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Mikel Arteta disagrees with Jurgen Klopp after Liverpool fan rant amid ‘intense’ Arsenal claim

Atmosphere at Anfield has been a topic of discussion ahead of Arsenal’s clash with Liverpool this weekend which sees the Premier League’s top two do battle Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta believes the Anfield atmosphere will be “great” in the aftermath of Jurgen Klopp’s rallying cry for Liverpool supporters to turn up and support the team on Saturday. It comes as the Reds have played in front of a slightly flat home crowd over their past two games.

The first came in a huge clash with Manchester United, where the home side were expected to walk out as winners in a dominant fashion. That didn’t turn out to be the case though, with Klopp’s side unable to unlock the Red Devils, meaning the tie played out as a drab 0-0.
There was a slightly flat atmosphere that appeared to carry over to their midweek Carabao Cup tie with West Ham, despite walking out as 5-1 winners. The head coach addressed the fans in a rant ahead of their huge match with Arsenal at the weekend, with the two teams eyeing top spot for Christmas.
We need Anfield on Saturday,” Klopp told the media. “Arsenal didn’t play this week. Anyone who knows anything about them knows they will be prepared, so we need Anfield on their toes from the first second, without me having an argument with the opposition coach. If it is too much football in December, if you are not in the right shape, give your ticket to somebody else.
It may come as a slightly harsh plea to those supporters, though with the intention of getting them behind the team in a big match. Arteta has taken the opposite approach, praising the crowd and believing they will be up for the game, with no specific thoughts on Klopp’s comments.
It’s going to be a great atmosphere. The two teams are in a really good moment, really good position, really strong position. They are going to be well placed to win it and to go for it. It’s going to be an intense match,” Arteta told the press when asked about previewing the match.

When asked specifically about Klopp’s comments, he adds: “I don’t know. That’s a question for him. The way we’re going to prepare the game is to do what we need to do to beat them and to focus on our supporters as well. I’m sure a lot of them will be travelling tomorrow to help the team… I don’t know. I have enough thinking about the team and how we’ll prepare the game to win it.”

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