Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has expressed his surprise with Arsenal loaning out Albert Sambi Lokonga this season.

The Reds manager was speaking at his pre-match conference ahead of Wednesday’s meeting with Luton Town, for whom the Gunners midfielder currently plays.

Arsenal loaned Lokonga out to the Premier League newcomers back in September, and he has made 13 appearances in all competitions for them.

A hamstring injury kept the Gunners man out of action for all of October and November, but he returned in mid-December and is now a regular.

Liverpool are now set to face Lokonga’s Luton at Anfield, with the Reds eager to extend their lead at the top of the table and the Hatters desperate to come out of the bottom three.

Speaking to the press ahead of the match, the Arsenal loanee was one of several opposition players Klopp praised.

“Lokonga, when you see him you can tell he’s an Arsenal player on loan deal,” the Liverpool boss told BBC Sport. “Interesting! They are strong and experienced. They are a really together [squad].”