Jurgen Klopp reveals Aubameyang’s only weakness ahead of Liverpool vs Arsenal – but it has nothing to do with football
Jurgen Klopp is hoping his former striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang does not come back to haunt him when Liverpool host Arsenal on Saturday evening LIVE on talkSPORT.
The German was instrumental in the striker’s development after signing him for Borussia Dortmund from Saint-Etienne in 2013.
And while Klopp has fond memories of their time together in the Bundesliga, the Anfield boss is wary of the threat he poses ahead of the mouthwatering clash on Merseyside.
In fact, he says Aubameyang has only one weakness – his choice of clothes!
“It is four years since I worked with him,” Klopp said. “Everybody knows everything about everybody, that is how it is and there are no surprises.
“Auba has actually no real weaknesses apart from his fashion style.
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“When we played them so far we could kind of defend him but it is never possible to do it 100 per cent properly because of the speed he has. It’s just difficult.
“We know that, we have to work with it, deal with it. We did it in the past, we have to do it again and create our own moments.”
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Klopp also revealed it was his decision to deploy Aubameyang in the No.9 role for the first time during his time at Dortmund.
“He played as a winger at Saint-Etienne at that time, we needed a number nine because Robert Lewandowski was leaving us,” he added.
“We thought long about it, then he came in and played on the wing. Later on we realised he is a really good central striker, a number nine as well.
“It was not immediate like this. He developed incredibly and became a goal machine and I have to say his finishing is incredible. Combine that with the speed and it is really interesting.”
While Liverpool have started the Premier League campaign with consecutive victories, Klopp has stressed there’s plenty of room for improvement.
“We know we can improve,” finished the German, “but it’s not about being perfect at the start of the season, it’s about being ready, and we were.
“Now we work on being perfect. We may never reach it, but we work. There are a lot of positive things, but a lot of space for improvement, too. It’s a team sport, and you have to work. Then let’s play football.
“So far, so okay, not more. Now let’s go again against Arsenal.”
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