The Arsenal head coach’s focus is on a surprising target ahead of the visit of the Reds to the Emirates.
Arsenal head coach Unai Emery has pinpointed the player that makes Liverpool tick and his analysis may come as a surprise to some fans.
He didn’t pick out Mohamed Salah, last year’s Premier League Golden Boot winner, or the hard-working forward Roberto Firmino whose pressing and support runs allow the Egyptian the freedom to play his game.
Neither Sadio Mane or James Milner got the nod for their important roles in Jurgen Klopp’s side, out wide and in midfield, respectively.
Emery has spoken about the importance of using goalkeepers in his own team’s build play all season and has recently confirmed Bernd Leno as his number one between the sticks given his comfort at playing with the ball at his feet.
Petr Cech has run into some difficulties while trying to play the way that his new boss at the Emirates demands.
Saturday’s game sees fourth take on second in the Premier League as
Arsenal aim to inflict a first league defeat on Liverpool this season.
The match is being seen as a major test of Emery’s new look side, who have won 11 of their last 12 games in all competitions.
It also happens to fall on Emery’s 47th birthay, but whilst the Spaniard does have plans to celebrate with his family after the full-time whistle, his focus is purely on trying to plot his way past a free-flowing Liverpool side who have enjoyed their best start to a league campaign in a decade.
“We need to improve in the defensive moment,” said Emery. “We’re conceding more chances than we want.
“I am very happy because we score a lot of goals, I think we are second in the Premier League [in goals scored]. And we have a player like Aubameyang who is the top scorer, which I think is very important.
“But I want to demand the players and Auba continue with this performance and more.”
The last time Emery and Klopp went head to head was in the 2016 Europa League final when Sevilla came from behind to beat Liverpool 3-1 in Basel.