Arsene Wenger admits unpredictability of Liverpool rotation makes preparation "difficult"

Jurgen Klopp has risked Arsene Wenger's wrath ahead of Liverpool's visit to the Emirates Stadium by claiming the Arsenal manager failed to get the best out of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Reds boss Jürgen Klopp will surely be looking to bolster his defensive ranks during the January transfer window, if he has genuine ambitions of his side challenging for major honours on all fronts this season.

However, Klopp took issue with those suggesting Liverpool need reinforcements, saying: "I don't think the solution is always a new player".

Liverpool's Fab Four, as they have been dubbed, have scored 50 goals between them already this season and Wenger concedes he faces a dilemma over whether to play a four-man or three-man defence.

"It's hard to guess, but we have tried to see what I'll do but for me the most important thing is we turn up and it's a positive performance".

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Pearce has however insisted that the 30-year-old is not sulking and is taking things the right way. The best bet for this game is the under 2.5 goals since Huddersfield might just park the bus.

"If you watch Arsenal in the past, their two decisive players were [Mesut] Ozil or [Alexis] Sanchez". The boys did well in different systems, which I really like because it's the biggest improvement.

"He did well from the first day, but I know how it is if you're kind of a big signing - then everybody expects you immediately on the pitch, and when you are on the pitch, then you have to perform immediately". But it's hard. "I was happy from the first day about his involvement, about his attitude, and since then he became more and more a Liverpool player".

He said: "They are a complete side, able to do everything. It's about us to just make sure we are on top of our game and that we play with pace and a determined attitude".

"There are always things to work on, that's how football is, but of course the numbers are important - only four [conceded] in the last nine is good". "After that we looked at certain things to try and change them and then it's all about the togetherness in the squad". Whoever will play, they have a strong side.

  • Lawrence Cooper