Alexandre Pato
Pato warms up before the start of a Brazilian Serie A Championship soccer match - Reuters/Ueslei Marcelino

All speculations suggesting Brazilian striker Alexandre Pato’s move to Liverpool has been played down by the Reds’ manager Jurgen Klopp. According to the German, the English club will not sign the Corinthians striker in the January transfer window.

Major news reports suggested that Liverpool were set to sign Brazilian striker Pato to bring quality into their struggling attacking line-up. With the Corinthians’ man having a good season in his loan-club Sao Paolo, Pato’s arrival to Anfield did not seem far away from reality.

However, ahead of Liverpool’s Wednesday visit to The Emirates Stadium to face Arsenal, Klopp stated that he was not interested to give detailed insights on transfer stories until any deal has been finalised.

"My private advice to you is don't follow the Pato path any longer." Klopp said, as reported by Sky Sports.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is not alien to Klopp who has faced the Frenchman seven times before. However, all of them were before his time at Anfield. Wednesday’s clash will be the first time Klopp will face Wenger as the Liverpool boss.

“My respect for him grows day by day. It’s really intensive to work in the Premier League. He’s done a brilliant job.” Klopp commented on Wenger.

Klopp’s record against Wenger has not been great as the German has only managed a couple of wins against the Frenchman until now with Wenger having three victories over Klopp during his time as Borussia Dortmund coach.

Despite having a team rattled with injury, Klopp is confident that his squad will be able to match-up to Arsenal on Wednesday night.

“We shouldn’t talk too much about my experiences of playing against Arsenal. We will find a current plan for this game.” Klopp stated.

Five first-team defenders were missing due to injury when Liverpool faced Exeter in the third-round draw of the FA Cup. Klopp was forced to play left-back Jose Enrique in central defence partnering the debutant Tiago Ilori.

However, Klopp stated the deep injury crisis has cleared away a little as defender Kolo Toure is set to return to face his former club. Dejan Lovren and Mamadou Sakho are also in contention to make the team against the Gunners.