Arsenal star Dani Ceballos stunned by Liverpool’s quality – ‘I’ve never seen another team like them’


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Arsenal midfielder Dani Ceballos has admitted he has ‘never seen another team’ like Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool and Unai Emery has a long way to go to emulate their pulsating style.

When the Gunners travelled to Anfield last month, they went as the only other team in the Premier League with a 100 per cent record after two games.

Dani Ceballos admits he was stunned by Liverpool’s quality at Anfield

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Dani Ceballos admits he was stunned by Liverpool’s quality at Anfield

But they left Merseyside with their tails between their legs after a 3-1 defeat in a game which saw Unai Emery’s counter-attacking tactics backfire.

It took time, but Liverpool broke down Arsenal‘s stubborn rear guard and took advantage of a number of key mistakes as Joel Matip’s header and a brace from Mohamed Salah sealed victory.

And Ceballos admits he and his new team-mates were left breathless by the European champions and the Anfield crowd.

“I’ve never seen anything like what I saw at Anfield,” the Real Madrid man told The Guardian.

“I haven’t seen a team that plays better, that presses like them, the way the fans carry them along.

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“They take the air from you. You spend so much time defending and when you want to do something with the ball, when you want to breathe, they’re back on top of you.

“They’re very well-drilled.”

Ceballos also admitted Gunners boss Emery is working on ‘similar things’ to Klopp, but the game against the Reds was a reality check for the Spaniard’s developing side.

“We can’t compare it at the moment,” he said about the Liverpool and Arsenal teams.

“We’re working on some similar things but Jurgen Klopp arrived at Liverpool in 2015. Unai came last season.

“Arsenal finished a point short of the Champions League and a small step from winning the Europa League; his arrival will be positive.

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Dani Ceballos is confident Unai Emery will get Arsenal back competing with the best

“In a few years Arsenal will be in the top ten teams globally, competing for everything.

“We’ve got a very good, compact side and the three up front really make the difference. You can compare [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang to Cristiano [Ronaldo] when he was at Madrid in the sense that he plays close to the goal, he lives for scoring. He’s very important for us, fundamental. [Nicolas] Pépé is very direct. And [Alexandre] Lacazette, for me, is the best player: he understands the game perfectly and, if he’s 100%, he’s going to give us so much.”


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