Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has one weakness, says Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp

David Cooper - Writer 12:42 24/08/2019
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Jurgen Klopp and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Liverpool’s front three faces its own stiff competition on Saturday evening as Unai Emery’s Arsenal bring their own speed demons to Anfield.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang heads up the trio alongside Alexandre Lacazette and club-record signing Nicolas Pepe, rivalling that of Liverpool’s prolific forward line of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is hyper aware of the challenge facing his side with Aubameyang one of his key weapons during their time at Borussia Dortmund.

The German signed Aubameyang from Saint-Etienne in 2013 with the Gabon international enjoying a stellar career in the Bundesliga before moving to Arsenal last summer.

And Klopp has admitted his former charge is supremely talented, bar one area.

“Everybody knows everything about everybody, that is how it is and there are no surprises,” he said (h/t Goal) ahead of Saturday’s clash.

“Auba has actually no real weaknesses apart from his fashion style.

“When we played them so far we could kind of defend him but it is never possible to do it 100 per cent properly because of the speed he has. It’s just difficult.

“We know that, we have to work with it, deal with it. We did it in the past, we have to do it again and create our own moments.”

Klopp played a massive role in turning Aubameyang into one of the most fearsome forwards on the planet with a positional change at the heart of his emergence.

“He played as a winger at Saint-Etienne at that time, we needed a number nine because Robert Lewandowski was leaving us,” he said.

“We thought long about it, then he came in and played on the wing. Later on we realised he is a really good central striker, a number nine as well.

“It was not immediate like this. He developed incredibly and became a goal machine and I have to say his finishing is incredible. Combine that with the speed and it is really interesting.”

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