Aubameyang has begun this season in fine form. Last season’s joint golden boot winner has found the net in each of Arsenal’s two Premier League games against Newcastle and Burnley.
And Klopp, who worked with the Gabonese international during his spell at Borussia Dortmund between 2013 and 2015, has identified his former striker as a real threat ahead of the game.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has started the season in fine form, with two goals in two games
Jurgen Klopp has identified Aubameyang as a key threat to his Liverpool defence
‘It is four years since I worked with him,’ Klopp said.
‘Everybody knows everything about everybody, that is how it is and there are no surprises.’
The Liverpool manager lauded the 30-year-old’s all-round game, although did question the star’s fashion sense.
‘Auba has actually no real weaknesses apart from his fashion style.
The Liverpool boss did take time to question the Gabonese international’s fashion sense
‘When we played them so far we could kind of defend him but it is never possible to do it 100 per cent properly because of the speed he has. It’s just difficult.
‘We know that, we have to work with it, deal with it. We did it in the past, we have to do it again and create our own moments.’
Klopp oversaw a key phase in Aubameyang’s development into one of Europe’s most dangerous strikers while the pair were at Dortmund. The German signed Aubameyang from French side Saint-Étienne in 2013 for approximately £12million, and converted the former winger into the club’s main central striker following Robert Lewandowski’s departure to rivals Bayern Munich.
‘He played as a winger at Saint-Etienne at that time, we needed a number nine because Robert Lewandowski was leaving us,’ he said.
‘We thought long about it, then he came in and played on the wing. Later on we realised he is a really good central striker, a number nine as well.
‘It was not immediate like this. He developed incredibly and became a goal machine and I have to say his finishing is incredible. Combine that with the speed and it is really interesting.’
Klopp oversaw a transformational phase in Aubameyang’s career while at Borussia Dortmund
For now, though, focus remains on the present. Liverpool host Unai Emery’s side as the two remaining undefeated sides go head to head in the Premier League. Liverpool secured wins in their opening two games against Norwich City and Southampton, although their trip to St Mary’s stadium was no walk in the park for last season’s runners-up.
Klopp is targeting an improvement in performance ahead of Saturday’s game.
‘We know we can improve, but it’s not about being perfect at the start of the season, it’s about being ready, and we were,’ Klopp said.
‘Now we work on being perfect. We may never reach it, but we work. There are a lot of positive things, but a lot of space for improvement, too. It’s a team sport, and you have to work. Then let’s play football.
‘So far, so okay, not more. Now let’s go again against Arsenal.’