Martin Keown: I would have loved to play under Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp

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Martin Keown had the privilege of working under Arsene Wenger for eight years at Arsenal.

During that time, from 1996 to 2004, the former centre-back saw many changes that would result in three Premier League titles, three FA Cups and three Community Shield triumphs.

It was the philosophy introduced by Wenger that was most telling, with an attractive brand of free-flowing football emerging at Highbury.


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The high-profile signings of Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira, Marc Overmars and Nicolas Anelka before the turn of the millennium played an important role in Arsenal's meteoric rise, too.

Keown ultimately couldn't have hoped for a better manager to play for - bar Sir Alex Ferguson - but he's now revealed the current Premier League boss that he would have loved to work with during his playing days.

In a Q&A session with Daily Mail readers, the 50-year-old was asked who his preference would have been out of Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino.

And his answer? As you might have guessed, Klopp.

He said: "I like that madness of his personality! There's an energy about him and he seems to connect with his players.

"Just this morning, Divock Origi has said he knows the manager believes in him, even though he's been restricted to just five substitute appearances in the Premier League.

"Klopp makes the whole group feel important. If someone shows that belief in you then sometimes that's all it takes."

It was one year to this day, October 8, that Klopp was appointed Liverpool manager and he's since transformed them into challengers for the Premier League.

Eighteen league goals scored and fourth in the table after seven games represents a decent start for the Reds, with the likes of Philippe Coutinho, Adam Lallana and Roberto Firmino firing on all cylinders.

Keown was also asked for his opinion on Arsenal as title contenders following their dramatic late victory over Burnley last weekend.

Laurent Koscielny scored the controversial winner using his hand and was perhaps fortunate to not have it ruled out.

"It gives the group confidence when you win in the last minute," was Keown's response. "The trip home from Burnley would have been a good one.

"You start to foster that belief. It wasn't Arsenal's best performance of the season but sometimes you just have to find a way to win.

"It was a good weekend for Arsenal with Manchester City losing - their rivals have shown weaknesses - but we just turn another page in the Premier League season.”

An inconclusive answer from Keown, who rightly believes it's far too early for Arsenal to be considered genuine challengers for the Premier League title.

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