'It's one game... let's look forward to the derby'

Granit Xhaka

Granit Xhaka was one of two changes that Unai Emery made for Saturday's game at Anfield.

The Switzerland international replaced Reiss Nelson in the starting XI as our head coach reshuffled his midfield, with Nicolas Pepe also coming in for Alex Lacazette.

Xhaka spoke to the media after the game. This is what he said:

on his analysis of the game...

I think the second half was much better than the first half. We had a few chances in the first half to score one or two goals. If we'd have done that, it would have been a different game. We can speak a lot but we lost the game. We didn't have a bad game in my opinion because we defended well and Liverpool didn't have a lot of chances. We had shots as well but they're a good team. Let's look forward. 

on Nicolas Pepe and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang up top...

We have very good players, not only these two, all over the team. We can do something special this season but we have to work a lot to improve things. After, we will see at the end of the season. 

on why we struggle against Liverpool...

They have a good team, a great team of great players and it's always difficult here. It's not only for us, a lot of teams find it difficult when they come here. It's one game and we've lost today but we have to be positive for the next few weeks. 

on the north London derby...

We have nothing to take from this game or other games because it's a derby and we know how important it is for the fans, the club and for us. We have shown in the last few years that we can have very good games against them. Let's start getting ready this week so we're ready to play against Spurs. 

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