Jurgen Klopp admits Liverpool face an almost impossible task to contain Alexis Sanchez who is due to make his Arsenal return in Sunday’s heavyweight Premier League clash.
The Chile international’s future has been the subject of intense speculation all summer but looks set to remain with the Gunners until his contract expires in little under 12 months’ time.
Sanchez has missed Arsenal’s first two games of the season with an abdominal strain but looks set to make his eagerly anticipated comeback at Anfield with the Gunners looking to bounce back from last weekend’s defeat at Stoke.
‘The difficulty with Alexis Sanchez is that he’s pretty much involved in each situation, he is not fixed in one position,’ said Klopp.
‘Wherever he is, he is very dominant; coming deep, half-space, wing, centre. [He is a] world-class player. That makes it difficult.
‘We don’t have to think too much about it, we defend in space, we don’t follow him all over the pitch. We need to avoid the passes, that’s how it always was when we played against them, all the good results were with Alexis Sanchez I think.
‘If you are too much concentrated on him then, 100 per cent, Mesut Ozil will show up, [Olivier] Giroud, [Alexandre] Lacazette, [Theo] Walcott – oh my God – [Danny] Welbeck, I don’t want to forget anybody. Then [Aaron] Ramsey shoots from 25 yards or whatever or [Granit] Xhaka shoots from 40 yards – that’s all possible.
‘So you don’t have to think too much about the quality of them, we have the tactical skills, or tools, to make it more difficult, and that’s the first job to do.
‘Then, when we have the ball, we need to know where we have to play and that’s what preparation is it.’