Klopp’s Reds are due to take on the Gunners at the Emirates on Friday night in a crucial Premier League clash, which could help decided which of the two sides qualifies for the Champions League next season.
But Klopp has perhaps stoked the flames before kick-off by claiming Arsenal are forced to divert from their usual free-flowing passing style when the play against Liverpool – and revert instead to a long-ball game.
The German coach met with the assembled media this afternoon, and speaking via the Mirror, he said: “A lot of the time against us, Giroud played from the beginning. That says a lot of Arsenal’s style against us.
“They are able to do everything.
“They can change styles, they played a lot of long balls against us.
Whoever will play, they have a strong side.”
Of course, Giroud looks unlikely to play in Friday’s game after picking up an injury in last night’s Carabao Cup win over West Ham – but does Klopp have a point about the long-balls?
Or is he just at the wind-up before a big game?