Jurgen Klopp has sent his Liverpool side a warning as they prepare to face Arsenal amid an injury crisis.
The Premier League champions will look to make it three wins from three games as they host Mikel Arteta’s side who are also unbeaten.
But they will have to do it without goalkeeper Alisson or impressive debutant Thiago Alcantara, who both picked up injuries over the weekend.
Klopp, though, has called on his side to take their performance up another gear to face the north London side.
Writing in the club programme, the manager said: “So our task today is very clear. We face amazing players, with outstanding football leadership, who are currently in a positive mood. An exciting challenge, I would say.
“Against Leeds and Chelsea I have seen we are in this mood. I said, after Chelsea specifically, that I liked that it was a performance that felt like ‘us’! By that I meant the intensity of our work.
“We were in every moment. We treated every second of that game like it was a battle to win, individually and collectively.
“That’s a Liverpool performance. Dwell on nothing, be in every moment of the contest and show humility in your approach by recognising you have to work harder than your opponent before you can even think about winning. Our intensity showed our humility.
“But of course it means nothing if we don’t continue on this path. We need to be at this level constantly. The competition is so strong that if you dip even one per cent you have no chance.”
Klopp will be looking for his defence to keep Gunners captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang quiet at Anfield.
And the German made an admission about the forward he used to work with at Borussia Dortmund.
He added: “The news that a player I know very well is committed to staying with them is bittersweet.
“I have been blessed to know Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and his family for a long time. He is a wonderful person as well as being a wonderful player.
“I say ‘bittersweet’ about his contract extension because as an opponent who has to face him it makes our jobs so much harder.
“But again, as a football fan and someone who now works in the Premier League, it is so good for the competition to have the very best in the world doing their thing here. He is definitely that.
“So our task today is very clear. We face amazing players, with outstanding football leadership, who are currently in a positive mood. An exciting challenge, I would say.”
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