Jurgen Klopp full of praise for Gabriel Jesus as Liverpool gear up for Arsenal showdown

Arsenal striker Gabriel Jesus gestures during the UEFA Europa League match between Arsenal and Bodo/Glimt on 6 October, 2022 at the Emirates Stadium, London, United Kingdom
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Liverpool (opens in new tab) boss Jurgen Klopp has enthused about Arsenal (opens in new tab) striker Gabriel Jesus, as he prepares his team for Sunday's crunch Premier League clash at the Emirates Stadium.

Klopp has spoken of his long-standing admiration for the Brazil (opens in new tab) international, who joined the Gunners from Manchester City (opens in new tab) in a £45m move this summer.

Jesus scored his sixth goal for Arsenal as Mikel Arteta's side beat Tottenham 3-1 in the North London derby last time out in the league, and Klopp says the Reds must ensure the 25-year-old "stops flying" as they chase only their third league win of the season.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp looks on during the UEFA Champions League match between Liverpool and Rangers on 4 October, 2022 at Anfield, Liverpool, United Kingdom

Klopp is in no doubt about the danger posed by Jesus (Image credit: DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

During his pre-match press conference on Friday, the German said: "I don't know [Jesus] on a personal basis, but I've always liked him as a player."

Klopp also acknowledged Jesus' sublime dribble to tee up Fabio Vieira for Arsenal's third goal in Thursday night's 3-0 Europa League victory over Bodo/Glimt.

"The third goal last night was a nice set up, so he is full of confidence – plus [he has] the quality of top-class players around him. He's flying in this moment; that's clear. If you're not playing against them, it's easy to enjoy what he's doing. We need to make sure he stops flying for a weekend."

Gabriel Jesus of Manchester City and Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp shake hands after the Premier League match between Manchester City and Liverpool on 10 April, 2022 at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester, United Kingdom

Jesus and Klopp shake hands following the pair's previous league meeting, in which the Brazilian scored for Manchester City (Image credit: Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Jesus' assist on Thursday was his fifth of 2022/23 in all competitions, taking him to 10 goal involvements in 10 appearances this term.

He scored five goals against Liverpool for City, most recently in last season's pulsating 2-2 draw at the Etihad Stadium.

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