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Jurgen Klopp says he’ll ‘knock down’ those who doubt defending ability of Liverpool star Trent Alexander-Arnold and heaps huge praise on ‘talented’ Arsenal man Gabriel Martinelli


Jurgen Klopp has reiterated his admiration for the ‘talented’ Gabriel Martinelli following Liverpool’s win over Arsenal.

Liverpool showed their class at the Emirates Stadium as second-half goals from Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino sealed them a 2-0 win.

Liverpool gave their title credentials a huge boost with the win

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Liverpool gave their title credentials a huge boost with the win

But before Jota’s 54th-minute opener, Arsenal more than held their own and caused the Reds a few problems.

One of the Gunners’ brightest sparks was Martinelli, who out on the Arsenal left had an intriguing battle with Liverpool right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold.

The Brazilian got the better of Alexander-Arnold a few times in the match, however, Klopp was very happy with the efforts of his player.

Klopp added that anyone who doubts Alexander-Arnold’s ability to defend risks the wrath of the German.

“Both teams had spells of possession where the other team was patient, closing the centre, didn’t want to step out but we had to,” Klopp told Sky Sports.

“In the moment where we defended forward like in the second half, when the wingers defended the width. Apart from the diagonal balls to Martinelli, which Trent defended incredibly.


Many will feel Martinelli had the beating of Alexander-Arnold in the match

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Many will feel Martinelli had the beating of Alexander-Arnold in the match

“Martinelli is such a talented boy. It’s really tricky.

“If anyone says Trent can’t defend, they should come to me and I’ll knock them down. I cannot hear that anymore, I don’t know what the boy has to do.”

Klopp is a huge fan of Martinelli having previously labelled the Arsenal star the ‘talent of the century.’

And Martinelli’s performance against Liverpool has Arsenal superfan Piers Morgan ever so slightly worried about the 20-year-old’s future.

Morgan tweeted: “On a solitary positive note, @gabimartinelli was brilliant. Just hope he wasn’t so brilliant that Klopp nicks him.”

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