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Gary Neville: Liverpool are too ’emotional’ under Jurgen Klopp

Gary Neville believes Liverpool FC’s “emotional” brand of football is giving Jurgen Klopp’s team problems.

The Reds were leading 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium on Friday night but a five-minute wobble allowed Arsenal to turn the Premier League clash on its head.

Indeed, Alexis Sanchez, Granit Xhaka and Mesut Ozil all scored in four minutes and 45 seconds to capitalise on some woeful Liverpool FC defending to grab a 3-2 lead.

Brazilian forward Roberto Firmino managed to rescue a point for the visitors, who had looked like the dominant team aside from Arsenal’s brief purple patch in the second half.

Liverpool FC squandered a 3-0 lead in the Champions League in Spain earlier this season to allow Sevilla to rescue a point in a 3-3 draw.

The Reds have also suffered heavy losses to Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur in their only two Premier League defeats in the current campaign.

Former Manchester United defender Neville claimed that Liverpool FC needed to learn how to cope with “emotional” moments in games to avoid defensive collapses.

“Liverpool are an emotional team. Every time I come to watch them play, I think something is going to happen,” Neville told Sky Sports.

“It is an exciting game. Liverpool have to create some experience or mechanism on the pitch to say they’ve just conceded goal.

“They need a tactic to make them think they’ve just conceded one goal, how do they take the emotion out of the game. It might be that from a kick off, they go right to the corner and press in there.

“The emotion was in the game. Arsenal were on a high. Liverpool weren’t in control.”

Liverpool FC are in fourth place in the Premier League table and three points behind third-placed Chelsea with 19 games to go.

The Reds will take on Portuguese side FC Porto in the Champions League last 16.

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