Klopp happy, despite having to share the spoils with Arsenal

Klopp happy, despite having to share the spoils with Arsenal

They say you don't notice something until it's gone, and that is a good thing at Arsenal this season.

So what's missing? Apathy, for one. "He is improving. But also he has the ambition to do more".

In contrast to their last visit to the Emirates when they conceded three times in five minutes, Liverpool needed to show their new-found defensive resolve as a confident Arsenal started the brighter.

James Milner was the man who scored Liverpool's goal in their 1-1 draw with Arsenal on Saturday and, according to Jürgen Klopp, it was also the midfielder who offered some stern words to fire up his team at half-time.

Despite starting brighter, Arsenal were fortunate not to go behind in the first half when Mane steered home a rebound off the post.

"To be 1-0 up in the second half and not see it out, we are disappointed; with the chances we created we should have scored a few more goals".

Arsenal, however, produced a stirring display to earn a draw with Alexandre Lacazette striking with just eight minutes left on the clock.

But, that wasn't enough to keep him at the club, and he left the club for free to join West Ham this summer, as the incoming manager Emery made it clear that he wasn't part of his plans.

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He went public via his twitter handle to express his unusual feeling at waking up on Sunday morning to be excited as an Arsenal fan again because of the Saturday result. "Today is a more complete game for us".

As quoted by the Liverpool Echo, the Senegal worldwide was quick to dismiss claims that he is reconsidering his future at Anfield, insisting that a new deal is now the least of his concerns.

So how has Emery inspired such a swift turnaround from the malaise of recent seasons?

The England global will have a long and successful career at Anfield, something that fans have known since he fully broke into the first team last season and showed some mature performances against top opposition.

Leno had good and bad moments in this game, but the German looks an upgrade on the aging and error-prone Petr Cech.

Former Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi believes Lacazette's fine form is down to the fact he's now pretty much a guaranteed starter under new boss Unai Emery. However, the 26-year-old has yet to sign an extension, with his current contract due to expire in 2021. Emery's determination to increase the fitness and work-rate of Wenger's players is now beginning to bear fruit, and those who were drifting last season are now pulling up trees.

Meanwhile, Emery lauded Arsenal duo Lucas Torreira and Granit Xhaka for their performances against Liverpool. But the Uruguayan global is the type of player Arsenal lacked in the final years of Wenger's reign.

Arsenal have always been guilty of surrendering early in matches against their Big Six rivals, especially at Emirates Stadium.

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