Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says his side are not getting distracted by Arsenal’s defensive crisis ahead of their meeting on Sunday.
The pair open their Premier League campaigns’ at the Emirates and ahead of the game, the Gunners look extremely short at the back, with Laurent Koscielny, Gabriel Paulista and Per Mertesacker all set to miss the game.
It leaves summer signing Rob Holding, Calum Chambers and 18-year-old Krystian Bielik as their central defensive options, while left back Nacho Monreal may also deputise.
The situation means Liverpool could be forgiven for becoming complacent in the build-up to the game, especially with so much attacking talent at their disposal.
Klopp insists this is not the case though, arguing that Arsenal’s quality elsewhere means they cannot be taking lightly ahead of Sunday’s game.
He said: “They have a lot of wonderful players for their offensive play and it’s only one game. It’s not that they have to play with this team the whole season or we have to play this team season — then we could talk about advantages or not. For this one game, it’s not a big role.
“If we would make the first and main mistake, then we’re thinking about if there are defensive problems [for Arsenal]. We didn’t think a second about this. We only think about our play and our game.”
The additions Klopp has made this summer appear to have heavily strengthened Liverpool and punters may look to use their free bet to back the Reds for a top-four finish.