LIVERPOOL boss Jurgen Klopp was not interested in signing Arsenal pair Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
The Reds travel to London today to take on Arsenal in the late kick-off today (5.30pm).
It will be the fourth ‘top-six’ team that Liverpool would have faced this season in the Premier League, coming through them all unbeaten to date.
They drew to Manchester City and Chelsea and beat Tottenham to remain without loss in the league as they tussle for the title with Pep Guardiola.
But Klopp knows two Arsenal stars particularly well after their time together at Borussia Dortmund.
Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan both played for Klopp while in the Bundesliga and there were rumours they could join up with him at Anfield.
But the German manager turned down the chance to work with them again, saying he wanted to try his hand with new stars.
“I had that player,” Klopp said of Mkhitaryan, when pressed why he didn’t sign him.
“If you have had players, you know more about them. You want to learn about other players. That’s how it is.
“I knew quite early that he was going this way (to Old Trafford). There was absolutely no reason for me to jump in there. That isn’t how we work.
“We didn’t look for players we had already worked with. If you do that, you know their good, their bad and you wonder whether you will do it again.
“It’s not boring but you know everything about each other so how can you develop? Where is the next step? Where is the next push for development?
“We could have gone for a lot of players. But, first of all, you have to think: what do I need?”
Both stars will be in action later today when the titans meet at the Emirates.
Arsenal will be hoping to reverse a poor run against the Merseyside outfit, with a run of six games without a win.
For Liverpool, it will be another opportunity to show their title credentials before their midweek Champions League clash against Red Star Belgrade.