Jurgen Klopp has admitted that the way Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta set his side up made life difficult for Liverpool in the Community Shield.
The Gunners claimed victory over the Reds at Wembley on Saturday, winning a penalty shootout 5-4 after the two sides couldn’t be separated during the 90 minutes.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored once again for Arteta’s side after just 12 minutes, while Takumi Minamino equalised with his first goal for Liverpool with less than 20 minutes on the clock.
The Merseysiders enjoyed the majority of possession, but struggled to create many goalscoring chances.
Arsenal were set up in a defensive-minded 3-4-3, and regularly had bodies behind the ball.
And Klopp admitted that Arteta’s tactics made life hard for his men.
“We deserved the equaliser and could have scored more but we didn't do that,” the German said.
“When you play against a formation like this then you need to be really fresh in the final third and you need to force it, create angles. The rhythm for that fell a little bit. Today it was not enough.”
In contrast, Arteta hailed the bravery his side showed to beat one of the best teams in the world.
“I’m so happy,” he said. “I knew the challenge we were facing today. Thank you to the players for the effort and the performance.
“The courage of the team [was the most pleasing thing], how aggressive we were without the ball and to break the pressure of Liverpool. I knew in the second half we would suffer.
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“This generates belief, to be able to compete against a team like this in a final makes me happy.”
Liverpool start their season on September 12 against Leeds, while Arsenal face Fulham earlier the same day.
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