Liverpool could save £35 million by challenging Arsenal for Daniele Rugani

However he did admit he is looking forward to the occasion with the Evening Standard reporting he said of Friday's crunch return to the Emirates: "It will be a special occasion for me, full of emotion I'm sure. Alex came in the middle of the season, that's why I don't like these late transfers but that's how it is", Klopp told Liverpool's website on Wednesday.

"Here, we put it on much more shoulders, and if he's on the pitch he needs to be involved in situations like this". Then you are not that much involved. "(He's sometimes a) little bit too much of a midfielder instead of a striker - there are a lot of things he can improve, but I'm really happy about the status quo".

"So I'm fine for the moment, it is all good, but I see really a lot of space for improvement as well, and that's good".

Klopp's approach has changed since that day, however, with the German navigating a busy winter schedule of 13 games in 45 days by routinely changing his starting lineup.

Arsene Wenger has conceded it may have been a mistake to play Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the 4-0 defeat to Liverpool just days before he made a £35million move to Anfield.

Nacer Chadli and Matt Phillips could return for West Brom at Stoke on Saturday
Nacer Chadli and Matt Phillips could return for West Brom at Stoke on Saturday

Arsenal are known for their expansive style of football, which has often left them suspect at the back, but Klopp believes Wenger has often tweaked his team when playing against Liverpool.

He said: "They are a complete side, able to do everything".

Liverpool will head into Friday's match against Arsenal a changed side-a more defensively capable side.

"That's the way we play, it's not about the back four or any individual who can change these kinds of things, it's more about the unity of the team and the way we press up high. We must play with pace and a determined attitude".

But Wenger stressed neither the out-of-position Maitland-Niles or summer signing Sead Kolasinac would be troubled by the likes of Salah, saying "both of them are quick and strong and good".

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