Jurgen Klopp hails Arsenal youngster Gabriel Martinelli as a ‘talent of the century’

first_img Ewan RobertsFriday 1 Nov 2019 8:05 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.7kShares Jurgen Klopp hails Arsenal youngster Gabriel Martinelli as a ‘talent of the century’ The Liverpool coach was blown away by Arsenal’s Brazilian teenager (Picture: Getty)Jurgen Klopp has described Arsenal youngster Gabriel Martinelli as a ‘talent of the century’ after his brace against Liverpool at Anfield in the Carabao Cup.Although the 18-year-old was viewed as a signing for the future when he arrived from Brazilian side Ituano over the summer, he has quickly established himself as a big part of Unai Emery’s plans.He came off the bench in the opening game of the season and has made eight Premier League matchday squads, though it is his performances in the cup competitions that have really caught the eye. Advertisement Martinelli has seven goals in just 405 minutes of action this season (Picture: Getty)The teenager has seven goals in as many appearances, netting braces against Standard Liege in the Europa League, Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup and Liverpool.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHe looked very impressive once again against the league leaders and Klopp was full of praise for his performance, saying Arsenal have found themselves a real gem of a player.Talking about Liverpool’s own youngsters, Klopp told Liverpool’s website: ‘Sepp van den Berg as well, he played an incredible game.‘That’s really difficult to deal with these guys. Martinelli’s pretty much the same age but he’s a talent of the century, he’s an incredible striker, so it’s really difficult.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Then you have Mesut Ozil around and Joe Willock right, who scored by the way a really nice one, so a team like Arsenal in a counter-attacking mood – we keep them deep, play around them, we lose the ball and then it’s really difficult.‘Caoimhin [Kelleher] did incredibly. He conceded five and I don’t know, I think the second one maybe could’ve been different but all the others were really difficult to save. He’s an outstanding talent and it’s wonderful that we could give him the opportunity.’center_img Klopp was pleased with how Liverpool’s own youngsters dealt with Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Although Martinelli’s goalscoring exploits have grabbed attention, Emery sees him as more of a wideman than a striker.‘He prefers to play as a left winger – he also played as a right winger,’ explained the Spaniard. ‘I am using him as a striker because he played in that position in Brazil. Striker is not the best position for him. But the first thing in his mind is to help us.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisement Commentlast_img

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