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    Tuesday, 15 March 2022

    'We keep annoying City' - Jurgen Klopp sounds Reds warning ahead of Arsenal clash

    Liverpool visit Arsenal looking to close the gap on Premier League leaders Manchester City to a point adrift on Wednesday evening


    The Reds visit the Londoners looking to close the gap on City to just a single point with nine games remaining.

    League leaders Manchester City missed the opportunity to open up a six-point advantage when they were held to a goalless draw at Crystal Palace on Monday night.

    And Jurgen Klopp has urged his players to keep "annoying" the Citizens as he warned his side's impressive defensive record will come under severe test at Arsenal.

    "That's the plan, of course," said the Reds boss on Tuesday. "We keep being as annoying as possible.

    "But we have to win our football games. Why should we say it's not our cup of tea? We are very ambitious and determined to do great stuff but we respect a lot how good they (City) are and we respect even more how good all the other teams we face on our way there (to the end of the season).

    "I'm not sure of all the 10 games we play but there are a few really tough ones in there. Every Premier League game is tough but a few are especially tough and one of them we play tomorrow night.

    "Sitting here and saying we win 10 games, it doesn't sound very likely. But as long as it's possible, we will give it a proper try, I can tell you."

    Liverpool have won their last eight Premier League games, a spell during which they have conceded only two goals. However, they will come up against an Arsenal side that has won nine of their last 11 top-flight matches to become favourites for Champions League qualification.

    "Whatever you want to achieve in football is based on defensive discipline," said Klopp. "You can only win if are consistent, and to be consistent you have to defend with everything you have.

    "I consider myself a positive person but with our games I am quite critical, I always think we can do better. If somebody says we have conceded two goals in eight, then I wonder what the mistakes were for the two goals.

    "I know how good Arsenal is at the moment and we shouldn't think of the defensive record we had, but the defensive record for this game. To defend them we have to be in a really good moment because they obviously have won a lot of games and are much more rested than us."

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