Mikel Arteta’s Liverpool admission highlights uphill battle he will have to overcome

Mikel Arteta and his young side are having to learn on the job

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That is underlined by the consistency of their starting XI, from Alisson in goal to the full-backs and the front three. Continuity is crucial – and that only comes with time.

Arteta meanwhile, whilst his side have shown plenty of promise, is trying to piece together a jigsaw and that was evident.

He said after the defeat: "I’ve seen some of the biggest teams in the world come here to this ground and collapse. It can be – in certain moments

"I think we were a bit [insistent] when things were not working or when we lost some balls, we had to mix our play much better.

"But we didn’t and that’s it. They were better than us for 90 minutes and that’s the level.

"They’ve been together for six years and today you could see the difference in the moment that we lost control of the game."

Klopp, when he inherited a Brendan Rodgers-assembled squad in 2015, had much the same problem.

When a manager is on a journey, like the German was for several years, bright sparks come in glimpses, rather than on a weekly basis.

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Klopp's Liverpool have been a top four side, with the exception of his first season, during his tenure, but they previously showed the type of frailties that saw Arsenal come unstuck at Anfield.

Arteta will have to work with that lack of experience and cohesion with time the only factor that can change that.

It means an element of patience is required after such defeats – and especially when the team have responded like they have to a poor start.

But whilst the manager and his player grow as they go they are having to challenge teams in Liverpool and Manchester City who are so accustomed to producing what their managers demand.

Even some of those in the top four race, like West Ham, appear to be fully in tune with their roles.

The Gunners, currently, don't seem to have that familiarity.

The Arsenal boss added: "I think we threw the game away in 15 minutes, doing exactly what we didn’t have to against the best team in the league.

"They were attacking us in short counters, where in two or three passes, they have their wingers going on the inside of your full-backs. It’s something we should have done better. We didn’t. But that’s the reason.

"At the moment, they are better than us and we lost the game."