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Jurgen Klopp wary of Arsenal ‘goal machine’ Aubameyang

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Jurgen Klopp
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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes the prolific Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has “no real weaknesses” ahead of their clash with Arsenal.

Klopp is well aware of Aubameyang’s abilities having worked with him at Borussia Dortmund for two years. The German, in fact, signed him from St-Etienne in 2013 for €13m as a successor to the Bayern Munich-bound Robert Lewandowski.

Aubamayang then justified Klopp’s faith in him by scoring 41 goals in 93 appearances before the BVB coach left for Liverpool in October 2015.

The Gabon captain later followed his old boss to the Premier League by completing a staggering €63.75m transfer to Arsenal in January 2018. He’s since cemented his place among the world’s elite strikers following an impressive start in English football.

Aubameyang has scored a remarkable 34 goals in his first 51 Premier League games. Nobody, not even club record scorer Thierry Henry, enjoyed such a prolific start to their Gunners career.

And even Klopp admits Aubameyang may give his highly acclaimed Liverpool defence some real trouble at Anfield.

“Auba has actually no real weaknesses apart from his fashion style! I’m really glad it has worked out well for him, because I really like him,” said Klopp, according to The Telegraph.

“I didn’t think about the Premier League when I signed him for Dortmund. He played as a winger at St-Etienne at that time, we needed a No 9 because Lewandowski left us.

“We thought long about it, then he came in and played on the wing and we played with [Ciro] Immobile as well. Later on, we realised he is a really good central striker, a No 9, as well.

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

“He plays now on the wing in a 4-2-3-1 which means he has to defend too and he is ready for that. He is a really good player.”

The Liverpool and Arsenal league match will begin at 18:30 (CET) this evening.

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 17: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal celebrates after scoring his team’s second goal against Burnley.