The Brazilian teenager joined the Gunners from Ituano for £ 6million in the 2019 summer transfer window and impressed under three different head coaches throughout his first year in England.
Of the 10 goals he has scored in all competitions, two have come to Anfield ahead of Klopp as Arsenal crashed out of the Carabao Cup on penalties after an astonishing 5-5 draw against Liverpool.
And after seeing firsthand how special Martinelli is, the Reds boss made a huge statement to delight Gunners fans and technical director Edu.
Martinelli is about the same age [as Liverpool defender Sepp Van De Berg] but he’s a talent of the century, he’s an incredible striker, so it’s really difficult, ”he said on Liverpool’s official website.
“It wasn’t just in this game. I watch a lot of football, so I’ve seen Arsenal’s matches in the Europa League, ”Klopp also told Brazilian TV show Esporte Interativo.
“He’s 18, isn’t he?” So our recognition department is all over the world and stuff like that, but I think Edu has all the credit for that signing – it came from… everywhere.
“He’s really amazing. So young, he already looks so mature, he’s a real threat. Yeah, he looks like a really decent player.
“But I didn’t want to put on a backpack [pressure] on his back with this thing [his earlier remarks] but I really like good football players and he’s obviously a very good player. ”
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With the 19-year-old returning to Arsenal’s starting XI for the first time since the 1-1 draw against Fulham in the win over Newcastle United on Sunday afternoon, he has vindicated Klopp.
Martinelli rewarded Mikel Arteta’s faith with a confident display at St James’ Park, ending with a nice assist for captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to bring the score to 2-0.
Based on performance, Klopp’s claim looks even better, with the Brazilian making a difference in the face of the Gunners’ attacking threat, whether from the left or from the middle.