football teams.
“My respect for Wenger has grown since I’m here. He’s done a brilliant job, one of the best managers in the world. It’s rare to do this over such a long period. It’s always a challenge to play against him and it is a challenge I’m looking forward to.
“Arsenal, together with Manchester City, are the two best teams at this moment in the Premier League. To stay in a good position against City they need all the points and they cannot decide where they get them. They will show us they are ambitious this season. They are in a good moment.”
Klopp will at least be able to welcome back Mamadou Sakho, Jordan Henderson and Jordon Ibe as his injury problems ease.