Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has described Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang contract decision as ‘bittersweet’.
Aubameyang signed a new deal after a summer of negotiations, the Gunners ensuring they won’t lose their star striker for free next summer.
The 31-year-old has been excellent since his 2018 move from Borussia Dortmund, scoring 66 times in 87 league games.
And that form is why Klopp, who is well acquainted with Aubameyang from the pair’s Dortmund days, has mixed feelings over the new contract.
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“The news that a player I know very well is committed to staying with them is bittersweet,” he said in his programme notes ahead of Liverpool’s clash with Arsenal this evening.
“I have been blessed to know Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and his family for a long time. He is a wonderful person as well as being a wonderful player.
“I say ‘bittersweet’ about his contract extension because as an opponent who has to face him it makes our jobs so much harder.
“But again, as a football fan and someone who now works in the Premier League, it is so good for the competition to have the very best in the world doing their thing here. He is definitely that.
“So our task today is very clear. We face amazing players, with outstanding football leadership, who are currently in a positive mood. An exciting challenge, I would say.”